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II j.j Pessimist. 'i j, The movement for the closing of saloons on J Sunday received a very pronounced aid during the j!j J present week. Mr. Jacob Moritz, whose other ( name is the Salt Lake Brewing Co., and whoso !$ '1 business is the manufacture and sale of its beer i,', which is pushed to the extent of opening and running many saloons, to put it not too finely ; was made the leading nominee of the Republican party for State Senator from this county at the ) i coming election. This item of itself is significant, i but the temperance advocates of this section may J raise their hands in mute glory when it is known '! that George Buckle, an employ of the Deseret 1 4 News Company, also a member of the Mormon church, also the man who was mayor protem when 'i I Ezra Thompson hied away for a brief spell, nomi- 'Htf nated Moritz; while this nomination was seconded ' not only by Angus M. Cannbn, president of the m! Salt Lake Stake of Zion the leading numerical ?w subdivision of the Mormon church, but also by ,s Rev. John T. Austin, until lately secretary of the )' Y. M. C. A. in this city, and only a few weeks 'jj since appointed chaplain in the United States If army. Then the several Mormon bishops of the U 'p various wards who were doing missionary work i'H in that Republican convention went among their ' i peoples and when the vote was counted lo! the !, brewers' name led all the rest. There may be Hj j .. language adequate to express the contempt a Hj ij i right thinking person would feel for the whited H f j sepulchres who advocated the nomination of Mr. B if J( Moritz, with the reputation he enjoys among those H fi j howling with their lungs for restriction in the Hj fj traffic of saloon lives, but I plead guiltless of a H I 'fit ( command equal to the task. There is but one H I f5 word known to me in the English language cap- H I JS able of conveying any sort of conception of the H J n j l general sentiment and I am forbidden to employ H I i that word. H I ii There is not much room left for speculation as H f 'i , ) to the balance of a Legislative ticket nominated H ' va 1 ' by a convention capable of such an act. Lord! H IJ how it smacks of Smoot and Kearns. Moritz and H '. 1 1 the balance are pledged to the apostolic candidate H 1 ' for the United States Senate, and when the breth- H t 'lj ren will permit such things to be done to gain so H , W cheap an end, what room is left for sentiment in H i ' one whose natural bent is to the dark and hope- H jj( less. H 1 1 Some Republicans there are who imagine this H ' ticket can be beaten by Democrats. Sagely H m, enough they suggest that a Legislative ticket be H fj nominated by the Democracy that will com- H l 'ft mand the respect of everjr voter, no matter what HH 'If' his politics, nor what his religious convictions. W? '$ Well, I'm in favor of that. Let it be a labor of Hiv '5' ' duty a "missionary" labor as we aire all given to H i ', calling it in this land of "piety" and "principle" B l JL " and let the Democratic party demand that its best H I'i it f nien stan(1 for tno nominations. Select such as H A ' Go1- A- c- Ellis John Dern. Chas. A. Quigley, E. Hliil A. Wall, C. S. Varian, P. B. Stephens, J. H. Moyle, IrKt Simon Bamberger, Ruben S. Wells. Noble War- HlfiK rum, F. S. Richards, W. Van Cott, Andrew How- H I ,1 att, and others who enjoy the same standing in H j w the community. MAICE THEM RUN, and when Hf ' the votes are counted in Novmber it will be shown ? i ' ft t that the "son of man" on a Democratic ticket. B jfj j whose nominees were not as completely the tools Haj JUJ of the Mormon church and its pecuniary associate Hf j Hi in the person of Thomas Kearns, as those named m m on tho Republican ticket, would not stand the H! m ghost of a show in a community such as this. For H K where there are Mormons honest enough to re- Ki W pudlate the alliance between high churchmen hun- Bi S &ry or corruption and scheming and ignorant Rfl m tricksters, with tho means to do corrupting, there IBH aro Gentiles enough to lift the roofs off their HhIh houses when the golden shower begins, lest per- HHHL : , chance a few drops might escape them. But such a ticket should be nominated by the Democrats. Demo-crats. Men of tho character named can afford to be defeated, unless they would blush for shame to think they lived in a community which proclaimed pro-claimed so righteously, yet which practiced with a looseness as would make the most abandoned woman blush and hide her head from public view. By the way, what has become of the boomlet of Governor Heber M, Wells? His aspirations for the job that Smart has already bought were well known. Has he not converted to the faith of Republicanism those Democratic heroes, viz., General Charles S. Burton, Colonel Nephi W. Clayton and Adjutant-General John Q. Cannon? Is tho office of Governor of this State a sufficient reward for such pre-eminent services? Let no man think it! And yet his name has been completely com-pletely eliminated from all calculation for the position po-sition as if there never had been such a name. It is recited that the elimination came about in this wise. Hearing a good deal about the church leaders lead-ers favoring the candidacy of Apostle Smoot, Governor Gov-ernor Wells, who is not unacquainted with the value of church aid and who fully appreciates what its opposition implies, called on President Joseph F. Smith and desired to be informed if there were any reasons why he should not present pre-sent himself for the place. President Smith very frankly informed the Governor that his predecessor, predeces-sor, President Lorenzo Snow, had consummated an arrangement by which Apostle Smoot was to be rewarded with the seat in the United States Senate Sen-ate now occupied by Jos. L. Rawlins, provided he would surrender his immediate ambitions in favor of Mr. Thomas Kearns, (two years back), with whom the church had certain business relations, and President Smith said he was disposed to execute ex-ecute the promise of the late President Snow in that respect. Hence the depth and thickness of silence that covers the candidacy of Governor Heber He-ber M. Wells like a cloud, both by day and by night and by order of the church, as well as by . And what were the business relations the church had with Mr. Thomas Kearns, now, however, howev-er, Senator Thomas Kearns? Why, that gentleman gentle-man was then building a railroad to Los Angeles from this city and Senator Clark was helping make the track and lay the rails. This was the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake railway. There is also a Salt Lake & Los Angeles railway which runs as far as Saltair. This later road is controlled by the Mormon church and exists. That is, it differs from Senator Kearns's road in that it owns ties and rails, in place of hot air. Well, the church was willing to part with its road for some, at that time unexplained reason, Mr. Kearns was in a generous mood and offered $750,-000 $750,-000 for the 15 miles of road. He took an option thereon which ran while the Legislature was in session and paid, it is said, $35,000 in cash as earnest earn-est money. Subsequently, but while the Kearns option was still in existence, the representative of a genuine railroad syndicate approached President Presi-dent Snow to secure an option on the Salt Lake and Los Angeles line and when questioned as to what it was worth this representative said he thought $300,000 to $350,000 would be a very fair figure. "Why," said the surprised ecclesiast, "the road is now bonded for more than twice $350,-000." $350,-000." Kearns now has the Senatorship and the church is still railroading. And this calls to light another confirmatory story. One leading churchman in an adjoining county who had been "called down" hard by one of the twelve apostles, took his case to President Snow and spoke with the plainness that one man addresses another when he means what he savs, and he wanted to know what there was in the story that Kearns had paid the church for the position of United States Senator. President Snow, with childlike frankness said, "The church has received $35,000 from Mr. Kearns and I advised the brethren in the Legislature to get all they could out of him besides." Knowing the proneness of Latter-day Saints to follow the advice of their church leader a field for mathematical speculation is herein opened op-ened in which one can revel without restraint. But the boys on this year's ticket will not receive re-ceive the same reward as those fortunate enough to have been members of the last Legislature. There is a neat difference between tho running of a plain Tom Kearns, millionaire, for the United States Senate, and that of Reed Smoot, one of the twelve apostles of the Mormon church. And then, when one stops and contemplates the freedom with which all classes of people discuss dis-cuss the purchase of the Senatorship by Mr. Kearns and the bargain with the church by which Apostle Reed Smoot is to succeed Hon. J. L. Rawlins Raw-lins and the absence of any appearance of shame at the connection, it almost makes the heart stop beating. Good God! Is such barefaced infamy possible among a people who are lead daily by those to whom Thou speakest Thy name and will! THE PESSIMIST.