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About Bellevue gazette. (Bellevue City, N.T. [i.e. Neb.]) 1856-1858 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 10, 1857)
HENRY M. HURT,
News and Local Editor.
DELLCVUC, N. T.
THURSDAY, DEC. 10, 1857.
We received last evening per special
express, from the Seat of War," the
proceeding! of the Legislature, up to ad
journment, last night, which will be found
below. We are informed that the utmost
good feeling prevailed among the mem
bers, and every thing passed off harmo
niously. GEORGE L. MILLER, of Omaha,
wal elected President of the Council, and
JAMES C. DECKER, of Nebraska
City, Speaker of the House.
Our reporter will furnish us with full
proceedings of the Legislature, during its
Omaha, Tuesday, Dec. 8.
The Legislature met in the new Capi
tol building, at 3 o'clock. P. M.
The Council was temporarily organized
by electing Gen. L. L, Bowen, of Sarpy
Co., Pres., pro tern.
N. Saffbrd of Otoe Co., was elected
Clerk, and S. H. Elbert, of Cass Co.,
Assistant Clerk; John Reck of Platte
Co., Sergeant-at-Arms ; J. R. Cromwell,
of Pawnee Co., Door Keeper.
They proceeded to a permanent organ
isation, by electing the name officers, with
the exception of President; Geo. Miller
of Douglas Co., being elected to that
The House was temporarily organized
by electing S. A. Strickland of Sarpy
Co., Speaker, pro ten ; Sterit Curran of
Washington Co., Chief Clerk, and Mr.
George of Nemaha Co., Assistant Clerk;
Daily of Douglas Co., Sergeant-at-Arms.
But little done in the Council.
The House permanently organized by
electing James C. Decker, vf Otoe,
Speaker; Curran, of Washington Co.,
Chief Clerk, and Howard of Dukota Co.,
Assistant Clerk ; A. Matthias of Sarpy
The Acting Governor delivered his
. message, and both Houses then adjourned
T the Champions of Fashion
It seems that our reply to Chaucer, sev
eral weeks since, has disturbed the Rip
Van Winkle slumbers of the so-called
Platonian Bachelors' Association ; who, it
appears, having a great admiration of
hoops and dry goods, hive come to the
rescue of that class of women, that our
" Defense," denouueed. They accuse us
of being illiberal, and having a lack of
discernment. It may appear so to them ;
but we hope not to be so ungallant as to
defame the character of any true woman
We spoke derogatory only of ttw '. class,
whose greatest ambition is to follow the
prevailing fashions, regardless of cost, or
even common decency.
Our Platonian friend say, " that their
standard of woman's worth, is not meas
ured by the amount of Crinoline she
wears, but by her social, moral, and inte
lectual qualities ; and that good taste, in
woman, will always lead her to follow the
It is true, that woman, as a class, do
follow the prevailing fashion ; but we can
not call it good taste to wear a " love of a
bonnet," on the extreme back part of the
head, while the major part remains un
covered; nor do we believe that they
display good taste in sweeping the public
streets with five dollar silks,or expoting a
bosom white as alabaster, or riging them
selves in bishops, bustles, and crinoline.
Vo, str, gentlemen ! we have no admira
tion for walking bales of cotton, or trav
eling dry goods establishments.
It is barely possible that die Platonian
Bachelors, clandestinely bore away with
them, from ther former homes, the entire
wardrobe, of srroe modern woman, at
whose feet they were a devotee ; and as
they are now excluded form her presence,
they refresh their feeble memories, every
Sunday night, in courting the remains of
what was onee supposed to be a real wo
man. Yes, we fancy that we see them even
going through the ceremony of popping
the Question, with its stammering and
blushes, half supposing themselves trans
planted to the times that were " long ago."
And this is the nearest approach, that
they art able to make towards the fair
atx they are "pained," to see their fa
vorite idlt held up to contempt and acorn.
We respect and admire all irut women,
and are ready at all lime, to advance
their interests ; but of ever being able to
support a faikionalU woman, w Lave not
(he renvxett idea that our. pecuniary en-J
dition, will ever allow us to make such an
The noblest specimen of the handy,
work of the Creator, is mankind; and we
believe the human race was created for a
higher and holier purpose than mere dis
play, or the gratification of their animal
natures; and those, whether men or wo
men, that live only for show, t ufTering the
interior, the mind and soul, to be dwarf
ed by formulas and fashions, little under
stand the purposes for which they were
Every one should dress with taste, show
ing i proper regard for health and com
fort, but beyond this, all is superfuloua,
and often betrays the lack of common
ense and real refinement.
The majority of women are ready to
adopt the lutebt fashions, no matter how
absurd they may be. They do not stop to ,
consider whether it becomes them, or
whether it may effect their health ; but if
it is only Parisian, and Mrs. So-and-so,
has adopted it, of course they must, or be
cast out i f the pale of society. Thus it
ii, that a few individuals, living perhaps
in some obscure garret, in the great
French Metropolis, are issuing edicts
that govern a largo portion of our Amer
We allow that woman has progressed
since her creation; but when will she free
herself from the thraldom that now binds
her hand and foot ? Wheu will she rise,
nd in her majesty declare that the is no
longer a slave to that monster, fashiot ?
Oh, woman ! arise, and become thou the
noblest of the noble !
The Atlantic Monthly. We have
received the first number of this new
monthly published by Phillips, Samp-
son & Co., Boston. Mechnnicnlly it is
executed in a very neat style, although its
outside appearance is rather common
place. Its matter as far as we have had
lime to examine, is very good ; but not
The celebrities both in England and
America have been engaged as contribu
tors to this Magazine, and we trust it will
prove well worthy of patronage.
Among the contributors, we notice the
names of Prescolt, Emerson, Bryant,
Longfellow, Hawthorn, Whittier, Holmes,
Lowell, Curtis. Whipple, Quincy, Par
sons, Mrs. II. B. Stowe, Mrs. L. Maria
Child, Mrs. C. M. Kirkland, Mrs. Pike,
Trice,' $3,00 per annum. Fot wile
by the principal book sellers throughout
A friend in Bellevue, Nebraska, favors
us with a copy of the Bellevue Gazette.
I rom its oppearnce we should think it
was published among a company of enter
prising, thrifty settlers, who kuow how-
to appreciate the printer s labors. Build
ing is going on. and the erection of first
class, substantial houses is being done un
der the eye, and wiih the means of eas
tern meu of good taste. It must be the
right place for oiher eastern men to go to
who are seeking a home in Nebraska.
Randolph (Mass.) Transcript.
The military force have abandoned the
old route and were approaching Suit Luke
Valley by open plains of eastern descent
of Bear and Mallada rivers.
Gov. Cumiuing nnd Col. Cooke met two
days' march east of Fort Larimer.
a Brigham Young disclaims any knowl
edge of or participation in the destruction
of the supply trains.
Fobty-Seven States. Would any
one believe, without looking into it, that
we are in a fair way of carrying the num
ber of sovereign Stntes, orijinally thir
teen, and now thirty-one, up to forty ev
en ! But so it is. In the first place there
are Oregon, Kansas and Minnesota, whose
constitutions are already formed or form
ing. It is hoped that they will be admit
ted the coining winter, making the num
ber' of the confederacy thirty-four. Then
New Mexico, Nebraska and Washington
already thriving Territories, will swell the
aggregate to thirty-seven. Four new
States to be carved out of Texas, accord
ing to provisions in the treaty of annexa
tion, will give us forty-one. The addi
timal States demanded from the area now
included in California, would make forty
three Arizonia, Neosho, Dacotah and
Columbus territories carry us up to forty
six and Utah will be the forty-seventh.
Under the head " Doesticks takes an
other glass of beer" it is announced that
Mortimer Thompson alias "Doesticks,"
was married in New Haven, on Saturday
to Miss Anna II. Van Cleve, of Min
nesota. A telegraph from Washington of date
Nov. 23d, says the War Department de
sign sending two columns cf military into
Utah from the Pacific side, one from Or
egon, and the other from California.
There is a movement making by the
"American Industrial Association M in
New York to send "the industrious and
worthy poor" to the west.
John B. Holmes wus arrested in New
York on Friday, charged with procuring
the forgery of his wife name. Ada. to a
mortgage. He procured another woman
named Emma Duck to personate bis wife.
The Traitor caueht at last, in his
own Trap ! Startling Piece of
Yillainary and r rauu I 1 he
Hon. B. B. Chapman to be In
dibted for High Crimo Against
the United States, if Law and
Evidence are good for anything.
Matteson Thrown in the
Shade, by the Transcendent,
Sublime Rascality of our would-be-Delegate
The friends of the Hon. D. B. Chap
man were thrown into great consternation
last evening, on becoming aware of the
fact that he had by his grasping cupidity
and avarice, rendered himself liable, to
fins and imprisonment, by violating a law
of the U. S ; made and provided for just
It seems that Gen. Peter A. Sarpy
plared in Mr. Chapman's hand for prose
c,,,ion a clui,n "8ai"8t ,h U- p. 'freas-
ury , i. mi wis iirni iu iw? jjushtu vy mc in-
dan Luna, aid which Mr. Chapmnn
agreed to gel ullowed for an interest in the
same, or i fee of a thousand dollars I
(read the law below!) The fee of
a thousand dollars was offered and accept
ed! The barefaced and utter recklessness of
taking pay for services illegally rendered
in prosecuting a claim against the Treas
ury of the U. S ; and then signing a re
ceipt for the same in direct violation of
his solemn oath, and of a law upon this ex
pre subject, shows a hardihood worthy
the spirit uf a Brigand.
We know of no case so clear, so appar
ent, so glaring in all its details as this.
We know of no instance of a man occu
pying the position of Mr. Chupmau at the
time of the commission of this gross act,
in which all regard for principle, h nor
and law were so woutoidy set at defiance.
The attempt to defraud Gen. Sarpy
an old Indian Trader in these regions for
tho last thirty years, and a pioneer whose
weary foot-steps, was one among the first
to bruve the elements and the savage foe,
to explore the mysteries and beauties of
our fertile plains to defraud one whose
better portion of life litis been devoted to
ihe best interests of our Goveriimet and
the extension and expansion of our yo mg
Western Empire one whose locks have
grown grey in the whirling storiur of ad
versity and care, was crime enough to de
serve punishment, even hadhede.edno
The circumstances that Mr. Chapman
demurred to giving a receipt for a thous
and dollars in his own name is evidence
enough that he was perfectly aware of the
penalty attending such a criminal act. He
desired Gen. Sarpy to take the receipt of
his brother-in-law, Mr. Lockwoud, but
Gen. Sarpy refused, as Mr. Lockwood
was not ihe man he paid the gold to. We
have only time to place another deed of
the deepest die to this man's " Moral
Grnudc-ur. " The papers are in competent
and eminent hands and die case will be
proceed with immediately, and we have
not the slightest doubt of Mr. Chapman's
conviction. There are other papers and
evidence of a similar nature in another
case of the tame kin I that will be brought
to light soon, we und -rstand.
But here is the evidence of the fraud
and crime, and the law for the punishment
Received of Peter A. Sarpy, One
Thousand Dollars, the same being pay
ment in full for my expenses and services
in FRosEcuTiHo and collecting his
cliam against the Omaha, Oloe, and Miss
Dated, St. Mary's June 29th, 1S57.
(Signed,) B. B. Chapman.
True copy of the Receipt given by B,
JOHN R. SARPY.
The law upon this interesting subject
will bo found in the United States Statutes
at Large, Vol. 10, pare 170. chapter 81,
under me Act, entitled " ln act to pre
reid Fraiutf upon Treasury of the U. S',
passed February 26ih, 1853.
" Sc. 2. And be It further enacted, That
any officer or tut United Stat, or any per
on nomine any place or trust or proht.ordu
charging any official function, under, or in
connection with any Executive Department
or me l nited Mates, or House or Kepresent
stives of the Vailed States, who, after the
paseuge of this Act, shall act as an agent or
attorney for prosecuting any claim against
the United States, or shall In anv manner, or
tv any means otherwise than in the discharge
of his proper official duties, aid or assist in
prosecution or support or any such claim or
clarms, or shall receive any gratuity, or any
hare of, or interest in any claim from any
claimant againit the United Slates, with in
tent to aid or assist, r in consideration of
having aided or aiaisted, in the prosecution of
uch claim, shall be liable to indictment, as
for a misdemeanor, in any Court of the United
States having jurisdiction thereof, and on con
viction shall pay a fine not exceeding five
thousand dollars, or suffer imprisonment in
the penitentiary not exceeding one year, or
or both, as the Court In its discretion shall ad
judge." If this is not full enough to rover the
case, the following is, which leaves not
the slightest possibility of the Honorable
gentleman's evading the law.
44 Src. 3. And be it further enacted, That
any Senator or Representative in Congress,
who, after the passage of this Act, shall, for
compensation paid or to be paid, certain or
contingent, act as agent or attorney for pros
ecuting any claim or claims against the Unit
ed States, or shall in any manner or by any
means for such compensation aid or assist ia
Ihe prosecution, or support of any such claim
or claims, or shall receive any gratuity, or
any share of or interest in any claim, from
any claimant, against the United States, with
intent to aid or assist, or in consideration of
having aided or assisted in the prosecution of
such claim, shall be liable to indictmskt as
for a misdemeanor in any Court of the United
States, having jurisdiction thereof, and or
conviction, shall pay a ane not exceeding Ave
thousand dollars, or suffer imprisonment in the
penitentiary not exceeding one year, or both,
as the Court ia its discretion shall adjudge.
Pebiohal. We hod the pleasure of
meeting in our city last week, Hon. S. A.
Strickland, of the Bellevue Gazette, and
Nebraska Legislature. We were glad to
perceive that Mr. S. was in the enjoy
ment of excellent health, and in np way
depressed by the prevailing "bard times.'
He speaks most hopefully of the future of
the Territory generally, and of Bcllevvb.
in particular, and represents the condi
tion of the Gazette as being as prosper
ous as its most ardent friends could wish,
a circu-nstance which, for his sake, we
are rejoiced at. Strickland deserves to
succeed ; and will. Untiring, energetic
and shrewed, with an indomitable will
and perseverance, he is just the man for
a new Territory, just the man to aid in
the developn cut of her resources, and to
advapce her interests; and so, while en
gaged in promoting her good, cannot but
further his ow n in the general progress
" a consignation devoutly to be wished."
Pacific Cily Enterprise.
A superbly equipped carriage, costing
2 000; has been completed at Philadel
phia for Postmaster General, A. V. Brown
Senator Toombs Re-Elected The
Hon. Robert Toombs has been re-elected
U. S. Senator by the legislature of Geo
gia, for the term commencing March 4th
The Albany Evening Journal states.
that the quantity Vf Flour and Grain ar
riving by railroad and canal from the west,
is so great that there begins to be a scar
city of barges to take it to New York.
Some 5000 unemployed men assembl
ed in meeting at Independence Square,
in Philadelphia, yesterday. The meeting
was orderly. The issue of small notes by
the city for relief, was recommended.
The poiotoe rot is extending its ravag
es in the vicinity of Buffalo.
More than 60,000 of the Indian popu
uiioii of Bolivia have died of the yellow-
Mr. Samuel C. Nowlan, a civil engin
eer, has executed a plan for bridging the
bast river between Mew 1 ork and Brook
The " Sons of Malta " residine in Phil
adelphia, have donated S6500 towards re
lievmg the distress of the poor of that city.
The travel on the City Railroads of
New York, has fallen off 20 per cent.
during the last month.
The famous Burdell house, No 13 Bond
street, New York, is again to be occupied.
the family 01 a brother of Dr. Burdell
will shortly move into it.
The Lowell News says it is contempla
tion to commence running the Massachu
setts and Prescott Mill in about a fort
night, on full time, but with reduced wages
for the operatives. The mills now run
four days in the week.
The Union Manufacturing Company of
Nonvalk, und Loutisbury, Bissell & Co;
whose works have been suspended for
several weeks, have recommenced op
erations. They employ a great number
One of the large manufacturing estab
lishments in New Haven is about to in
crease its business in one third.
At the meeting of the State Agriculm
rial Society of North Carolina, the Hon,
A. tV . enable Muted, 111 the course of
a speech, that the Chinese sugar cane was
a preventative of typhoid fever.
The Buffalo papers are to be reduced
in size after the 1st of January, 1S58.
Captain Rvnders, U. S. Marshall of
New York soid by auction a number of
dimonds which he had seized some time
since as being smuggled. Their appais
ed value exceeded (27,000.
The Troy Nail Factory Works will be
going in a few days.
Telegrafh Under the Delaware
On Tuesday morning, a telegriph cable
extending from Philadelphia to Camden,
was succestrully laid across the Delaware.
The cable was made in England, and is
bimilar to the one which connects that coun
try with France. The time occupied in
laying it down was 21 minutes, and the
length of the cable is very nearly three
The amount of damage done w ithin a
short distance around Cornimr. N. Y. bv
the late freshet, is estimated at about 200
000 dollars. The amount of damage
done in the State will exceed a 1 ,000,000
The re-oneDinz of some of the manu
facturing establishments in Massachuseits,
is one of the best signs of a recovery from
the " hard times. " The Iron Works Co.
I all River, started their rolling mill and
nail factory on the 2nd inst, after a few
weeks suspension, and the American Lin-
11 I -II tmt t
en iiorus win sian soon, ine lami
Print Works in New Jersey also resumed
on tne 16tn with some 200 to 500 hands.
The factories situated at Manayunk,
1 niiadelphia, are begining to resume
work, and quite a number of them are
making active prparations to go 00 as
Local & Territorial.
The Gazette will be found at Wool
worth's Book Store, in Omaha, on Farn
Rev. C. C. Goes, of this city, arrived
in St. Louis, Nov. 19th. He had a plea
ant trip down the river ; and speaks in
terms of praise, of the officers of the
Florilda, the boat on which he was a pas
senger. If the man that broke our Thermome
ter, last Saturday, will call at this office,
he will receive a leather medal, gotten
up in the most approved manner, regard
less of expense.
Considerable quantities of Chinese Su
gar Cane, was raised in Sarpy County,
this year. The farmers are mt king prep
arations to grow it more extensively next
We received a letter on the Sih. that
was mailed in St. Louis, on the 23d of
November, having been fifteen days on
the road. The post masters and since
drivers, on the line, individually and
collectively, ought to be rewarded with a
tin whistle and a pocket full of sugar
plums, for the prompt manner in which
they discharged their duty.
We are pleased to see that new and
comfortable seats have been placed in the
School House. It is fitted up in a man
ner quite becoming a civilized commu
nity. We hope to hear some good preaching
there this winter, by those that officiute.
By-ihe-way, let those old sinners rest
awhile, and " pitch into" the Judases of
ihe present day.
Read Clarke &. Brother's advertisement.
It is an important one.
The weather, the past week, has been
as fickle as dame fortune alternated
with rain, snow and sunshine. We now
have snow enough to whiten the ground,
while overhead all is clear and beautiful.
There are now thirteen newspapers in
Nebraska. Only four have completed
their firt volume, two of which have
been in existence nearly four years
In politics they are democractic and inde
pendent. Their respective r ges are as
follows, up to the last issues that we have
received : Nebraska City News, vol 3,
no. 47; Omaha Nebraskion, vol. 3, no. 45;
Nebraska (Brownville) Advertiser, vol.
2, no. 23 ; Bellevue Gazette, vol. 2, no. 3 ;
Florence Courier, 110. 50 ; Nebraska
(Cuming City) Pioneer, no. 22 ; Desoto
Pilot, no. 2-3; Omaha Times, no. 23;
Plattsmouth Jeffersonian, no. 22 ; Dakota
City Herald, m. 11 ; Cuss County (Rock
Bluffs) Sentinel, no. 2; Omadi Weekly
Enterprise, no. 2; Nemaha ValVy (Ne
maha Cily) Journal, no. 2. The first
paper published in the Territory, was the
Nebraska Palladium, published in Belle
vue, by D. E. Reed. Four papers have
been discontinued, that were commenced
in the territory, making seventeen diff
erent newspapers that have had an exis
tence in Nebraska , in a period of little over
four years. The present papers are nowalj
published in towns on the Missouri River,
extending from Dakota City to Brownville,
within 30 miles of the Kansas line.
Omaha is the only place in the Territory,
in which there is more than one paper
The citizens of Sonora, have erected a
School House, and tome thirty-five young
sters are now being put through a " course
The devil wonders what has become of
our editor. Dakota City Herald.
Gone to " hell," perhaps. not the one
that is sometimes associated with brim
stone, but the one best known to printers.
The Union House at Cuming City, has
passed into the hands of A. Raver. We
hope Mr. R. will be successful in mak
ing the Union House nearly respectable.
We were compelled to remain there over
night, early last spring, and were sorely
puzzeled to know whe her the House was
intended to accommodate man or beast.
Set the loafers to work, and clean out the
tobacco quids, Mr. R. and you will discov
er a slight improvement.
Geo. W. Martin is building a new Ho
tel at Desoto. It is to be a two story frame
Some one has stole an axe from the ed
itor of the Desoto Pilot. It is described
as having two or three bit out of it.
We should not suppose it possible to get
that number of bits out of an edits aje,
in these hard times. Give us iL wed us
I Reward or Merit Jeffers, of d,
Plattsmouth Jeffersonian, was once a
butcher's boy in St. Louis. He is now tQ
The following subdivisions! surveys in
Nebraska, have been received at the Gen
eral Land Office, in Washington Town
ships 1 to 8, north, range 2, east, qi
to 490 lineal miles of surveying, aud em
bracing an area of 184,000 acres. Alw
Townships 6, 7, ond 8, north, range!
east, equal to ISO miles of lineal survey!
ing, and embracing an area of 39,000
The Nebraskian publishes in its lat it.
sue, a list of the names of the member
of the Legislature, copied from the Dev.
to Pilot, and gives that paper credit for
the same. They were originally jmblish.
ed in the Gazette, nearly two moutu
since. We don't mind the stealing, neigh
bor, but have no particular desire to hare
others receive credit for labor never per
formed. The Legislature convened in the new
Capitol building, on the first floor, Tuesday
the 8ih. The Hails designed for the
House and Council, will not be completed
till next year.
The Members of the Legislature, will
give a ball, at the Capitol, this (Thursday)
v Three oxen belonging to Johnny Green
of Omaha, broke into the premises of 01
Lowe, on the 25th uli., who closed up the
fence and " pitched into" them with so
axe, literally cutting them to pieces.
The owner was obliged to kill them the
next morning, to relieve them of their
suffering. Lowe must be a brute of
A story and a half brick building, be
longing to Dr. McComas, and a three
slory frame building, owned by Mr. Oar
lage, in Nemaha Cily, were blown dju
on the 22 J ult.
Furnas, of the Advertiser, has been
appointed agent of the Cosmopolitan Art
Dr. J, Hoover, has completed a Flour
ing Mill on the little N- n.aha River, lit
tle west of Nemnhn City.
The BrowiiMiiu skuviruo.r tays that
the " big negru" who shot My res near
that city, some time since, was captured
in Iowa, above Nebraska City, a few
weeks ago. He was at the head of ten
other run-aw-ays. Wheu overtaken he
fired three times at his pursuer, when he
himself was shot down. The other ne
groes then surrendered. They had iu
all thirty revolvers.
We have received the second number
of the Nemaha Valley Journal, published
at Nemuha City, by S. Beldeii. It makes
a very neat appearance. Success to it.
The Legislature will reign at Omaha,,
forty days and forty nights, same as the
flood, in length of time. Whether it will
prove as disastrious, as that famous ihow
er, to the wicked of Nebraska, remains
to be seen. The Ark was landed on Mt.
Ararat, but whether it is to remain there,
we are not able to say. " We shall see
what we bhi.ll Bee."
The editor of Nemaha Valley Journal,
in attempting to break the Subbuih, a few
weeks ago, succeeded in breaking his
pres. He is now penitent.
There are two Saw Mills in operation,
at Nemaha City. ,
The District Court, for the Second Ju
dicial District, Judge Back presiding,,
commenced its November term, at Brown
ville, on the 17th ult., and terminated on,
the 20th ult. .Nearly all the cases on the.
calendar, were disposed of.
Upwards of five hundred Lots in Ne.
braska City, are advertised in the News,
to be sold at auction, January 4th, for de
linquent taxes, unlets previously settled,
S. F. Nuckolls, of Nebraska CityK
raised a squash, the past season, in bis-,
garden, which weighed one hundred and,
ninety seven pounds.
A Brick Making Comrany, has been,
formed at Nebraska City, and it is expect-,
ed that tin y will be alle to furnish brick
next year, for six to trigbt dollars per
Mr. Lander.,. Chief Engineer of Ma
grab's Wagon Kd Survey, has arrived
in St.. Louis, ea route for Washington.
The xpedkio I as gone into win er quar
ters at Wind River, near South Pass
Lander coroborates previous reports of
destruction of Government trains by Mormons,
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