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Vol. ? Brooklyn, New York City, Saturday, June 26, 1880. No. ?
Vol. ? New York, Thursday, July 20, 1882. ?
The American Octopus -- Mormonism.
Vol. ? New York, Thursday, July 27, 1882. ?
The Utah Commission Report.
Vol. ? New York City, Sunday, September 3, 1882. No. ?
THE KING OF THE SAINTS.
DETROIT, Aug. 25. -- One of the most singular episodes of western frontier history is that of the Mormon Kingdom, which flourished for nearly 10 years on Beaver Island, at the foot of Lake Michigan, and was overturned in 1856 by the murder of its founder and the forcible dispersion of his followers. Two gentlemen of this city have in the last few years, as leisure permitted and in a spirit of co-operation, gathered together considerable material, documentary and otherwise, relating to the Manitou monarchy, and this fact makes possible now a detailed narrative of the incidents attending its rise and fall. Mr. Henry A. Chaney, the reporter of the State Supreme court, made Beaver Island the objective point of his vacation jaunt a few Summers ago, and examined the relics of "King Strang's" reign and talked with a score of men who were active in the ranks of his retainers or his foes. The results of these observations and interviews were subsequently embodied in an entertaining paper which Mr. Chaney read to a local literary association known as the October Club, but which has never been published. This sketch was afterwards turned over by its author, with all his notes and a few pamphlets, to Charles K. Backus, the Assistant Commissioner of Immigration of this State, who examined newspaper files and corresponded with men who were connected or came in contact with Strang or the sect which he led. With the information gathered from such a variety of sources Mr. Backus prepared the article upon "An American King" published some time since in Harper's Magazine. The story is worth telling with somewhat more of detail, and the writing of this letter has been preceded by a careful examination of the material still in the possession of Mr. Backus.
Vol. ? New York, Thursday, September 21, 1882. No. ?
Profanities and Pollutions of the
Vol. ? New York, Thursday, August 16, 1883. No. ?
The Fate of Mormonism.
Vol. ? New York, Thursday, August 23, 1883. No. ?
Mormonism -- Its Strengths and Weaknesses.
Vol. XVII. New York City, Thursday, November 8, 1883. No. ?
THE MORMON PROPHET.
Long before the Erie road was built there was a little settlement on the north bank of the river near Susquehanna, Pa., called Harmony, and just west of it Joe Smith, the afterward founder of Mormonism, lived from 1821 to 1829, and here he married his first wife. Emma Hale. From all accounts he was a lazy, idle, shrewd, plausible, schemer and pretender. who made a precarious living by his wits, was a general favorite with the women and had considerable influence over certain of the men. When he first came to the county he engaged in timbering, but it was too laborious work for a man of his disposition to follow with good will, and he began to look around for an easier means of livelihood. About this time a resident of Susquehanna county named Jack Belcher. while employed at the salt works near Cebus, became possessed of a "seeing stone" that, it was alleged, had the miraculous power of enabling those who looked into it to see the whereabouts, of lost articles and hidden treasure. It was a green stone, with brown, irregular shaped spots on it, and was in size about as large as a goose egg. When he brought it home and covered it with a hat Belcher's little boy was the first to look at it in the hat, and as he did so be said be saw a candle. The next time he looked into it he exclaimed. "I've found my hatchet" (which had been lost two years), and he immediately ran to the place shown him in the stone, and sure enough there was the hatchet, though heavily rusted by exposure to the weather. The boy was soon beset by neighbors far and near, who desired him to reveal to them hidden things, and tradition says he succeeded wonderfully. The fame of the seeing stone soon reached Joe Smith's ears, and he quickly saw how its possession would enable him to make money rapidly and with ease. He bought the stone of Belcher and at once set up for a "seer" on his own hook. A straggling Indian told him there was treasure buried in Turkey Hill, and Smith got him to indicate as nearly as possible the exact locality, he then gave out that he had seen in the stone an immense amount of buried treasure, and great was the excitement in the little community at the information. Joe induced a moderately well to do farmer named Harper, who lived near by in New York State, to go in with him and furnish the capital needed to dig for the buried wealth. They hired a number of men and began digging on what is now the farm of Jacob L. Skinner. After digging the depth Indicated by Smith no trace of the treasure was discovered, whereupon Mr. Harper became discouraged, Smith, who was as tricky as a snake, then pretended that there was an enchantment about the place that was removing the treasure further and further away, and said that Harper must get a perfectly white dog and sprinkle the blood over the ground, and that would dispel the obnoxious charm. Work was suspended and a search for a perfectly white dog was begun. None perfectly white could be found in the neighborhood. Smith said perhaps a perfectly white sheep would answer. One was procured, killed and its blood sprinkled over the around and the work of excavation was resumed. No trace of the treasure was found, though six holes, one of them fifty feet in diameter and twenty feet deep, were dug. After expending over $2,000 in this fruitless labor Mr. Harper refused to put up any more money and the digging ceased. Smith said that God Almighty was angry at them for attempting to palm off the blood of a white sheep on him for that of a white dog and so had allowed the enchantment to remove the treasure which was there when they began operations. notwithstanding this failure. Smith audaciously assumed to be possessed of supernatural powers and was in the habit of "blessing" his neighbors' crops for a monetary consideration. On one occasion a fanner, who had a piece of corn that was planted late and on a moist piece of ground, felt a little dubious about its ripening, and paid Smith to bless it. It happened that it was the only piece of corn in the neighborhood that was killed by the frost. When Smith was twitted about the fact he got out of it by saying that he had made a mistake, and had put a curse instead of a blessing on the grain. He didn't return the farmer the money he had paid for a blessing, however.
Vol. XVII. New York City, Friday, November 23, 1883. No. 5,664.
"THE BOOK OF MORMON."
Last Sunday, in company with the Hon. George A. Post, member of Congress elect from the Fifteenth Pennsylvania district, I paid a visit to the old home of Joe Smith, and saw the room in which the Book of Mormon was written, at Smith's dictation, by Harris and Cowdry. The house stands on the north bank of the Susquehanna, two miles west of the Twin River, and is distant about sixty feet from the New York, Lake Erie and Western Railroad. The old house is one story high, and, with its kitchen, is about twenty-four by fourteen feet. At present it is occupied by ex-sheriff McCune, who was born in the room in which the Book of Mormon was transcribed, "though I ain't much of a Mormon," said he, "for one wife is enough for me." Mr. McCune's father bought the house and farm from Joe Smith, and to the former he built a two-story addition. The buildings are very rickety at present, and look as though they would tumble down from rot and age in a few years. They are often visited by tourists from abroad, who generally ask Mr. McCune for a small bit of wood or shingle as a momento of their visit. The "money holes" Smith had made in his search for the buried treasure are about a half mile from the house. Though their sides are caved in, they are still visible, and one of them is filled with water, an endless spring having been tapped during its excavation.
Vol. LV. New York City, Sunday, July 20, 1884. No. 161.
THE TRUE BOOK OF MORMON.
Richmond. Mo., July 18 -- Several prominent members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are now in this city on a curious errand. David Whitmer, the only Iiving witness of the alleged miracle by which the Book of Mormon was given to the world, is a resident of this town. He is a very old man but he retains his vigor a marvelIous degree and his memory is still good. He has a fine old home here, where he has lived for many years, respected by all. No man in the State stands higher in the estimation of his neighbors. He is eminently pious and lives his religion. Mr. Whitmer's possession of the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon has long been known to members of the Church, but he has steadily refused to part with it, though often solicited to do so. The polygamous Mormons have made several efforts to gain possession of the coveted papers, but Whitmer has declined to listen to any proposition they might make. The gentlemen now here are prominent officials of the organization in Missouri, Iowa, Ohio and New York. Many errors have crept into the numerous editions of the book during the met twenty years and it was thought desirable to compare the present version with the original text before the death of Mr. Whitmer, who holds most tenaciously to the manuscript. This examination is still in progress. Several verbal errors have been discovered, and in a few entire sentences have been found to have been perverted. The original contains no authorization of polygamy, as the version in use in Utah does, and these gentlemen denounce the Mormons of that Territory in the severest terms.
Vol. XXXIII. Saturday, July 26, 1884. No. ?
SMITH'S SURVIVING WITNESS.
There lives to-day in Richmond, Mo., an old man named David Whitmer, the only surviving member of the little band of fools and knaves who assisted Joe Smith in the work of founding the Mormon Church. This old man, who is said to have led a "blameless life," declares that he has in his possession the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon, and several members of that branch of the Mormon Church which does not uphold polygamy have recently called upon him for the purpose of comparing late editions of the book with the so-called original text.
Vol. XXXIV. New York, Thursday, April 2, 1885. ?
The Crisis In Utah.
Vol. ? New York City, Monday, May 18, 1885. No. ?
SENATOR VEST ON THE EDMUNDS BILL,
In speaking about the visit of the Mormon delegation to President Cleveland, Senator Vest, of Missouri, said yesterday:
Vol. ? Brooklyn, New York City, Sunday, June 7, 1885. No. ?
The very name of Mormonism is a stench to the nostrils of all decent Americans. They know and hear too much of it already. Nevertheless, the work entitled "New Light on Mormonism," by Mrs. Ellen E. Dickinson, does contain much information as to the beginnings of these "Latter Day Saints," and especially on the fraudulent origin of Joe Smith's "Book of Mormon," which was based on a romance called "The Manuscript Found," written by Mrs. Dickinson's mother's uncle by marriage, the Rev. Solomon Spaulding, who died in 1816. This manuscript was borrowed under false pretences and never returned. Joe Smith had been a servant in the author's family in his youth. The statements and affidavits of all the living persons who knew the facts form a very interesting appendix confirming the narrative, a brief introduction to which bears the name of the late Thurlow Weed. The book is published by Funk & Wagnalls.
Vol. XXXIV. Tuesday, September 8, 1885. No. 10,613.
M'CLELLAN AMONG MORMONS.
Vol. XXXVII. New York, Thursday, Sept. 10, 1885. No. 1919.
SOLOMON SPALDING'S MANUSCRIPT
This famous lost manuscript of Solomon Spalding has obtained its very considerable celebrity as being the supposed original document from which the Book of Mormon was in part derived, Very many pages have been written about it in different books discussing Mormonism, as being with little doubt the source from which the associates of Joseph Smith derived much of the alleged contents of the golden plates. A late article in the Century Magazine, also a recent address of Mr. Joseph Cook, published in THE INDEPENDENT, have made such reference to the Spalding manuscript. Our knowledge of its contents, however, has hitherto been confined to what has been obtained from the memory of a number of persons who had read it some fifty years or more ago, none of whom are now living. The manuscript itself disappeared from sight long ago, in some way unknown.
Vol. XXXV. Sunday, September 20, 1885. No. 10,623.
FROM CASE TO PULPIT.
Vol. XXXVII. New York, Thursday, Oct. 1, 1885. No. 1922.
THE HONOLULU MANUSCRIPT
An important advance has just been made in Mormon research. The first connected and satisfactory account of the business was given by the Rev. C. M. Hyde, D. D., of the North Pacific Institute, in the Congregationalist for the 30th of July, 1885. THE INDEPENDENT of the 10th of September, 1885, likewise supplies a notice, from the hand of the Rev. Sereno E. Bishop, of Honolulu. These statements, in connection with the brief allusions to the subject that were made by Pres. James H, Fairchild, in the Bibliotheca Sacra for January, 1885, pp. 173-4, have placed the student in a situation to pronounce upon the question of the genuiness and the importance of the document that has just been brought to light.
Vol. ? New York City, Friday, December 11, 1885. No. ?
A MORMON "WITNESS" DYING.
CHICAGO, Dec. 10 (Special). -- A private telegram was received here to-day from Richmond, stating that David Whltmer, known to the Mormons as one of "The three witnesses," is lying critically ill there. He is elghty-one years old. The history of the Mormon Bible recites that on September 22, 1827, the angel of the Lord put into the hands of Joseph Smith plates and two transparent stones through which the plates could be read. Smith took the plates, and, putting on as spectacles the urim thummim as the stones were called, read to Oliver Cowdery the saored records. These writings were printed in 1830, and are known as the Mormon Bible. Appended to the book was a statement signed by Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer and Martin Harris; hence the name of "The three witnesses." They said:
Vol. XXXIV. Thursday, December 17, 1885. No. ?
A MORMON PATRIARCH.
RICHMOND, Mo., Dec. 16. -- David Whitmer, one of the founders of the Mormon Church, and a resident of this quaint and interesting village for almost a half century, lies at the point of death, and is not expected to live until morning. At the famtly homestead are gathered the children, grand children, and great-grandchildren of the dying patriarch, and bedside his deathbed is the devoted woman who linked her life and fortune with his more than 50 years ago. Whitmer was born in Pennsylvania in 1805, and lived for a number of years near Watkins Glen, in New-York State. There, in 1829, he claims to have seen the plates which Joseph Smith translated into the Book of Mormon, and to have been present during the work of translation. Whitmer became one of the apostles of the new church and moved with it to Ohio. When the church was driven from Ohio it found refuge in Missouri. Whitmer has lived in Richmond ever since, and has been Mayor and Councilman of the town. He owns what is said to be the original manuscript from which the Book of Mormon was printed, and has refused an offer of a very large sum for it from the Mormon Church. Whitmer has always opposed polygamy, and has been a respected citizen of Richmond.
Vol. XXXVIII. New York, Thursday, Jan. 7, 1886. No. 1936.
SOLOMON SPAULDING'S "MANUSCRIPT FOUND."
THE INDEPENDENT of September 10th contained an article by the Rev. Sereno E. Bishop concerning a paper that has been discovered among the effects of L. L. Rice, formerly of Ohio, and now residing at Honolulu, S. I., which he attempts to prove is the long-lost romance called "The Manuscript Found," written by the Rev. Solomon Spaulding.
Vol. ? New York City, Friday, January 29, 1886. No. ?
THE SPALDING ROMANCE.
CHICAGO, Jan. 28 (Special). -- Professor Samuel S. Partello, writing to one of the newspapers, declares that he has discovered the veritable Spalding romance from which, it is said, Joseph Smith wrote his "Book of Mormon." Professor Portello says: "By the favor of the correspondent, now in Honolulu, it is my privilege to say that the long-lost and noted document has lately been discovered in the hands of Mr. L. L. Rice, a Honolulu resident, who removed from Oberlin, O., there about five years ago. Not long ago it occurred to the venerable gentleman to make an examination of a box of old papers which had accumulated during a period of twenty-five or thirty years of his life as a newspaper editor and publisher in Cleveland and other places in northeastern Ohio. Among those musty and dust-laden papers there was a small package wrapped in strong buff paper, tied with a piece of stout twine and plainly marked on the outside in pencil, in Mr. Rice's own hand; "Manuscript Story. Conneaut."
Vol. ? New York City, Sunday, January 31, 1886. No. ?
THE SPAULDING ROMANCE.
Vol. XXXVIII. New York City, April ?, 1886. No. ?
A LITERARY CURIOSITY.
Homer nods sometimes, and so does Tyrtaeus. The Tribune caught us in the error of cabling as a new poem one which had been published two years before. Now the Tribune publishes in a long telegraphic dispatch from Chicago the discovery in Honolulu of that Spaulding manuscript of Mormon interest, of which our Hawaiian correspondent sent us word about a year ago, and which has since formed the basis of long and learned discussions. Indeed we saw lately an examination paper of a theological class in church history, in which it was fully considered.
Vol. ?  New York City, Friday, April 2, 1886.   No. ?
THE SOLOMON SPAULDING
To the Editor of the Tribune.
Vol. ? Thursday, September 9, 1886. No. ?
THE BOOK OF MORMON
Vol. ? New-York, Sunday, January 16, 1887. No. ?
(1.) THE MORMON PUZZLE AND HOW TO SOLVE IT. By the Rev. R. V. BEERS. New York: FUNK &: WAGNALLS. (2.) THE GOLDEN BIBLE, OR THE BOOK OF MORMON, IS IT FROM GOD? By the Rev. M. T. LAMB. New York: WARD & DRUMMOND. (3.) A SOLUTION OF THE MORMON PROBLEM. By JOHN CODMAN. New-York: G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS.
Vol. LV. New York City, Wednesday, February 8, 1888. No. 161.
The Mormon Bible.
To the Editor of The Sun -- Sir: Now that David Whitmer, the last surviving witness to the authenticity of the Mormon Bible is dead, it is to be hoped that the original manuscript in his possession will be made public and critically examined. Joseph Smith is said to have dictated the translation to Martin Harris and Oliver Cowdery, two other witnesses with him to the existence of the golden plates on which the book is said to have been engraved about the year 600 B.C. These plates Joseph pretended to find near Manchester, N. Y., in 1827. The translation was published at Palmyra, N. Y., in 1830. The book was probably written by the Rev. Solomon Spaulding, who died in 1816 at Amity, Pa., about 35 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. He wrote it for amusement, and took it to some printers in Pittsburgh for publication. Joseph's translation was made at Harmony, Pa., about 25 miles from Pittsburgh. In 1833 the following affidavit was made before Judge Baldwin at Palmyra by Peter Ingersoll:
Vol. 36. New-York, Sunday, February 26, 1888. No. 11,385.
A LOOKED-FOR EXPOSURE.
No. 11,392. New-York, Monday, March 5, 1888. Vol. 37 No. 2.
THE MORMON BIBLE.
To the Editor of the New-York Times:
No. ? New-York, Sunday, May 27, 1888. Vol. ?
EARLY DAYS OF MORMONISM. PALMYRA, KIRTLAND AND NAUVOO. By J. H. Kennedy, 12mo. pp. 275. Charles Scribner's Sons.
Vol. ?  New York City, Friday, June 15, 1888.   No. ?
THE GOLDEN BIBLE.
Though Mormonism has a considerable literature there was room for another book upon the earlier history of that false religion, and the purpose of Mr. Kennedy in undertaking this labor was praiseworthy. So far as he has fulfilled that purpose his book is satisfactory, moreover, and it may at once be admitted that it does afford, within the lines of a general survey, a more impartial and accurate view of that early history than can be found elsewhere. Its fault is that it does little more than outline scenes, events and states of society and sentiment which are full of interest and value, and even the sketches of which here given indicate far more than is expressed. Mr. Kennedy, in fact, appears to have perceived clearly what was needed for the elucidation of obscure points in the development of Mormonism, but to have undervalued much material, the free use of which would have added greatly to the value of his book.
Vol. 49. Brooklyn, New York, Friday, August 23, 1889. No. 232.
The Late James A. Briggs.
An old and useful public servant is lost in the death of James A. Briggs, whose brief obituary appeared in yesterday's Eagle. He is best known by the people of this State as a member of the State Board of Assessors. For years he took part in the continually recurring but apparently hopeless task of equalizing the valuations for purposes of state taxation of the several counties of New York. He is perhaps hardly to blame for the failure to secure an entirely satisfactory result. The subject of taxes and assessments was his study, not only from the point of view of abstract principle, but also in the light of large observation and experience. Probably he made a more determined effort to obtain justice for the great cities than was made by any other State Assessor. Mr. Briggs was a strong partisan. He was among the original Republicans of Ohio and was active in the canvasses of that State, where he lived many years, though born on the banks of the Hudson, and also in the New York campaigns. It should be said that he never permitted his political sympathies to color his official action. In one of the letters which have been of late familiar to readers of the Eagle he recalled the fact that he lost reappointment because, in the opinion of one of the "leaders," Mr. Briggs, in a report of his, or some statement in regard to it, refused to pervert facts in order to make a small point in favor of "the party." Personally Mr. Briggs was an interesting and companionable man. To a bright intelligence he added an extensive knowledge of the history of public affairs for half a century and he was an authority on names, dates and events in the stirring period with which he was contemporaneous. He was often seen in newspaper offices and was widely liked and will be honored and regretted by the practical workers of journalism.
No. ? New-York, Thursday, April 27, 1890. Vol. ?
TWO KINDS OF MORMONS;
LAMONI, Iowa, April 24. -- Joseph Smith, son of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, is to-day the spiritual and temporal leader of 20,000 people who accept the Bible and the Book of Mormon as their guides in all matters of religion, who repudiate Brigham Young and his successors in the Utah branch, have established and yet maintain missions in the Salt Lake Valley for the purpose of warning the Brighamites from the crime and folly of polygamy, and who have been declared by an Ohio court to be the legal successors to the original Mormon Church of Palmyra. Kirtland, and Nauvoo.
Vol. VI. New York City, Sunday, April 9, 1893. No. 1,957.
A MORMON COINCIDENCE
While elaborate dedications for the great Mormon temple are in progress at Salt Lake City, Utah, the man who gave to Mormonism its religious guide book, lies ill almost unto death at Palmyra, N. Y., and wholly unrewarded by the church for which he once staked and lost his all.
No. ? New-York City, Sunday, June 18, 1893. Vol. ?
HE PRINTED THE MORMON BIBLE.
PALMYRA, N.Y., June 17 -- A party of Mormons from Wood's Cross, Davis County, Utah, has been in Palmyra this week. The place has a lively interest for all Mormons, for it was here that Mormonism had its birth. Brigham Young used to live with Deacon Snow two miles south of the village of Port Byron, and, when he left, was owing the Deacon quite a board bill. After he became rich, Mr. Snow wrote him about it, and before long Brigham Young appeared to settle the account. He paid Deacon Snow the bill with compound interest, which, after the lapse of so many years, amounted to a tidy sum.
Vol. ? New York City, Sunday, March 21, 1897. No. ?
Vol. 59. Brooklyn, New York, Thursday, January 12, 1899. No. 17.
THE MORMON REVELATION.
To the Editor of the Brooklyn Eagle:
Vol. ?  New York City, Monday, January 30, 1899.   No. ?
ENLIGHTENING THE PUBLIC.
Mrs. H. S. Caswell is secretary of the woman's department of the Congregational Home Missionary Society, of this city. The society and its representatives have been interested historically in the overthrow of Mormonism, and consequently in disabusing its adherents and advocates of their errors. Mrs. Caswell is one of the women who are enlightening the public on the origin and history of Mormonism and nullifying the attempted revival of it in the West. She says:
No. ? New-York City, Monday, July 3, 1899. Vol. ?
Pittsburg the Home of Mormonism.
The Rev. Dr. W. A. Stanton, in the course of three sermons to be delivered from his pulpit at the Shady Avenue Baptist church, will attempt to prove that Pittsburg is the home of Mormonism. He claims that Joseph Smith, who, tradition has it, was shown through Divine revelation the gold-rimmed palm leaves [sic!] whereon was written the basis of the Mormon doctrine and faith, stole a manuscript formulated by Sidney Rigdon from a Pittsburg printing office, which is the actual foundation of Mormonism. The Rev. Dr. Stanton has been making a special study of this question for more than four years, and claims to have ample proof of his assertions. He lately returned from the Pacific Coast and Salt Lake City, where he had been looking up data on the subject.
No. 15,507. New-York, Thursday, September 21, 1899. Vol. 49.
THE BOOK OF MORMON.
Richmond, Mo., Sept. 15. -- The original manuscript of Joseph Smith's "Book of Mormon," the Bible of the Mormon Church, is kept in a bank vault in this town. The Elders of the Mormon Church in Utah made different attempts in past years to get possession of it, but failed. Once they offered $100,000 in cash for the old and yellow manuscript, but its keeper, David Whitmer, one of the founders of the Church, refused the offer because he believed the Utah branch of the Church wished to get hold of the manuscript to insert into it by forgery a clause that would authorize and sanction the practice of polygamy. Last week two representatives of the Mormon Church of Utah were here making another attempt to buy the manuscript.