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And forced an unmarked land to roam. No books, or school, or papers here,
The thousand miles was but a trail! But dauntless men led on a host
A nation's corner stones they brought!
The mountains which begirt them 'round,
They were in all that makes a state;
The Church and Sabbath did not wait.
But for that fact they would have failed,
I 21 PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE. appeared. After the expiration of this America, and then two weeks more here, time you can be married in this office.” and-You do not, perhaps, exactly un“Must it be here?” I queried.
derstand, and yet I hardly know how to “Of course;" he said, “his is the explain. But there is really haste. We only place which the law now recognizes.
are pressed for time.” Poor people are content with civil mar “Haste? Pressed for time?" he reriage only, but all who move in good peated. "Perhaps I do not understand. society go from here to the church for a
I am sorry, but it cannot possibly be religious ceremony.”.
sooner. You think we are slow in Ger"Is it not possible to shorten the time?” many. True, but we are sure.
We reI timidly ventured to inquire. “We had quire our people to take time to think made all the arrangements for an earlier over the matter beforehand, and divorce day, and are seriously incommoded by with us is far from being the easy matter the delay, I did not know the require- I have heard it is in America.”—Januments. It takes four weeks to hear from
ary Atlantic. PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE.
With pleasant homes and farms between
The nestling towns of Utah rare !
Its lines grasp firmly to the west;
In Utah finds a welcoine rest!
And every day there comes from far,
The countless items of mankind,
Give each their quota for the mind!
Undreamt by those of early times,
And there will come a grander range
E'er thirty more years ring their chimes.
Who shall these valleys fill that day;
Of those who dauntless came this way.
With gift and gladsome wish to them,
The tide of self and wrong to stem!
So, shall this mountain nation be
To all the world a shining light,
Its aims for God, for man and right.
Their silence give to bud and fruit,
To song of birds and sound of lute.
Blessings of earth and heaven are thine,
Room for a Paradise enshrined ! H. W. N.
How many a moon hath passed away,
How many a year hath swept around, Since a few pilgrims-travel-stained,
Where now this city stands, were found. They o'er the desert plains had passed,
Had reached this valley, thought it fair, Although they felt they
"A thousand miles from anywhere!" A thousand miles from human aid,
A thousand miles from white man's home; These had by him been robhed, betrayed,
No railway did with whistle cheer;
Progressive men, and men of thought; Though destitute of food almost,
Till now, gaze on the pictured scene,
THE CONTRIBUTOR. variableness of men, and upon their own
industry for success, the guardian of A MONTHLY MAGAZINE. pleasure. In our time the proprietor
ship of lands is the more desirable from JUNIUS F. WELLS,
the consciousness we have that we are EDITOR AND PUBLISHER. not only dependent upon God for their
productiveness, but that we hold our possessions as the dominion of the King
dom of Heaven on earth. Two Dollars a Year, In Advance.
Mining as a legitimate business promSingle Copy, Twenty Cents.
ises for a small outlay larger returns than
any other industry, though it is perhaps SALT LAKE CITY,
the most precarious of laborious pursuits.
The chances are against the masses who GETTING RICH.
engage in it, either as owners or workers THERE is among the young men of of mines. The profits are usually in our community, as well as in the world, cash, the most easily dispensed, and a desire for wealth, and the comforts, therefore the worst commodity, for lastconveniences, and power that the posses-ing benefits, that can be placed in the sion of means secures. This disposition, hands of men. The associations charoften amounting to passion, besides be acteristic of mining are generally demoring inherent in men of modern times, is alizing, and the pleasure of the pursuit is stimulated in the breasts of the youth by spasmodic. To such an extent is the observing the lives of those, successful latter true, that the ecstacy of hope, in the pursuit of riches, upon whom po which a good lead inspires, is regularly sitions of honor and power are bestowed followed by depression that overbalances to crown their triumph in the financial it. The continual succession of these struggle of life. We will offer nothing, extreme feelings through life, associated in the way of objection, to the accumula with the intemperance which is almost tion of wealth. We wish, however, to sure to accompany them, destroys the write upon the methods of getting it, power of enjoyment, and though a boand the responsibility of those possess nanza may finally be struck, the luxuriing it.
ous surroundings of the owners that enIn Utah the two principal industries sue, will not bear comparison with the are agriculture and mining. The first of peace and plenty which fills the life of these is the primitive and surest occupa
the hale and hearty farmer, who has purtion in which man can engage for a live sued the even tenor of his way, wresting lihood; its profits may not be so large as
from the soil he has cultivated a compesome other industries, but in the long run tence for old age, and a home for his they are more reliable, and will secure a posterity. competence in after life, to the industrious Besides these chief occupations, which man who faithfully follows it. The hus- employ thousands of people, there are bandman is often spoken of as nature's others which the necessities of the times nobleman, and the most independent and the universal desire for wealth have character among
ertainly his la established among us: merchandizing, bor lies at the root of all other occupa railroading, banking, dealing in stocks tions; without it nothing else could be a and bonds, stock raising and manufactursuccess. “The pleasure the toilers of the ing may be named as the most successsoil experience in the possession of lands ful. The first of these is entirely a specand the production from the elements of ulative industry; it produces nothing, the necessaries of life, is more evenly but consists in accumulating the articles distributed along their path than in any of human consumption at one price, and other pursuit, for they depend upon the distributing them to the people at an adelements, which are not subject to the vanced one.
Those engaging in it de
are required to convey them to the end not servants of the people. In an immunity; the machine shops which rail
We will not mention banking and dealing in stocks as inseparably connected, EDITORIAL.
123 rive their profit from the difference in the fortunes by speculation upon the people, purchasing and dispensing prices, which accountable to the people for the investis great or small, according to the con ment of their means? If, by merchanscience of the merchant and the compe- dising or other speculative means, large tition of his rivals. It is, however, co
sums are obtained by individuals in the sidered a gracious and complimentary
community, and are invested through the thought that attributes conscience to a banks in non-taxable bonds out of the merchant.
Territory, is not an injustice done to the Railroading, in its employment of increasing population of the Territory, labor and development of natural re
who require the investment at home, of sources, is a source of great wealth all accumulated wealth to give them emto any country, and would benefit the ployment and secure their residence people, but for the fact that railroads
within the Territory? We think that it are generally built and operated in the
is a shame and uncomplimentary reflecinterests of bond holders and monopo
tion upon the possessors of capital in lists, who not only reap the profits aris Utah, that the sons of those from whom ing from them, but in many cases exert a
they have amassed their fortunes can be tyrannical preference for one district over spared from home industries, so much another
, that is often oppressive and needed among us, to go to Colorado and ruinous. Particularly is this observed neighboring territories, building railwhere there is no competition, as in
roads. There is no more promising Utah. Since the advent of the great region in our great country for manufacPacific roads in this Territory, the dis
tures than here in Utah: the facilities of crimination in charges against our people many towns besides Salt Lake, as Provo and in favor of the Pacific Coast, and lat
and Logan, are hardly excelled in the terly, of Montana and Idaho, have been
world. Natural location with abundance most apparent. On principles of justice, of water, railroad connections and a nothing could be more dishonest than people devoted religiously to the princiOmaha to Ogden the same prices that to charge passengers and freight from ples of home production, with skilled
mechanics in almost every industry,
combine to invite the investment of tana; but“corporations have no souls," from the converting of the bone, lying on and monopolists are sovereign dictators,
, the plains, into buttons, to rolling out rails
from the iron mountains of the south. portant respect, railroading is one of the If the youth of our people are to best great industries for a frontier com be denied trades and occupation at home
in the future as in the past, we may young men to learn mechanism, and give domain, but we will remain poor. Utah them employment in that branch, where
cannot expect to be materially benefitted educated labor is most appreciated and by her sons colonizing Arizona and
Colorado. She looks for her growth and the development of her wonderful re
sources, by harboring the labor of her ment of depositor's money, and specula- tion and manufacturing of those things
that will make her independent of the responsibility of capitalists in the em
a question, on the outside world. There is no principle of ployment of the means they have ac
political economy more sound or essen
tial for the welfare of any people, than cumulated, intimately connected with
that which secures them the balance of banking and bonds. It is this: To what trade in favor of their exports, over what
capitalists who have amassed l they are obliged to import from other
tion in stocks and bonds, go together.
There is, however,
A HAPPY NEW YEAR.
states. It appears to us that the future ableness of manufacturing. Most articles prosperity and wealth of Utah depends made abroad, that can be imported into upon the energy which her people display, our Territory and sold with a paying in establishing home industries, that will margin, can certainly be produced at not only supply themselves but yield a home at a profit, if we have the facilities surplus for exportation to neighboring and the skilled labor. For the manufacterritories and states. In the single turing of some things we may be defiarticle of clothing, the factories already cient in both, but who will pretend to say established are producing goods of such that we have exhausted either, upon the superiority that they can be readily sold majority of industries which at present beyond the boundaries of Utah; yet this employ the mechanics of the world, at industry is so infantile in its proportions, our expense? that here in Salt Lake City there are more merchants engaged in selling imported custom made clothing, than in any
Let bygones be bygones; remember how deeply,
To Heaven's forbearance we all are in debt; other single business, groceries excepted. They value God's infinite goodness too cheaply
There can be no doubt as to the profit Who heed not the precept-Forgive and forget.
A HAPPY NEW YEAR. What associations that phrase recalls! | ing to the Latter-day Saint, who knows What vivid pictures of the past, what so well what it is to be an exile; but I prophetic visions of the future! There must return to my subject, New Year's is no other particular day recognized as Day and winter pleasures, when the a holiday, so significant of happiness to outside world is under the absolute sway me, as the first day of the new year. The of the king of frost and snow, and we term, a “happy new year,” so long and depend upon the domain within, for comso universally applied, has given it tone panionship and amusement. The harvest and prestige; and a glad response springs has been gathered, and its fruits garnered from the heart of each recipient, when away; the husbandman rejoices in the the accustomed salutations are inter- abundance he has reaped from his toil, changed. There are few people indeed and the good wife, who shared in the in civilized countries, who do not observe husband's labors, partakes of the enjoysome special ceremonies on “New Year's ment, and a spirit of peace broods over Day." Customs change somewhat in de the habitation, and contentment sits with tail, but in reality they have been much them at the hearthstone. New Year's the same for the last hundred years. Eve finds the family seated round the The season itself is calculated to con fireside—the bright warm curtains are duce to happiness; and happiness is the closely drawn, and each one tries to inphantom that all pursue. In winter, fam terest the other. The little folks in the ilies come into closer accord; a great background prattle in childish pastime, share of labor which calls one from and sport their new dolls and Christmas home is necessarily laid aside, and more toys, while the older ones recite snatches time is usually devoted to fireside con of verse and sing old-time songs. How versation, to reading, to study, and to many enchanting stories of fairies and employments that savor of the home. genii have been repeated by the winter
Home! what a magic word! Is there a fire, when the taper burned low, and human heart that does not feel a thrill of voices were hushed, save the one on pleasure, whenever the word home is whom all were gazing, while they lisuttered? How many tender recollections, tened with strained eyes and bated breath. how many sacred reminiscences it brings The situation has its effect. How often to mind! The word has a peculiar mean in childhood have I listened to these
doubting His kind care and protecfor one brief moment; in an old fashioned sing—they open the doors, and a flood if we sow seeds of love and kindness in from room to room; it is the music of A HAPPY NEW YEAR.
125 marvelous tales, told with a grave lofti- | rich burst; the melody of human voices ness of manner, while, in the reflection in joyous chorus, shouting "A happy new of the flickering fire light, fantastic shad- year!" ows fitted about, and seemed to take on As I sit alone by the fire, and the echo living forms; and every nerve thrilled of the far away past dies out in the long with the intense excitement, producing distance, another later scene springs an impression never to be effaced. Ah! up in freshness before my enchanted where was I? At New Year's Eve! Here gaze. Through the sparkle of pearly let me pause awhile, for my heart is full! tear drops, I behold in shadow, a famiIs it not needful that we all pause, for liar face, all gentleness and smiles; how one retrospective moment, and look back gracefully she moves, and round her over the hills of the radiant past, and ask flock a multitude of friends, young and vur own hearts some solemn questions, beautiful! She is in the full bloom of which each one is best prepared to an- perfect womanhood, the purest type of swer for himself? What precious fruit maiden loveliness. A moment more-the have we garnered for the soul's heritage? vision’s fled. Bursts of pent up agony What bread cast upon the waters? What swell to heaven in earnest prayers for evil have we overcome in our own erring strength; for she is with us natures, and what sacrifices have we more; she has gone in all her innocence made of self?
If we have not been seek- and purity, but her loving manner, her ing wisdom from the living fountain of tender words, her characteristic good knowledge, it is a good time now to com
humor can never be forgotten. These mence. The year is slipping fast away,
are the visions that haunt one on the soon the New Year will be upon us; it
threshold of the new year. seems almost as though we were parting with an old friend, so strong is the imag
She lives in that beautiful, happy land, ination. It is an eve of sadness and yet
Away on the evergreen shore,
Where temples of beauty immortal stand, of joy; there are many pleasant real And there's rest forevermore. isms, which fill the lap of life with blessings; and if there are some sorrows, Tenderly we take leave of the old; resome regrets, some human pain, let us luctantly we reach out to the future, acknowledge God in all things, and, knowing not what it may bring in its trustful in His providences, look into the train.
We are blest to-day-friends, bright new year with hopeful glance, loving, warm and true are round about
How grateful all should be who are tion.
surrounded with the blessed luxuries of The New Year! Yes, I hear the bells home and friends. The new year is a ringing, and their echo is answering fitting time for re-unions, sweet interback, telling such tales! O, those won changes of affection, the precious en
I linger, pen in hand, to dearments that sweeten the cup of life, catch the sound; like magic their spell the graces that embellish the sanctuary is upon me—are there no bells ringing of the heart. There should be no de here to-night? What was it then? iceit, no affectation at such seasons, but heard the rich tones floating in the air. heart speaking to heart without fattery Ah me! the bells of memory! Is fancy or empty compliment. Let it be one of powerful? O those merry,
the fresh, green places in our lives tomerry bells! what a vision they have pre-wards which, in after years, we may Sented to my view. Tam a child again turn with a sense of infinite restfulness
a refuge of peace'in moments of pain. of music fills the whole house, echoing youth, may we not anticipate a rich har
vest of blessed love in return, when the the midnight bells; and all at once a winter of age has silvered over the
drous bells !