Vol. ? Detroit, June 12, 1851. No. ?
Further Mormon Outrages at Beaver Island -- Brutal and Deliberate Murder by the followers of Strang.
Vol. ? Detroit, December 16, 1855. No. ?
Saint James, Beaver Island, Dec. 12th, 1855.
Vol. XII. Ann Arbor, Thursday, May 15, 1857. No. 20.
From the Boston Post.
Over eight hundred Mormons have just arrived in this part from England, and have proceeded on their way to Utah. The fact is a singular one. It shows who feeds this miserable population; that converts are from abroad. The Mormons have their "stakes" and missionaries all over Europe. Their plan, crowned with success, is to select natives of a country they wish to operate in, send them out among them, and feed them with their central church funds, until their proselytism is so successful as to allow a support from the "offerings" of the converts they make. For this end their tracts are widely circulated. A little while ago 25,000 copies of one of their weekly journals were distributed in London. The Book of Mormon is their great agent, and it has been translated into many of the modern languages, such as French, German, Italian, Danish, Polynesian, and the Welsh.
Vol. XIII. Traverse City, Michigan, March 16, 1871. No. 12.
Census Statistics of the Traverse Region.
... The census of 1854 was taken when James J. Strang was prophet, priest and king of the Mormons of Beaver Island and the regions round about. OIf course the census returns were false, as was satisfactorily shown to the State authorities at Lansing soon after. The township of Penine, whose population is given at 2,020, was a part only of Beaver Island, and never contained anywhere near half the number of people returned by Strang. Probably the entire island never contained a resident population of over 500. But Strang could figure up larger populations and Democratic majorities from a small number of people than any other man in the State. He had a remarkable "gift" in that line...
Vol. ? Detroit, Thursday, February 1, 1872. No. ?
The Mormon Church.
... [in a public discussion held in New York City, in 1836 or 1837] It was shown that Mr. Spaulding, from reading the discoveries made by Mr. Stephens and others in Central America, was led to select the subject of his novel...
Vol. ? Detroit, Monday, December 3, 1877. No. ?
Maj. J. H. Gilbert, of Palmyra, N. Y., is in the city on a visit to his son, Charles T. Gilbert, of Nevin & Mills. He is a printer; was formerly proprietor of the Wayne (Palmyra) Sentinel, and is the man who set up the Mormon Bible from the original manuscript. It was the custom of the printers as the sheets were run through the press to take one of each form for preservation. Maj. Gilbert did this, and now has with him in this city the unbound sheets of the Mormon Bible as he then took them from the press. These he cheerfully exhibits to any person who has a curiosity to look at them. The book was a quarto of 580 pages. The contents were sub-divided into chapters broken into frequent paragraphs, but the verses were not numbered as they are in later editions. Upon the title page appears the name of Joseph Smith as "Author and Proprietor." In all subsequent editions he appears simply as "Translator." This change was rendered necessary to carry out the theory afterward adopted that Smith dug up these writings and translated them from "reformed Egyptian" by means of a pair of supernatural spectacles.
Vol. ? Detroit, Thursday, September 16, 1886. No. ?
A Question of Identity.
The most interesting literary controversy of the time, and the only one which has important practical bearing, is raging around the Book of Mormon, sometimes but incorrectly called the Mormon Bible. This is the foundation stone of the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," held by the Mormons as superior in composition and authority to the Bible itself; and whatever affects its validity affects immediately the great superstition that bases upon it. The tradition held by the "Gentiles," or unbelievers, is that pretty nearly the whole thing, except the doctrinal or "religious" parts, is a flat plagiarism from the "Manuscript Found" of Solomon Spaulding, a romance written seventy-five years ago by a broken down preacher at New Salem (now Conneaut), Ohio. The evidence for this has heretofore, to anti-Mormons, seemed to be conclusive. But about two years ago President Fairchild of Oberlin, visiting the Sandwich Islands, found in the possession of an old resident of Northeastern Ohio, who had removed to Honolulu, a written volume of Spaulding's, which he believes to be the original of "Manuscript Found;" and as it does not correspond to any large exten with the Book of Mormon, he proclaims the old-time Gentile theory to be incorrect. In various publications, from Bibliotheca Sacra down to The Magazine of Western History -- an absurd compend of extravagant biography (inserted for handsome consideration), hailing from Cleveland -- President Fairchild has striven to promulgate his views. Apparently he has not labored in vain; for, following others heretofore converted, Mr. George Rutledge Gibson, in the last issue of the New Princeton Review, affirms the Fairchild doctrine in his entertaining paper on "The Origin of a Great Delusion."
Vol. ? Detroit, Thursday, October 21?, 1886. No. ?
Who Wrote the Book of Mormon?
There is but one question to settle as to the "Book of Mormon;" is it the work of men who were inspired, or is it the manufacture of Sidney Rigdon and Joseph Smith?
Vol. XXXIV. Muskegon, Mich., Thursday, July 21, 1892. No. 29.
A MEMORY OF LA SALLE.
A remarkable discovery was recently made in a virgin field a few miles from La Harpe, in the historic old county of Hancock, in Illinois, which from 1838-9 to 1848 was largely populated with the Mormons, under the leadership of Joseph Smith, the prophet. Wyman Huston and Daniel Lovitt were chasing a ground squirrel on the farm of Huston, when their dog trailed the squirrel to its hole under an old dead tree stump, which was easily pushed over by one of the men. In grubbing for the squirrel the old stump was taken out, and under its roots were found two sandstone tablets, about 10x11 inches, and from one-fourth to a half an inch in thickness. The tablets lay one upon the other, and the sides that faced contained strange inscriptions in Roman capital letters which bad been cut into the stone with some sharp instrument. The inscription upon one of these tablets is as follows: