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   Trenton Times, The (Newspaper) - May 20, 1890, Trenton, New Jersey                               011 V.OT- VIII. NO. ft. MORMONISM'S KNELL ihe Supreme Couit Decides Against the Church. THE KDMl LAW Congrt'HH to Annul Hit: Charter of the Clmrrh ami to Cujjflst'ute Ite Property Chiof JiiHtlco Fuller and Justiccfl I'iohli and Lamiir IMatumt. WASHINGTON, May 20. The supreme court of the United States has rendered an opiuiou of vital interest to the Mormon church in the suit of the Church of Lattei Day Saints against the United comes bore ou nppe.'il from the decision oi the supreme court of Utah in favor of the United States. This court affirms that Judgment. The case grows out of the pas- sage of the Edmunds anti-polygamy law by the Forty-niuth congress. This law, among other things, dissolved the Mormon church corporation, annulled its charter, directed the appointment of a receiver to wind up its affairs and escheated to the United States all the real estate owned by the church iu excess of which was not, on the date of the of the act, held for purpoaos of worship or burial. When the United States, under the terms of this act, began proceedings to confiscate about worth of property belonging to th'e church the Mormons immediately entered suit to have the Edmunds law de- clared unconstitutional. Their Leual Contention. It was argued before the supreme court in their behalf that congress by the disso- lution of the church corporation had as- sumed judicial powers, and that the act oi the legislative assembly of Utah incorpora- ting tha church constituted a contract which could not be impaired by congress under its authority to repeal territorial enactments. It was also held that the doc- trine of escheat was alien to the spirit oi free institutions, and that it had never bcon applied in this country to a churnh oi charitable corporation. The Power of Conttregs. On the part of the United States it was contended that congress had authority to repeal all territorial that the aot incorporating the church was invalid 88 nn attempt to establish a religion con- trary to the provisions of the constitution, and that, moreover, the charter should be annulled for abuse of the granted rights. AH, when the church corporation was dis- solved, there was no one to whom to turn over the property, it was properly escheated to the United States. The Mormon Charter Repealed. Two questionn, the court says, are in- volved in this case. The first is, Has con- giess the power to repeal the charter of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints? This question it answers in the affirmative. The power of congress over the territories is generally dependent on the right to acquire the territory itself. It is derived from the treaty making power, the power to declare war. The incidents of these powers are those of national sover- eignty. Congress had supreme power over the territories it acquired by purchase or otherwise, and generally reserved, as it did in the case of Utah, the right to revoke all acts of the territorial legislature. It fol- lows, therefore, that it has the right to re- voke the church charter. A dlntinguisbing feature of Mormonism is well known to be polygamy and ab- solute ecclesiastical control of its church members. Notwithstanding all the efforts made to suppress this barbarous practice of polygamy, tha sect perseveres in defiance of law in propagating and promoting this nefarious doctrine. The existence of such a propaganda is a blot on our civilization. The organization of a communtity for the spread of polygamy is a return, to barbar- ism. Patience Versus Pitiless Atrocities. The question, therefore, is whether the promotion of such an unlawful system, so repugnant to our laws, is to be allowed to continue, and whether the enormous funds which have been accumulated shall be wielded for the propagation of the obnoxi- ous practice for the promotion of an or- ganized rebellion against the laws of the United States. The history of the govern- ment's dealings with the Mormons is one of patience on the part of the American government and of resistance to law and pitiless atrocities on the part of the Mor- mons. The contention that polygamy is a part of the Mittmon's religious belief is a so- phistical plea. No doubt the thugs of Tndia imagined that their belief in sination was a religious belief, but did not make it so. Society has a perfect right to prohibit offenses against the en- lightened sentiment of mankind. Sineje the chnroh persists in claiming the righ't to use the funds with which it has been en- dowed for the purpose of promoting these unlawful practices the question arises, hog the government the right to seize these funds which the Mormou leaders are using and dovote them to worthy char- itable purposes as nearly akin as possible to which the funds were dedicated. After an elaborate historical review of com- mon law the court comes to the conclusion that congress had the right to seize the property. The Dluentlng Opinion. H Justice Bradley delivered the opinion. Chief Justine Fuller said that he j, Styles now on Pale. IIATTKH, 15 Bant 8TMWART HAMMOND ITS RiJLJCATOKS, SUCCKSSFUT. SPKCIAUSTS, K., KNKKGKTIC WORKERS. OF NON-ESSENTIAI-H, NONSENSE in its m Method., ml Teaching, Individual Attention, Satif- The Shorthand Department bwt facilitiei for acquiring skill in Btetoiimphy. RAPID A NO PEOGRWie aiJAKANTKEnf Mor-l.g, Afternoon and ET...i.g Fer a, N. J. BEGINS MONDAY, 2d. THOMA8 J. KTEWAKT, PKimviriT, Box Btt.TMnj 1O and 12 South Groene Street. TWO GREAT CASH PURCHASES OF India and China AND EMBROIDERED FLOUNCINGS. Two more ami two more inviting Ilnea of Bargai'ns. AH this season's newest fancies. They come to us through a Milk im- porter's sacrifice and a Lace man's clearing, aud represent an average saving of ONE DOLLAR out of Three for all that want these desir- able goods and are ready to Imy them now. 27-incb EXTRA HHANGHAI HILKH, in Rich Printings, at f 1.19 per yard. Regular Duality. v 27-luoh SHANGHAI BILKH, Newest colors, at Me. per yard Keeu- lar quality. FIGURED JAPANESE KILKH, in Dark and Light Grounda at per yard. Regular 25 quality. 26.1nch REAL CHINA HILKH, Choice designs on Dark at 660. per yard. Regular quality. 23-inch EXTRA FINE FIGURED INDIA8, in Five new Pattern, at 75c. per yard. Regular quality. PRINTED CHINA .SILKS, all Dark Grounds in very attract- ive patterns, at 47Jc. per yurd. Opening price was 6'2.le. PRINTED LYONAME PONGEE BILK, in three new designs at 39c. per yard. The strongest oloths of the kind iu the market and all extra quality. ALSO, IN OUR LACE DEPARTMENT, yards this .season's' im- portations in 45-inch EMBROIDERED SWISS FLOUNCINGS at 49c. 56c. 62c. 75c. and sac. All fully ONE-THIRD LESlfthan prevailing prices to-day. 1 -tS A. Granvillc Haincs Co, Successors to COOPER CONABD. MARKET STREET, BELOW TWELFTH I DHil.ril.l A, I1 (HIT FOR BARGAINS We have purchaser! the store North of us and intend to build oil the two lots l lie Uncut olore in l We rid of ear >took to do thin, therefore, RliADY-MADIi CLOTHING I v'N i? i Mi'-KCIIAN i TAIUUtlNti WiI.T. PB d'-AuQHT H   

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