Mormons Meet President Cleveland, Protest Prosecutions of Polygamists

Mormons Meet President Cleveland, Protest Prosecutions of Polygamists

Mormon Polygamists in Prison
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A Mormon delegation meets with President Grover Cleveland to protest the increasing prosecutions of polygamists in Utah.

The Mormons present President Cleveland with a "Declaration of Grievances and Protest," drawn up by Mormons earlier in the month when they held protest meetings in Salt Lake City.

The Declaration says:

"The Edmunds Law, which not only provides for the punishment of polygamy, but also cohabitation with more than one woman, whether in the marriage relation or outside of it, is made to operate upon one class of people only — the Mormons; and yet of the non-Mormon class who transgresses the law the name is legion.

The paramour of mistresses and harlots, secure from prosecution, walks the street in open day.

No United States official puts a 'spotter' on his trail, or makes an effort to drag his deeds of shame and guilt before a judge and jury for investigation and punishment."

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