"From Utah," New York Daily Times, 22 May 1857.
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ALL QUIET IN THE TERRITORY—MOVEMENTS OF BRIGHAM YOUNG—
TROUBLE WITH THE CHEYENNES.
FROM THE ST. LOUIS REPUBLICAN, MAY 18.
The mail from Salt Lake City has arrived, and brings advices from that region down to the 2d of April. A party of sixteen persons came in at the same time. At the time of their departure, everything was quiet in Utah Territory. Preparations were making to send, in a hand-car to the States, a large number of missionaries, to be dispatched to all parts of the world.
The reports which reach us in regard to BRIGHAM YOUNG and his movements, do not accord with those which come by way of California. Instead of fleeing from Salt Lake City, as represented, he seemed to maintain the entire confidence of the people. He was planning an excursion of exploration and pleasure to one of The Mormon Settlements on Salmon River, 400 miles north of Salt Lake City, and 200 persons were to accompany him. They were to leave Salt Lake City about the 20th of April or the 1st of May. For some cause or other, The Mormons at San Bernardino and all the surrounding settlements had been called in to Salt Lake City.
The Winter, though short, was unusually severe at Salt Lake City, and it was computed that nine to ten feet of snow had fallen—there was two and a half feet at one time on the ground. Still, as the weather became mild about the 1st of February, stock of every description suffered less than during the previous Winter. There was an abundance of provisions at Salt Lake City and in the Territory.
In coming to the States, the party encountered much snow and violent snowstorms. Snow filled the South-west Pass to the depth of two and a half to five feet. On the 9th, the party met a Shoshonee [Shoshone] or Snake Indian, with two or three squaws, and were informed that he was the survivor of sixteen or eighteen of his tribe, who had been attacked by a like number of Blackfeet Indians, and the warriors, with the single exception of himself, killed. Two of the squaws were wounded. Previous to this time, the Shoshonees [Shoshones] had a battle with the Blackfeet, and killed 27 of their number.