Mormons have invented many things over the years, all the way from the television to the traffic light. Which one of the following is also a Mormon invention?
a. The space shuttle
b. Plexi glass
c. Toy train
(A) Johnston’s army would not be permitted to stay in Salt Lake City
The new governor [Alfred Cumming-2nd governor of Utah] was a native of Georgia. He was born at Sand Hills, near Augusta, Georgia, in September, 1802, and died at the same place, October 8, 1873. In 1836, he was mayor of Augusta, in which position he distinguished himself by doing all in his power to save the lives of its people in the cholera epidemic of that year. He was attached to the staff of General Scott, during a part of the Mexican War, and was afterwards appointed by the government to visit serval Indian tribes in the West. When called to be Utah’s governor, he had recently been superintendent of Indian Affairs on the upper Missouri, in which position he displayed great diplomacy and executive ability. Governor Cumming spent the winter of 1857-58 with Johnston’s Army at Camp Scott near Ft. Bridger. From here he issued a proclamation addressed to the people of Utah, which showed his freedom from prejudice, and his friendly and just attitude. On April 5, 1858, after several weeks of earnest solicitation on the part of Colonel Kane, Governor Cumming, unescorted, except two servants, left Camp Scott, bound for the Salt Lake Valley. After a somewhat hazardous journey he, with Colonel Kane, arrived in Utah’s metropolis, being the first non-Mormon governor of the territory. After a careful inspection the new governor found things different than had been represented. He immediately sent a report to Washington favoring the Mormon people, that they were not in rebellion.
When Governor and Mrs. Cumming arrived in Salt Lake City in May, 1858, they proceeded at once to the residence of William C. Staines, where significant heaps of straw were everywhere in evidence around the beautiful gardens of his home (afterwards known as the Devereau Mansion). Mrs. Cumming inquired the reason for all this from Mr. Staines, who was alone, his family having gone south. On hearing his answer concerning the scorched earth policy if Johnston’s Army came into the valley, the gracious lady shed tears of sympathy and turning to her husband, said, “Oh, Alfred, something must be done. Do not permit the army to stay in the city. Can’t you do something for them?” “Yes, madam,” said he, “I shall do all I can, rest assured.”
And he did do something. The army was not allowed to stay in the city and perhaps his most important service to Utah was in holding the military power to what he regarded its legitimate sphere.
Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7, 105-106.