only power that can rightly assume control of the Church is the Quorum of the
Twelve Apostles. Brigham's counselors do not figure at all in this matter. It
has been a custom always for any President of the Church, from the head down
to a small branch president, to choose his own counselors to suit himself. . .
. Brigham's two counselors,  D. H. Wells and John W. Young, were lay
members. Neither of them was ever an Apostle. . . . (10)
There can scarcely be any doubt but the Youngs, notwithstanding the
Apostles have a clear right to control, will endeavor to obtain their father's
place. John W. will no doubt assume that his counselorship to his father
entitles him to a place in the new Presidency; and Brigham, Jr., will probably
assert his right to the first place by virtue of his heirship to the deceased
prophet, seer and President. (11)
It will be interesting to watch who will go in with the boys to furnish
brains for the new triumvirate. . . . This Young faction will carry with them
all the men who occupy places of profit and emolument under the old regime . .
. . It will also carry a majority of the most pliant tools of the late
chieftain, the men who have acted as secret police, spies, block teachers,
etc. These forces, it must be admitted, would give the boys a good start in
the race. . . .
There is a powerful undercurrent in the Mormon Church, especially among
the older members, in favor of the Smith family. This was plainly demonstrated
last year when Joseph Smith visited this city. It is claimed by many that the
first Prophet predicted that his posthumous son, David, would be the future
leader of Israel. Others claim that Joseph was ordained by his father. Anyway,
the name of Smith has a charm for all the old Mormons, and Brigham's exacting avarice, tyranny and worldliness have caused thousands to look back with fondness to Smith's more generous rule, and forward to an uncertain future
when some change for the better will come.
They believe that Brigham's death will bring about that long desired change. This element only wants a leader to carry them over to the sons of the Prophet Smith. Now is Joseph > Smith's opportunity. Will he avail himself
of  it? If so, he should be here on the sixth of October next, and in the
tabernacle announce himself as the only rightful successor of Joseph the
Prophet, and he will get thousands to follow him . . . .
But the great body of the Mormon people who believe in their religion,