THE PIONEER POEM.
N interesting feature of the proceedings at the Pioneer Reception was the reading, by Colonel David McKenzie, of a poem written for the occasion by N. Albert Sherman, of Salt Lake City. The Commission had offered a prize of One Hundred Dollars for the best poem on the subject of the Pioneers and the Jubilee, and Mr. Sherman won the prize. The committee of adjudication were Hon. C. C. Goodwin, Editor of the Salt Lake Tribune; Alfales Young, Esq., editor of the Salt Lake Herald; and Prof. J. B. Toronto, of the faculty of the University of Utah.
THE PIONEERS OF UTAH.
BY N. ALBERT SHERMAN.
Men built a city; flanked by fields of grain,
Gardens and vineyards nursed with tender care, Near where a river cleft the billowy plain
Aye seaward sweeping-,�it was very fair. Their watchful neighbors saw a temple reared
Wherein strange creed and mystic rite were taught, And with fierce impulse rose; perchance they feared
Those who the seeming miracle had wrought, Changing to Eden's bloom the stubborn sod;
Whatever adverse causes rancor lent, They�knowing all are children of one God
To love enjoined,�decreed their banishment.
When Israel by Jehovah's prophet led,
Casting the heavy yoke and bitter toil Of slavery, from cruel Egypt fled,
Naught they could claim remained the oppressor's spoil: These men who built the city, tilled the lands,
Reared homes of plenty with a freeman's right; Saw their possessions pass to covetous hands
Of their embittered foemen ere their flight* No faith, no courage of the ancient day
Exceeded theirs who thus their march begun; Despite the hosts against them armed for fray,
These exiled Saints a glorious victory won.