From London Outlook, January 21, 1921:
The periodical revival of the ‘Mormon scare’ in the London newspapers brings down upon the credulous Englishman the amused scorn of our American friends. ‘Girl Victim of the Mormons: Lured to Worse than Death in Utah: Mother’s Agony,’ are the headlines in a journal lying before me.
This is all utter and complete poppycock.
I was in Salt Lake City myself two years ago, and while I sympathize with any English girls who are induced to go there, it is for other reasons than those adduced by the anti-Mormon fanatics. …
The present-day Mormons are not objectionable because they are wicked, but because they are too good. There is probably no such religious city in the Western world as Salt Lake City; the most harmless and innocent amusements are frowned upon. It has recently, I am told, become illegal even to smoke a cigarette in Utah!
If English girls have become converts and gone to Utah and their relatives have not heard from them, I hazard the guess that the victims have died – of boredom.