7 I attended the trial of several young men at the policee station for breaking up a party last [ ]. Drew Pistols threatened life and broke the peace in many ways. While hearing the testimony it was shown that while one of the party broke into the room and was in the act of striking Joseph [F.] Smith (the son of Hyram) when Samuel Smith (son of Samuel B Smith) struck the man and knocked him against the wall. This was the ownly blow given on Either side. They threatened to kill Samuel Smith. The trial was conducted at Jeter Clintons office [in] the police Station.
At the Close of the testimony Justice Clinton Called upon me to speak. I addressed them some 15 minutes in giving them a morral lesson to the young Men who were present and had Committed wrongs upon there Neighbors and at the Close The Justice Approved of the Course of Samuel Smith in not going out to fight with the rowdies when they threatened him. Be fined the boys who had raised the row five dollars Each.
[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]