In its first issue on November 6, 1858, The Valley Tan explained its unusual title: "The Valley Tan was first applied to the leather made in this Territory in contradistinction to the imported article from the States; it gradually began to apply to every article made or manufactured or produced in the Territory, and means in the strictest sense Home Manufacturers, until it has entered and become an indispensable word in our Utah vernacular; and it will yet add a new word to the English language. Circumstances and localities form the mint from which our language is coined, and we therefore stamp the name and put it into circulation!" The Valley Tan generally presented anti-Mormon perspectives and occasionally ran into difficulties with the law. In an open letter to Salt Lake City's mayor in November 1858, the Tan wrote: "...that at the corner of East Temple, and 1st South we discovered a body of men, at least eight men in number, armed with guns;...and who as we approached within a few feet of them, cocked their guns and placed themselves directly in front of us in a hostile manner. One of their number, viz. fired a pistol. we desire to enter complaint against certain policemen (the above mentioned eight) for acting contrary to law." Read more.
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