-- Nov 10, 1898; Thursday
Regular weekly meeting of the First Presidency and Apostles was held at 11 A.M., in the Salt Lake Temple. Present: Pres[iden]ts. Lorenzo Snow, Geo[rge]. Q. Cannon, Jos[eph]. F. Smith and Franklin D. Richards; Elders F[rancis]. M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Geo[rge]. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund, M[atthias]. F. Cowley and Rudger Clawson. Elder Brigham Young [Jr.] is visiting in San Juan [Utah]; Elder John W. Taylor is in Colorado, and Elder A[braham]. O[wen]. Woodruff is on his way to Arizona and Mexico. ...
Pres[iden]t. Snow informed the Council that the First Presidency has selected Bro[ther]. C[harles]. W. Penrose to be the editor of the Deseret News, and invited those present to express any objection they might have to his occupying that position, or to suggest the name of any one whom they deemed better fitted for
the lace. A wish was expressed that whoever was selected to be the editor, it should be with the understanding that the columns of the News be kept free from politics, thereupon Pres[iden]t. Smith moved that with this understanding, the choice of Bro[ther]. Penrose as editor of the News be approved and confirmed. The motion was seconded and carried unanimously.
Pres[iden]t. Snow here remarked that whoever might be named by the Council, he hoped the question of appointment might be left to the discretion of the Presidency. He said that before making the appointment he would like to know the man and everything about him. The President also stated that not only Bro[ther]. [Joseph W.] Summerhays, but Bro[ther]. H[orace]. G. Whitney had been recommended to him as a suitable person for the place.
Elder H[eber]. J. Grant spoke in favor of Bro[ther]. Whitney, and also named Bro[ther]. Edward H. Anderson of Ogden [Utah].
Bro[ther]. John Henry Smith inquired if any thought had been given in the direction of disposing of the News as a daily paper and publishing instead a good weekly religious paper. He thought that such a journal, in the connection with the publication of tracts and Church works, was all that the Church would need. The news so far had been a failure financially, whereas a good religious weekly, in connection with a good publishing house, such as the Church ought to have, would doubtless pay. Pres[ident]. Snow thought the suggestion worthy of consideration, and invited expression on this subject. Several of the brethren spoke, all favoring the retention by the Church of the Deseret News as a daily paper. Some favored the idea of placing the name of President Snow upon the paper as its editor and publisher; and others suggested that one of the apostles be business manager, but President Snow did not feel that it would be a discreet thing for his name to be used in that way.
The question of appointing an editor and business manager for the News was left to the discretion of the First Presidency.
The Council adjourned. (1)
-- Nov 17, 1898; Thursday
Regular meeting of the First Presidency and Apostles in the Salt Lake Temple at 11 A.M. ....
The Presiding Bishop also informed President Snow and Smith that the Rexburg [Idaho] Tithing Office had advanced, with out authority, $114.44, in lumber chiefly, to the Upper Snake River Fair, the material having been used for fair purposes. He recommended that this amount also be appropriated so as to get the amount off the Tithing Office books, a request to that effect having been made by the Stake Presidency at Rexburg. The request was granted and the appropriation made. (1)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
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