-- May 13, 1899; Saturday
Presidents [Lorenzo] Snow and [Joseph F.] Smith were at the office. President Snow received a call from Sir John McKenzie, wife and party, of Australia, who were on their way to England.
Eight brethren from Davis [Utah] Stake, to whom letters had been sent, at the instance of Apostle John W. Taylor, calling them to settle in Canada to help carry out the terms of the contract between the First Presidency and the Alberta Irrigation Company, came to the office to explain to the Presidency their circumstances, which were of such a character that they were not prepared to go. It was learned that Brother Taylor had not seen nor talked with them personally, as had been expected when he and Bishop [William B.] Preston were asked to see to the matter, some time since, but had talked with the Presidency of the Stake, who had given to him the names of these brethren without their knowing anything about it. Brother Taylor, being reached at noon to-day in Ogden [Utah], was reminded of the irregularity, and promised to return to Davis Stake and make the matter right. The brethren from that part were excused from responding to the call made upon them. (1)
-- Monday, May 15, 1899
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Brigham City. Cloudy and cool. I took the 6:10 a.m. for Salt Lake, arriving at 9 a.m. I spent the forenoon and part of the afternoon at the President's office, working on President Snow's private books. At 3 p.m. went with Mother and some of the girls down to Scheel's Bros. and selected the wallpaper for the 18th Ward house.
At 5:30 p.m. President Snow and party took train for St. George where they will hold conference, and in their return home will take teams and visit the settlements along the rode. It is expected that they will have a grand time. The party was composed of the following brethren and sisters: Pres. Snow and wife, Pres. J. F. Smith and wife, Pres. F. D. Richards and wife, Apostle F. M. Lyman and wife, A[braham]. O. Woodruff and wife, Bishop [William B.] Preston, Seymour B. Young, and Arthur Winter, church reporter. Pres. Snow kindly invited me to go with the party, but owing to certain matters of importance arising I could not accept the invitation, much to my regret. (2)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
2 - Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson
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