Lorenzo Snow, Sep 12, 1899; Tuesday

-- Sep 12, 1899; Tuesday
Presidents Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith were at the office. At 11 A.M. there was a Salt Company meeting which lasted two hours; and at 2:30 P.M. a meeting of the Memorial Association having in charge the business of the Pioneer Monument. There were present at the latter meeting, in addition to the First Presidency (who are regarded as an advisory committee of the Association) Governor Heber M. Wells, Bishop Nelson A. Empey, Brother John Henry Smith, and Mr. C[yrus]. E. Dallin, the sculptor, who designed and

executed the monument and the statue of President Brigham Young.

It appears that Mr. Dallin had seen President Snow at the office yesterday morning, and conversed with him on this subject, and that the meeting now held had been appointed for 10 A.M. today, but had been postponed on account of the Salt Company meeting.

Mr. Dallin related briefly, mainly for the information of President Snow, the history of the transaction relating to the erection of the monument and the execution of the statue. The contract for the work was read, and it was shown that Mr. Dallin had received half of the contract price, or $12,500, which has paid for the labor of the clay and plaster work. He said he had protested against the unveiling of the statue for business reasons, and in the interest of the monument itself, foreseeing that if it were unveiled in its unfinished state, the people would lose interest in it. He had paid for the brass work as it now stands; the committee has therefore received more than they had paid for, and he asked that the contract be lived up to. He had come from his home in Boston to collect the balance due him on this account.

Governor Wells, who is secretary of the memorial Association, made a statement, the principal point of which was that about $1,200 had been advanced to Mr. Dallin as a loan.

After some further conversation Brother John Henry Smith moved that Mr. Dallin be authorized to go ahead and finish the monument, according to a proposition made by himself, whereby he was to receive $5,000 in cash and the balance in a note for three years, drawing interest at 8 per cent. The motion was seconded by Bishop Empey.

The question now arose as to who was the president of this meeting, and after some comment it was found necessary to request President Snow to preside. He accepted the situation, and put the motion, which was carried unanimously.

The question as to who should sign the obligation to be given to Mr. Dallin now came up, and it was agreed that the Association should meet and carry out the spirit and intent of this action, with the understanding that the first Presidency would be behind them.

Mr. Dallin thanked President Snow and those present for the interest they had taken in this matter and the spirit in which they had met him. (1)

-- Sep 14, 1899; Thursday
Presidents Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith were at the office. President Snow authorized Treasurer James Jack to place to the credit of the Latter-day Saints College the sum of $8,000, appropriated last July, to be drawn against during the coming school year.

Salt Lake Temple 11 A.M. The First Presidency met with the Apostles in regular council. President: Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, John Henry Smith, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund and Rudger Clawson. ...

President Snow remarked that he had learned, during a recent

visit to Sanpete [Utah] Stake, that among the non-tithe payers there, were some fifteen persons whose tithing, if paid, would amount as much as is now paid by the entire Stake.

Brother Lund explained that the sheep men were the richest people in Sanpete Stake, and that as a rule they did not pay their tithing.

Commenting upon this explanation, President Snow remarked that it would no doubt come to this: that such men with their wives and unmarried children would be denied admission to the House of the Lord.

The Brigham Young or Pioneer Monument was the subject of considerable conversation, and it resulted in the Apostles undertaking to collect from the several Stakes the balances due.

President Snow decided today to move into the Beehive House, which is now the property of the Church, and thenceforth use it as an official residence. For some time past he has lived in a rented house on Canyon Road, and has been thinking for several months of vacating it, owing to a lack of proper accommodations. It had become a question in his mind as to whether he would purchase a new house, build while property and materials were cheap, or rent elsewhere. He had of late looked at quite a number of houses, and had been tempted to make a purchase, and this had sprung the question in the minds of some of the brethren, about his moving into the Beehive House or the Gardo House, the former being vacant and the latter rented. It had repeatedly been suggested to him that he ought to occupy the Beehive House, and he had given the matter some consideration, but his mind was not clear thereon, chiefly for the reason that it would be expensive to keep up such a house. the matter was brought to a focus this week, when Presidents Cannon and Smith and Bishops [William B.] Preston and [John R.] Winder expressed themselves regarding it, all favoring the occupancy of the Beehive House by the President of the Church. (1)

1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes

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