-- Sep 8, 1899; Friday
Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Joseph F. Smith were at the office; President George Q. Cannon being in Provo [Utah]. Brother Heber J. Grant had a talk with President Snow this morning, in the presence of James Jack, relative to a reduction of interest on certain notes held by the Church. The President granted the request and instructed the treasurer, Brother Jack, accordingly. (1)
-- Saturday, Sep 9, 1899
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
President Lorenzo Snow and Bp. Wm. B. Preston talked to us on the payment of tithing. (2)
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 2 p.m. Afternoon session of the Salt Lake Stake Conference at the assembly hall. Meeting called to order by Pres. Angus M. Cannon.
The speakers were Pres. Lorenzo Snow and Bp. Wm. B. Preston. Topics treated: Dealings of the Lord with the children of Israel. Marriage among the children of Israel. Consecration. Tithing. Among other things Pres. Snow said, "The land must be sanctified by the payment of tithing." The Latter-day Saints owe millions of dollars in tithing, which they never can pay. Promised the people in the name of the Lord, if they would pay their tithing from now on, that the Lord would forgive them for their past remissness, and their indebtedness for tithing would be blotted out. Submitted the following figures to show that there had been an improvement in the payment of cash tithes during the past few months: during the months of June, July, August, and Sept. 1899  $66,000.00 was paid, and in the same months of 1899 to Sep. 10, $137,000.00 was paid. (3)
-- Sep 11, 1899; Monday
Presidents Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith were at the office. At 10 A.M. there was a meeting of the General Church Board of Education.
Brother William W. Riter called upon the Presidency, the Oregon Short Line Railroad Company having solicited his services in behalf of their proposed Union Depot grounds in this city. He intimated that in order to have influence with the next city council, and get certain franchises, it would be necessary for the company to secure the good will of the local newspapers. Brother Snow referred him to the editor of the Deseret News. Brother Riter stated that the railroad people requested that the News do not commit itself at present, either for or against the giving of the franchises. (1)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
2 - Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990, http://bit.ly/johnhenrysmith
3 - 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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