Lorenzo Snow, Oct 24, 1899; Tuesday

-- Oct 24, 1899; Tuesday
President Lorenzo Snow was at the Office; President [Joseph F.] Smith absent for the day.

A telegram was received this morning from New York, and signed by Frank J. Cannon, stating that his father's condition was serious last night, but that he improved towards morning. The crisis had not yet passed, though the doctors were of the opinion that today's improvement would help him to pass the crisis when it came.

Elder Orson Smith, ex-president of the Cache [Utah] Stake, reached Seattle [Washington] today on his way home. This word was conveyed to President Snow by Brother Isaac Smith, of Logan [Utah], to whom Orson had telegraphed the information. (1)

-- Wednesday, Oct 25, 1899
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 9 a.m. There was a meeting of Apostles F. M. Lyman, A. H. Lund, A. O. Woodruff, and myself at the [Improvement] Era Office to investigate the case of Leroy Campbell vs. Silas S. Smith, sent up on appeal from the high council of the San Luis Stake. Briefly stated the trouble was this: Leroy Campbell was in possession of some leased land, but the lease had run out. He intended, however, to re-lease the land and with that intention in view was still cultivating it. In the meantime, and without consulting Campbell, Silas S. Smith slipped over to the land office and leased the land for himself. The decision of the bishop's court, which was also confirmed by the high council, was rendered in favor of Leroy Campbell.

The following is a copy of our report to President L. Snow:

Salt Lake City,

Oct. 24th, 1899.

Pres. Lorenzo Snow,

Dear Brother:

After a careful reading and consideration of the papers in the case of Leroy Campbell vs. Silas S. Smith, San Luis Stake, we find:

1st. That the case was sent up on appeal from the bishop's court to the high council, and from the high council to the First Presidency; 2nd. That the case was very wisely and properly handled both in the bishop's court and the high council; 3rd. That the decision of the bishop's court was sustained by the unanimous vote of the bishopric, and that the decision of the high council, sustaining the action of the lower court, was acquiesced in by every member of the high council.

We can see no reason why the decision of these two courts should be modified or reversed and would, therefore, recommend it to your favorable notice and approval.

Your brethren,

F. M. Lyman,

A. H. Lund,

(Signed) A. O. Woodruff,

Rudger Clawson. (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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