-- Oct 25, 1899; Wednesday
President Lorenzo Snow was at the office; President [Joseph F.] Smith still absent.
It was learned this morning that President [George Q.] Cannon, whose sickness in New York has previously been mentioned, passed a good night; the doctors agree that he is much improved, and for the first time they speak with absolute encouragement.
Bishop John R. Winder, with Brothers F[ranklin]. S. Richards and R[obert]. S. Campbell, met with Presidents Snow and Smith (the latter having returned since morning) on business connected with a tract of arid land, comprising twelve thousand acres, secured by the late California Railroad Company. Abra[ha]m H. Cannon and Robert Lund were the ones who took up these lands, on which some payments had been made by them, and the question was now, Should the Church continue the payments? After due consideration on motion of Bishop Winder it became the sense of those present that the Church make no more payments, but that it leave other parties free to do so if they wished, that is, to perfect the titles and own the land themselves. (1)
-- Thursday, Oct 26, 1899
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon is still very sick. President Lorenzo Snow, Joseph F. Smith, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, and Rudger Clawson met in council and had prayers. It was decided to make M. W. Merrill President of Cache Stake.
The Directors of Heber J. Grant & Co. met today. We voted to cut down our stock one half. (2)
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Jos. F. Smith, and Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk.
Apostle J. H. Smith reported that he had been to Ogden to visit Pres. F. D. Richards and said that he was very seriously ill, being afflicted with nervous prostration. His mind also, he said, seemed to be failing. Apostle A. O. Woodruff made a similar report.
The clerk read a report showing the status of polygamy in Utah, as follows, to wit:
The number of polygamists in 1890—
The number of deaths since then—
The number removed from the U.S.
The number divorced
Leaving a balance of
37%—died, left, or divorced.
Apostle H. J. Grant said that he thought he could get managing control of the Salt Lake Herald, if it were thought advisable. As it is now, the paper is run on anti-Mormon principles, but might be used to favor the church. I moved that Apostle Grant be authorized to do what he could in the matter of securing control. Carried by unanimous vote.
A letter from Apostle B. Young, Jr., Chicago, was read. It was in relation to the matter of introducing coke from some of our church lands, into the Chicago market. Hadn't as yet succeeded, but hope to soon.
The question of a presidency for the Cache Stake was introduced by Pres. Snow, and he asked the brethren how they felt about it. Apostle Lyman suggested the name of Chas. W. Nibley. The brethren who followed, namely, Apostles J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant, M. F. Cowley, and Pres. J. F. Smith, all spoke highly of Elder Nibley. Apostle A. H. Lund was in favor of a man who would have some influence with the Moses Thatcher faction. He did not think C. W. Nibley would be altogether the most suitable, he being a Republican in politics. Pres. Snow proposed the name of Apostle M. W. Merrill. Seconded and carried by unanimous vote.
Apostle F. M. Lyman made an appeal for aid in behalf of Elder Nephi Pratt, who, he said, is in destitute circumstances, and Pres. Jos. F. Smith, in behalf of Elder Jno. T. Caine, suggesting that the latter be appointed stake tithing clerk of the Cache Stake, to succeed the present clerk, who purposes to resign. Action on these two cases was deferred for the present. Prayer by President Lorenzo Snow. (3)
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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