-- Tuesday, Nov 21, 1899
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
The members of the Literary and Scientific society voted to dose their business by transfering their property to Lorenzo Snow, Trustee in Trust of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in payment of a debt of about $25,000.00. Prest. G. Q. Cannon presided. (1)
-- Nov 21, 1899; Tuesday
Presidents Lorenzo Snow, George
Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith were at the office.
President Smith made a report of his trip to Canada. The contract of the First Presidency with the Alberta irrigation Company is completed, he says, although the canal is not. It was estimated that it would require about $25,000 more to complete the canal.
President Snow expressed the opinion that the reason our people were being pinched in their estimates by the company's engineer, was because he had begun to realize that he had under estimated the cost of the canal, and wanted to make his figures come out as well as he could.
Brother LeGrand Young called and reported that he had made the final payment to the [Joseph] Banigan heirs, which now entitled the Church to receive from them the Church guarantee of one and a half millions for the bonds of the Pioneer Electric Power Company. This transaction was brought about through Senator Frank J. Cannon. The guarantee was still in the possession of the Banigans, but Brother Young felt sure that upon receipt of the payment referred to, it would be delivered through the mails. ...
President W. P. Rigby and Bishop Mathoni Pratt met with the First Presidency. Some time ago they obtained permission to advertise the resources of the Teton country in Idaho. They have prepared a circular, thirty thousand copies of which the Railroad company has published in the shape of a neat folder, and these brethren now wanted to know if it would be all right for them to travel through portions of the southern country for the purpose of presenting the advantages of the Teton region to those whom they might induce to settle there.
President Cannon, being asked to express himself, stated that he had no objection to those brethren advertising the resources of their country, but that he did object to their using an influence among the people that would have a tendency to make them dissatisfied with their present homes.
Bishop [William B.] Preston, who was present, sustained President Cannon's views. He believed that the trend of emigration with our people was from the south into the north, and that they would find their way northward in sufficient numbers, without any special effort being made to induce them to move there.
President Snow took the view that if these brethren could show to our young men who were without homes better opportunities than they now have, there would be no objection on his part to the carrying out of their program; and President Smith was of the same opinion.
Quite a long conversation was had upon the subject, resulting in permission being given to these brethren to advertise the Teton country, but they were asked not to endeavor to make people dissatisfied with their homes, but leave them free to go or remain, as they might themselves elect. (2)
1 - 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
2 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
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