-- Dec 30, 1899; Saturday
Presidents Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith were at the office.
An order was issued for an appropriation in favor of a Brother Harris, to assist him while studying law in Mexico.
A cable message from Liverpool [England], received today, read as follows: "[Harold] Eldredge sailed today on Lucania, Robinson accompanying him."
President William W. Cluff, of Summit [Utah] Stake, who had been telegraphed for, came to the office and met with the Presidency this morning. He was consulted as to his judgment in regard to selling the Cedar City [Utah] coal mines, or leasing them. President Snow had given an option on them for $125,000, but the parties holding the option wished to know if the property could not be leased for twenty years, by giving ten cents royalty per ton of 2,140 pounds to the ton, or if the Church would give a six months option, and if so at what price. This proposition was considered by the First Presidency, Brother Cluff, Bishops [William B.] Preston and [John R.] Winder, and immediately after by them and a Mr. Ladd, the gentleman making the offer. The matter was taken under advisement by the Presidency, with the understanding that an answer would be given on Tuesday next.
President Snow ascertained the mind of Brother Cluff as to the value of those coal mines. The latter thought that $125,000 was no price at all for the property, and that if the Southern Pacific Railroad should come into this country it would be invaluable to them. He would not lease at all, and in this view Bishops Preston and Winder agreed with Brother Cluff.
Immediately after this interview, a meeting of the Salt Lake & Los Angeles Railway was held. Present beside the First Presidency, Nephi W. Clayton, Isaac A. Clayton, Bishop William B. Preston, and Bishop John R. Winder. A proposition from W. J. Bateman, and C. W. Miller, previously laid before President Snow, was now considered. These gentlemen proposed to take the management of the railroad and pavilion, and pay the Church 75 per cent of the net earnings. They would guarantee $8,000. As previously stated the Church has only received $1800 from the railroad and beach properties, over and above running expenses, during the six years they have been [in] existence.
President Snow left before the meeting was over; also Bishops
Preston and Winder. On motion of President Smith, the proposition of Messrs. Bateman and Miller was declined. (1)
-- During 1899
Church President Lorenzo Snow recommends that converts no longer emigrate to Utah. (2)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
2 - Sherry Baker: Mormon Media History Timeline: 1827-2007, http://byustudies.byu.edu/showTitle.aspx?title=7984
LDS History Chronology: Lorenzo Snow
Mormon History Timeline: the life of Lorenzo Snow
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