-- Jan 29, 1900; Monday
Presidents [Lorenzo] Snow, [George Q.] Cannon and [Joseph F.] Smith were at the office. The sum of $143.40 was appropriated in favor of the Blackfoot [Idaho] meeting house, which was the amount of tithing paid by the members of that ward last year.
Brother Albert Young, son of the late Lorenzo D. Young, and a brother of Harry and John Young, who lost their lives in the Philippines while in the service of the United States, informed the Presidency that the bodies of his brothers were expected home in a few days, and he desired to know the feelings of the brethren
about a suitable funeral for them. It was decided to hold the services in the Tabernacle on the 11th of February, at two o'clock in the afternoon.
At two o'clock in the afternoon Messrs. [Elliot T.] Galt and [Charles A.] Magrath of Alberta, Canada, accompanied by engineer George Anderson, called at the President's office according to a previous appointment for the purpose of consulting with the Presidency concerning the settlements of the Saints in Canada, and the building of a canal the work of which was being done by the Saints according to contract. These gentlemen expressed themselves as being highly pleased with the class of settlers from the "Mormon" people who had gone to Canada, and expressed the desire that more would settle in that land. President Snow remarked that the people who had already settled in Canada had a great many relatives and friends in Utah and inasmuch as prosperity shall attend them in their new homes they would naturally draw others to them for the purpose of bettering their own condition. Mr. Galt appreciated this, and stated that he would like to have more of the members of the Church settle there, and the "sooner the better." After these gentlemen had departed President Snow remarked that he felt very much impressed with the gentlemanly bearing of Mr. Galt and Mr. McGrath. President Cannon also took occasion to express his feelings and stated that he felt that it would still prove profitable to us to have settlements in Canada and Mexico. He believed this fact would have a salutary influence upon leading men in power in our own nation. We had become subjects of their schemes, and they were continually being tempted to work us to serve their own selfish purposes; and he could not but believe that when it should be found by our nation that we were not friendless that the effect would be good. And besides this, Zion was not confined to our own nation, but it would extend over the entire continent. He could not help but feel that his views were verified in the friendly overtures the officials of the Canadian government had made to us, and the welcome they had accorded our settlers. (1)
-- Thursday, Feb 1, 1999
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Washington, D.C.
It is bitter cold for this City.
Bro. H. B. Clawson and I called at the Raleigh Hotel but failed to find Mr. Salisbury.
I wrote letters to Prest. Lorenzo Snow and my son George.
Bro. H. B. Clawson and I spent the afternoon at the Capitol. We met Senators Hoar of Mass., Cullum of Ill., Platt of Connecticut, Warren of Wy. and Shoup of Idaho, Mondell, the Representative from Wy.
Judge Geo. W. Bartch is busy as a Bee. He had a talk with the President today and was much pleased with it. (2)
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
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