-- Oct 16, 1900; Tuesday
President [Lorenzo] Snow was at the office, Presidents [George Q.] Cannon and [Joseph F.] Smith were at Provo [Utah]. Brother George F. Gibbs informed President Snow that a case of sickness existed in his family and he feared it was the prevailing disease called smallpox, that he had sent for the city physician to come to the house, but had not yet arrived and of course under the circumstances he felt that he should keep away from the office. Later the physician called and pronounced it smallpox and placed the family under quarantine. (1)
-- Oct 19, 1900; Friday
Presidents [Lorenzo] Snow, [George Q.] Cannon and [Joseph F.] Smith were at the office. Mr. E[lliot]. T. Galt of Canada, met with the Presidency; Attorney LeGrand Young also present. Mr. Galt presented a water right agreement which had been drawn in Canada, in lieu of the agreement submitted heretofore by Attorney LeGrand Young, providing for the use and distribution of water in the canal of the Canadian and Northwest Irrigation Co[mpany]. to our settlers. This agreement had been got up under the forms adopted by the Canadian Government under its laws. Attorney Young explained the agreement and reported that there was no clause requiring the company to keep water in the canal at proper times, which appeared to him to be necessary. But he felt as this agreement had been drawn under the laws of Canada and was the same as for all other such companies there could be no danger, and our people would be safe in accepting said agreement, President Snow said if all others could
live under such an agreement our people could do so, which opinion was accepted.
Mr. Galt asked if he could be authorized to sell any portion of the land belonging to the Church in Canada, if occasion offers, while he is at home in Canada, or when he shall be in England, where he expects to go about the first week in November. President Snow said he would let him know after the return of Elders [Francis M.] Lyman and [Rudger] Clawson from Canada.
Mr. Galt before departing promised to send one hundred copies of the prospectus of the company; also a hundred copies of a plat of the country through which the canal runs. (1)
-- Oct 20, 1900; Saturday
The Presidency were at the office. Bishop William B. Preston, Bishop Robert T. Burton, Professors Evan Stephens and John J. McClellan, the conductor and organist respectively of the Tabernacle choir, called and presented an approximate estimate for putting the tabernacle organ in a modern condition, given by Mr. Charles Klemt. The first proposition brought the cost to somewhere between $3,575.75 and $4,125. Another proposition was to repair the organ and put the pipes in good condition, moving the key board to front, adding echo organ etc., at a cost of $1,450.
After considering the matter it was decided that Prof[essor]. J[ohn]. J. McClellan should write to three or four reputable firms and obtain their lowest terms for putting the organ in good condition.
Bishop F. I. Jones, of Monticello, San Juan county [Utah], called and represented the condition of the saints of his ward. They have not, he said, raised any crops for the past two years on account of drouth. There were some twenty families in the ward and the ward is in debt some $2,000. which is secured by mortgage on their grist mill. He asked for an appropriation of that amount for the purpose of raising the mortgage. President Snow advanced $150. to pay the insurance on the mill and for incidental purposes, but felt that the mortgage should remain for another year.
A letter to President Joseph F. Smith from D. E. Burley of the Oregon Shortline Railway was read. Mr. Burley desired to know if the Presidency would favor the Shortline company issuing a circular letter to the several Bishops asking their aid in employment of our men to work on the Shortline and Union Pacific Railways. They need at least 1000 men for this purpose. The Presidency approved of this being done.
At the suggestion of President Joseph F. Smith, a committee consisting of Elders Seymour B. Young, Joseph E. Taylor and J[anne]. M. Sjodahl, was appointed to care for the remains of elders who die in the missions. (1)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
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