Chapter 4. (part B)

[p.415][Sunday, Jan. 1, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The country is covered with Snow and the ground underneath is frozen hard.

[Tuesday, Jan. 3, 1899 – Salt Lake City] Four Burglars were arested next door to us this morning by the Police.

Prest. Lorenzo Snow asked me today what he better do about the business of the Power plant.

[Wednesday, Jan. 4, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I paid Judge Howat $80.00 interest that I got from Jas. Jack.

All of the first Presidency, Franklin D. Richards, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. F. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, and Rudger Clawson met with John R. Winder and others in regard to the Pioneer Electric Lighting & Heating Co. We tried to find out who should pay $45,000.00 in interest. LeGrand Young [p.416]and R. S. Campbell were also present. We finally agreed to pay the money. The Union Light and Heating Co. has absorbed the Pioneer Co.

[Thursday, Jan. 5, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I called upon Burton Furguson and talked over some legal matters. At 11 a.m. The Presidency, Franklin D. Richards, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, HeberJ. Grant, John W. Taylor, Antron H. Lund, Mattbias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, and Rudger Clawson met in council at the Apostles’ room. Clerk Geo. F. Gibbs was present.

I moved to appoint an auditing committee. Franklin D. Richards and Jos. F. Smith seconded the motion. After some discussion it carried unanimously. President Lorenzo Snow appointed Franklin D. Richards, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Heber J. Grant and Rudger Clawson.

I spent an hour at the office of the Groesbeck Co.

All of the Presidency and Apostles Franklin D. Richards, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, HeberJ. Grant, Antron H. Lund, and Abraham Owen Woodruff met at the President’s office.

Hugh J. Cannon, John M. Cannon, Asahael Woodruff, Jerry Langford of the Sterling Mining Co. met and talked over the business of that Co. It is evident from the shape of the company’s affairs that the church must eventually shotrider about $160,000.00.

[Friday, Jan. 6, 1899 – Salt Lake City] In company with Heber J. Grant and Matthias F. Cowley, I called upon T. G. Webber and John C. Cutler and talked over the question of trying to secure the government building on the Tithing office corner.

I took Josephine out for a ride.

[Tuesday, Jan. 10, 1899 – Salt Lake City] All of the Apostles but Brigham Young and Matthias F. Cowley met at their room in the Temple at 10 a.m. Singing. Prayer by Francis M. Lyman. Singing.

President Franklin D. Richards gave some excellent instructions upon the Duties of the Apostles. Francis M. Lyman talked very feelingly on home government and love the [?]. I followed him on the duties we should perform in visiting wards and keeping in touch with the Bishops. Geo. Teasdale spoke of his own trials and his love for the brethren.

Heber J. Grant said his financial condition left him about $77,000.00 worse than nothing. He lamented because he had no living son. Prest. F. D. Richards prophesied that he would have a son and means to pay his debts.

John W. Taylor gave his Missionary experiences in the Mission field in Colorado. Marriner W. Merrill told us of some of his early experiences in the church. Two meetings were held. Prest. Richards closed with prayer.

[p.417]Heber J. Grant and I called upon President Lorenzo Snow and he as Trustee in Trust forgave the interest on the notes given to the Church to save Len Hardy from disgrace.

Heber J. Grant paid five hundred dollars for me which I am to refund when I can.

[Wednesday, Jan. 11, 1899 – Salt Lake City] All of the Apostles but Brigham Young met at 10 a.m. in their room in the Temple.

I offered prayer, Anthon H. Lund asked some questions about the Godhead. Prest. Franklin D. Richards made a telling talk on this question. Matthias F. Cowley and Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Franklin D. Richards and Myself spoke. A fine spirit prevailed.

I paid David James & Co. $10.00. I gave to Ben L. Rich $10.00 to help him on his mission. M. F. Cowley and I blest young Rich.

[Friday, Jan. 13, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Kanab Coop. herd met and declaired a fifty percent dividend, looking to the closing out of the company’s business as soon as possible. We paid the Directors fifty dollars each as salary.

[Saturday, Jan. 14, 1899 – Evanston, Wyoming] Abraham O. Woodruff, Frederick Casthwate Graham and Myself took train for Evanston, Wyoming at 7 a.m.  Bro. Charles Kingston met [us] at the Evanston station. We called upon U.S. Senator C. D. Clark, who had just been reelected U.S. Senator. He received us very kindly and we had a nice visit. He said he would do what he could for us in the future.

[Tuesday, Jan. 17, 1899 Salt Lake City] I reached home at 4 a.m. today and found all well. I met with Prest. Franklin D. Richards, Heber J. Grant, and Rudger Clawson of the church board of Audators and laid out our work on the Church books.

Dr. Joseph S. Richards gave me a receipted bill for $366.00 Dr. bill, I to give him that amount in Grant gold mining stocks for his daughter Louise T. Richards. I will pay this bill any way little by little.

[Wednesday, Jan. 18, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The Auditing Committee met at 10 a.m. and Prest. L. Snow put into our hands a document written by R. R. Anderson showing the condition of Zions Savings bank. We looked through and found it in a fearfull condition.

[Tuesday, Jan. 24, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The Auditors met at 10 a.m. at the President’s office and spent most of the day pouring over the statements of the accounts.

[p.418][Thursday, Jan. 26, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Coop. W. & M. Co. met and had reports for the year read. Our earnings were $88,000.00. $20,000 were set aside to pay dividends, $25,000.00 to build us a home. The ballance was carried to various accounts. The Executive board were paid $100.00 each and the Directors $50.00 each additional for last year.

[Monday, Jan. 30, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I held services in the chapel of the Deseret University this Morning. I spoke on respect for the name of the supreme being. I was busy part of the day at the Groesbeck Co. office. I was elected a Director of the Coop. W. & M. Co. today.

[Tuesday, Jan. 31, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I held services at the Deseret University today. I spoke on faith. H. J. Grant, Rudger Clawson and myself of the Auditors met at 9:30 a.m. and put in most of the day making an examination into the condition of Zions Saving Bank.

[Thursday, Feb. 2, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I spoke to the students of the University of Deseret this morning on the necessity for a Savior.

Prest. Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, and Elders F. M. Lyman, Myself, Heber J. Grant, Geo. Teasdale, Anthon H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff and Rudger Clawson met at the Temple and had prayers. We voted to give the Tithing office corner to the government for a building.

[Monday, Feb. 6, 1899 – Salt Lake City] My son Don Carlos Smith’s wife gave birth to a daughter this moning. She lived only a few moments. She was named Gladys. We had her buried in my mother’s grave.

[Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The Auditors of the Church met at 9:30 a.m. F.D. Richards not present. We had before [us] A Bro. McMillan, Secretary Clayton of the Beach Co. Prest. Orson Smith was also before the committee about the Sterling mine.

I was elected a Director of the Home Fire Insurance Co.

I was elected a Director of the Coop. Furnature Co. and its President.

[Wednesday, Feb. 8, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I had a long talk today over the Church’s indebtedness. My wife Sarah F. is stoping at our Son Don C.

[p.419][Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I visited the headquarters of W. H. King, F. J. Cannon, and A. W. McCune.6

[Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1899 – Salt Lake City] Elder Franklin D. Richards has returned from California. Rudger Clawson is making up the Auditor’s report.

[Thursday, Feb. 16, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I spoke to the students of the L.D.S. College [in Salt Lake City] this morning.

Presidents Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, Franklin D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff and Rudger Clawson met in Council. Geo. F. Gibbs, secretary, present. I presented the question of Administering the sacrament in stake conferences, the blessing of children, the tracing decent in the Priesthood, naming children and then changing name by parents.

[Saturday, Feb. 18, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The day is very fine, altho muddy underfoot.

I asked Geo. M. Cannon, John B. Cannon, Angus J. Cannon if they thought I should rest under the statement made by Senator F. J. Cannon that I and Heber J. Grant had used my church influence against him. John Q. Cannon thought I ought not to go back at him.

Matthias F. Cowley and I took train for Pocatello Stake Conference at 5:90 p.m. We got of[f] at Downey Station and put up at Bro. Win. Hyde’s. Prest. Wm. B. Parkinson joined us at Cache junction.

[Monday, Feb. 20, 1899 – Downey Station, Idaho and Salt Lake City] 2 p.m. Win. A. Hyde spoke. Matthias F. Cowley spoke and advised the people to build a canal. I followed him and endorsed what he had said and admonished the people to do their full duty and bore testamony to the Truth of the Gospel.

We left for our homes at 3:40 p.m.

[p.420]My wife Sarah and I attended a banquet at the Alta Club rooms given by Ex. Senator Arthur Brown and Lady.

Most of the Republican members of the Legislature and their ladies were present. U.S. Marshall Glen Miller, Lindsey Rogers of Ogden, Geo. Sutherland and wife, E. B. Critchlow and some ladies were present. We had a grand spread. I enjoyed it very much.

[Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1899 – Salt Lake City] President Franklin D. Richards, Myself, H. J. Grant, and Rudger Clawson met at the Auditor’s office and passed upon the values of some of the property belonging to the Church.

I went to the Theatre in the evening with my wife Josephine.

[Thursday, Feb. 23, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The Regular meeting was held today in the Temple. Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, M. W. Merrill, Anthon H. Lurid, M. F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff and Rudger Clawson being present. We agreed that something should be done to relieve the state deadlock in the Legislature. We also thought it would be best if Geo. Q. Cannon could go [to the Senate]. We are to work to this end.

My wife Sarah F. and I went to the Theatre. Some of the Directors of the Groesbeck Co. met and talked over remodeling the Groesbeck block and determined to do.

[Friday, Feb. 24, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day at the President’s office. Political matters were on the topic. I saw Judge W. H. King and had a talk with him over the Political situation.

[Sunday, Feb. 26, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I had a long talk with Chief Justice Bartch this evening of the political situation. He wants Geo. Q. Cannon elected and figured out how it could be done. He wanted me to convert Democrats but I could not see how it could be done. He was quite confident as to the way it could be reached.

[Monday, Feb. 27, 1899 – Salt Lake City] It stormed today. My son George A. and I talked over his building a house and determined it should be done.

My grandfather John Smith was ordained a high Priest by Sidney Rigdon at Kirtland, Ohio June 6th, 1833 and a Patriarch by the Prophet Joseph Smith at Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Ill. January 10th 1844.

[Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day at President Lorenzo Snow’s office.

[p.421]The weather is very much unsettled. Showers, Sunshine, Snow, and lots of mud.

[Wednesday, March 1, 1899 – Salt Lake City] Rain, snow, and mud.

I was at the Office most of the day. I had a good talk with a number of leading men over the political situation. We have most of the Republicans ready to vote for Geo. Q. Cannon. I was at the meeting of the Y.M.M.I.A. board tonight. I went to the Theatre with President Lorenzo Snow. Susa’s band played.

[Sunday, March 5, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I attended the funeral of Sister Robert Johnson at the first ward meeting house. I made my home largely in 1874 & 5 at their home, 40 Commercia1 road Hereford.

[Monday, March 6, 1899 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Joseph F. Smith has returned from Honolulu and is in good health and spirits.

“John Henry Smith was ordained an Elder January 16th, 1864 in the Endowment house by Samuel L. Sprague, Sr.”

[Tuesday, March 7, 1899 – Salt Lake City] Presidents F. D. Richards, Rudger Clawson & Myself met with President Joseph F. Smith and talked over the condition of the Church financially. I had a nice talk with Prest. Lorenzo Snow about political matters.

[Thursday, March 9, 1899 – Salt Lake City] All of the auditing committee except H. J. Grant met at 9 a.m. and talked over the Sterling mine matter. F. S. Richards gave us a legal opinion and also left with us the original papers of incorporation.

The Legislature adjourned without electing a U.S. Senator. They are holding a long session in order to finish up some unfinished business.

[Friday, March 10, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The auditing committee met with President Lorenzo Snow and determined that the Church was in no way responsible for Sterling mine matter, Franklin D. Richards, Francis M. Lyman, Rudger Clawson, and myself being present.

I was reading in Henry Watterson’s History of the Spanish War until 9 p.m.

[Saturday, March 18, 1899 – Salt Lake City] It stormed some during the night. I was about my homes most of the day.

[p.422][Tuesday, March 21, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I gave O. J. Salisbury a note for $10,000.00 today for the Groesbeck Co. I also signed contracts with several parties to remodel the Groesbeck block and build a Kitchen for the hotel.

[Friday, March 24, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I lectured on the Colonization of Utah before the students of the Latter-day Saints College. The attendance was only fair. I did not have very good liberty in speaking.

[Tuesday, March 28, 1899 – Rexburg, Idaho] I went with the brethren to look over the ground for a site for a joint building for stake house and College.

[Friday, March 31, 1899 – Salt Lake City and Ogden] Myself and Wives and Sons, Geo. A., Winslow F. and Nathaniel L. and Lucy, Emily, my son Geo. Wife, and Mary Hansen went to Ogden and had a grand visit with Lorin Farr and about seventy of his children and grand children and a few friends. We had a nice supper.

[Sunday, April 2, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I attended fast meeting in the Temple and heard speaking in tongues by [?] Y. Dougall. Interpreted by Zina D. H. Young.

D. L. Moody, the Methodist Evangelist, spoke at the Tabernacle today.

[Tuesday, April 4, 1899 – Salt Lake City] All of the Apostles met in their room in the Temple and the day was spent in happy talk and in giving instruction. At our afternoon meeting President F. D. Richards gave some pleasing explanations of Doctrine.

[Wednesday, April 5, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The Apostles met at 9:30 a.m. and talked over our duty towards the first Presidency.

I was elected a Director of Z.C.M.I. today. I spent the evening at home.

[General conference, April 6-10.]

[Thursday, April 6, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The meetings were well attended and a good spirit prevailed.

I was elected a director today in the Utah Sugar Co. who held its annual stockholders meeting at 5 p.m.

[Tuesday, April 11, 1899 – Salt Lake City] President Lorenzo Snow instructed Bp. Win. B. Preston and myself to adjust some M. C. & A. Co. affairs with Manager A. W. Ivins. We met [p.423]and agreed that the Company’s money now in the hands of the manager should be held to meet payments soon due on the Oxaca purchase.

We also decided to allow to the Church school $2,000.00 dollars U.S. money, commencing on September 1 st, to be collected from old accounts due the company and from other exchanges of the company’s property. We also decided to pay our Manager $1,000.00 in U.S. coin as salary for looking after the Co. business.

[Wednesday, April 12, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I was at the President’s office most of the day. Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, and myself were appointed by President Lorenzo Snow to hear and determine upon a case between Wm. Budge and Francis Wilcox. We decided that Budge was to return the Land to Wilcox upon the payment of price and expense within thirty days.

I went to the theatre with Josephine.

[Monday, April 17, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I met with the Directors for the first time of the Utah Sugar Co. I signed a check for the Groesbeck Co. for $1,020.00 for work on Kenyon Kitchen.

[Wednesday, April 19, 1899 – Salt Lake City] Heber J. Grant, W. Madsen, Chas. S. Burton, Geo. T. Odell and myself met and agreed to pay Zions Savings bank and Trust Co. $2,200.00 each on a Grant Bros. Livery note. Hyrum & Joshua Grant, Wm. H. Rowe, and Elias W. Smith to pay or give their notes for $1,450.00 each.

The Sterling Mining co. board of Directors, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Myself, Heber J. Grant, and Rudger Clawson considered a debt owing to the Zions Savings Bank and Trust Co. by the Sterling mining Co. and endorsed by Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, and Joseph F. Smlith. After hearing all of the facts to be reached, President Lorenzo Snow decided to accept and pay one note and interest amounting to $107,000,00.

I went with President Joseph F. Smith to the Theatre.

President Lorenzo Snow read Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon’s settlement of the Bullion Beck & Champion M. Co. dedicated stock matter to Joseph F. Smith, Francis M. Lyman and myself. He had read it to me before. I advised him to accept it.

[Friday, April 21, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I was at President Snow’s office most of the day.

All of the first Presidency, Franklin D. Richards, Myself, Brigham Young, Anthon H. Lurid, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, and Rudger Clawson, James Jack and Nephi Clayton met and considered the subject of selling the Beach Railroad and Salt Works. We voted to keep the property.

[p.424][April 22, 1899 – Tooele City, Tooele County] A blessing given by Israel Bennion, Patriarch, upon the head of John Henry Smith, son of Geo. Albert Smith and Sarah Ann Libbey, born at Carbunca, now Council Bluffs, Pottawattomie Co., Iowa.

Brother John Henry Smith, by the Authority of the Holy Priesthood I now pronounce upon thy head a Patriarchal blessing. Thou art of the house of Joseph through Ephraim, an heir to the blessings of the fathers. Thou art blest in thy Ancestry, being of the favored lineage. The faith of the Gospel is thy birthright. Thou shalt never be turned from it. Thou shalt understand clearly all things pertaining thereto and thy spirit shall agree to the Counsels of the Servants of the Lord readily and easily, for it is natural for thee to comprehend and understand the Word of the Lord. Thou shalt be steadfast and firm in Counsel, yet humble, giving glory to the Lord. Thy face shall be set against iniquity, and in the purity of Thine heart thou shalt indeed be a Watchman upon the Towers of Zion, and shalt Live long and shall enter into the rest of the Lord.

Thy name shall be honored among the Saints and handed down in remembrance to future generations. Thy posterity shall be numerous and faithfull. Thou shalt take part in great and glorious events connected with the establishment of Zion. The spirit of prophesy shall be upon thee and the visions of eternity open to thy sight. Thou shalt have the gift of the holy spirit to guide thee, directing thy labors, both spiritually and temporally, and thou shalt see the Riches of the Earth uncovered for thy good and the good of the faithfull Saints and the good of Zion to thy heart’s content. I seal these blessings on thee and seal thee up to eternal life, to come fourth in the morning of the first resurrection, crowned with glory among thy Kindred and friends. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

[Thursday, April 27, 1899 – Salt Lake City] All of the Presidency and Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Marriner W. Merrill, Anthon H. Lund, Mattbias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, and Rudger Clawson met in the Temple and had prayer and assigned the brethren to their fields of labor for the next two weeks.

We adjourned to the President’s office to consider and took into consideration the tender of President Geo. Q. Cannon of his share of the dedicated stock in the Beck and Bullion & Champion Mining Co. to President Lorenzo Snow to be held by him for the purpose designed in the Revelation. [See August 27, 1896, diary entry and note.]

President Joseph F. Smith moved that the President accept the tender. I seconded the motion. After some talk by several of the brethren, the motion carried. There were 7,500 shares of stock and something from the dividends.

[p.425][Went to Colorado, Kansas City, Independence, St. Louis, Nashville, and other cities in the East with Sarah.]

[Wednesday, May 3, 1899 – St. Louis, Missouri] President Ben E. Rich met us at the Union depot. We took rooms, got some breakfast and had a ride out to one of the parks.

My wife met with an accident in our room today by get[ting] some alcohol on fire and we had a narrow escape having a big blaze. I burned my hands some in putting out the fire. No great damage was done.

[Monday, May 8, 1899 – Chatanooga, Tennessee] We had a meeting of the Presidents at the office at 9:30 a.m. Singing. Prayer by Prest. C. O. Christiansen. Prest. C. O. Christiansen said his Elders were well. He favor[e]d the Commissary. The Georgia Conference.

Prest. Joseph Skeen of North Alabama Conference. Some of the Elders have chills. The spirit of gathering is among the Saints. The Elders are preaching and testifying. Some Elders are old soldiering. Prest. John Henry Willis of the South Alabama has two Elders sick with malaria. Favors the Commissary. Has four branches. Dont favor building meeting houses. Have had one burned.

Prest. Thos. R. Condie of the Miss. Conference. Four Elders are sick with malaria. The Elders use the book money. They buy clothes. Have three meeting houses, have had two burned. They teach the restoration of the Gospel.

Prest. David Broadbent of the Louisiana Conference. Has six sick Elders. One branch have one meeting house owned.

[Saturday, May 13, 1899 – Chicago] Matthias F. Cowley and I went out to Elgin and visited David H. Smith at the insane Asylum. We spent several hours with him. He seemed somewhat dazed but talked quite freely. Ben E. Rich joined us and our time was spent quite pleasantly.7

[Saturday, May 20, 1899 – Salt Lake City] We find ourselves in our own state. We reached home at 10:30 a.m. and found all well.

[Went to Wichita, Kansas, for meeting of Trans-Mississippi Congress, May 3-June 6.]

[Thursday, June 8, 1899 – Salt Lake City] M. F. Cowley and I were apppointed a Committee to look into the Question of a cheap edition of the Book of Mormon.

[p.426][Friday, June 9, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I signed a note in favor of the Deadwood bank for $5,000.00 at 8 per cent per annum as President of the Groesbeck Co. I had a ride out to the hot springs and had a bath.

[Thursday, June 15, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The President, Lorenzo Snow, gave my son George A. and wife Lucy E. W. their second Endowments today. I laid hands on with him.

[Friday, June 16, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I paid Dr. R. B. Pratt $2.50 for two pair of glasses.

President Lorenzo Snow has called a solemn Assembly of the Apostles, Presiding Patriarch, and Seven Presidents of the Seventies, Presidency of Stake and Bishops of the Church to meet on July 2nd.

Bp. Scanlan and Father Youman of the Catholic Church called upon President Snow.

[Saturday, June 17, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I had an offer of two thousand dollars made for a piece of property on block 68.

[Monday, June 19, 1899 Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day about home. My son Glenn cut his foot on some glass very badly today.

[Wednesday, June 21, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I went to the Temple and took part in ordaining for the dead. Most of the day I was at the president’s office. Matthias F. Cowley and myself heard a difference between Andrew Jenson and H. G. Whitney. We held Jenson was wrong.

[Monday, June 26, 1899 – Manassa, Colorado] The Stockholders of the Mexican C. & A. Co. met and elected John Henry Smith, Anthony W. Ivins, Albert R. Smith, L. M. Petersen, Levi P. Helm, A. F. McDonald, Henry Eyring, Thos. Crowther Directors, With S. S. Smith, Sr., Secretary, and Henry Eyring Asst. Secretary, L. M. Petersen, Tress.

The Directors met and Elected John Henry Smith, President, A. W. Ivins Vice President, and Manager. Those present qualified by subscribing to an oath.

I spent the evening with the Presidency of the stake talking over the condition of affairs.

[Tuesday, June 27, 1899 – Manassa] Josephine and I made several calls upon old friends.

[p.427][Wednesday, June 28, 1899 Salida, Colorado and Salt Lake City] At Clear Creek Utah I received a telegram from Mayor S. S. Jones of Provo asking me to attend the funeral of Wm. Strong, who had been killed by a tramp. I told him I would do so.

[Thursday, June 29, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I went to Provo and attended the funeral of Policeman Win. Strong. David Johns, Myself, Reed Smoot, & S. S. Jones spoke. The attendance was large.

I had dinner with mother.

I returned to the City and joined in the celebration of my father’s birthday at Susan E. Smith. 141 persons were present. Joseph F. Smith, John Smith, Francis M. Lyman and myself spoke.

[Sunday, July 2, 1899 – Salt Lake City] About six hundred of the presiding officers of the Church met at 10 a.m. in the Temple. All of the First Presidency and Twelve, the Patriarch, the Seven Presidents of the Seventies, the Presiding Bishopric, all of the Presidents of stakes or a Councillor but one were present.

Most of the Bishops of the Church being present and representatives of all of the organizations of the Church.

All of the Presidency and Apostles, Bishop Wm. B. Preston and LeRoy Snow spoke.

We were together for about ten hours. We had lunch in the upper room.

It was a splendid day.

[Monday, July 3, 1899 – Salt Lake City] Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, A. W. Ivins, Henry Eyring and I agreed to the purchase of the Battapetan Ranch.

Myself, A. W. Ivins, A. R. Smith, Levi P. Helm of the Mexican Ag. & Col. Co. Directorate met and passed a resolution authorizing Manager A. W. Ivins to purchase the above named ranch by borrowing ten thousand dollars or so much thereof as might be necessary to do so.

Prest. Joseph F. Smith and I wrote a letter to S. S. Smith, Sr. about his trouble with Campbell over land matters.

[Thursday, July 6, 1899 – Salt Lake City] All of the Presidency and Franklin D. Richards, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff and Rudger Clawson met in Council at the Temple. Some talk was had over the Cache Presidency.

I spoke on the question of a more vigorous policy of colonization.

[p.428]President Snow endorsed me and felt I was the man to do that work, but nothing was decided in regard to that matter.

[Sunday, July 16, 1899 – Orangeville, Emery County] The presidency and High Council [met] and talked over stake matters. Bishop Jasper Robertson said he wished to withdraw from the Bishopric. Other men were canvassed to fill the place.

We held a Priesthood meeting and talked over the condition of the stake.

At 7:30 p.m. Orangeville Ward met. Bishop Jasper Robertson resigned and was honorably released by a vote of the people.

On motion of Patriarch Franklin Young, Bp. Jasper Robertson was again sustained as Bishop of Orangeville Ward.

We administered to two sick persons today.

[Tuesday, July 18, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I returned home and found that my wife Sarah had gone to the Holy Cross hospital.

In company with Bp. Wm. B. Preston and Anthon H. Lund, I have been appointed an arbitrator in the C. Layton Estate.

Drs. Jos. S. Richards, Wilcox, and Whitney performed an operation on my wife Sarah today. He stitched the womb to abdominal wall. They were 1-10 in doing the operation.

I spent most of the day in the hospital.

[Thursday, July 20, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I subscribed one hundred dollars for the fund to give the soldiers returning from Manila a reception.

My wife, Sarah, feels very well.

[Friday, July 21, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I was looking after my own business affairs today. I spent some time with my wife Sarah at the Hospital. She is mending some better.

[Saturday, July 22, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The Groesbeck Co. made its first yearly settlement with D.C. Porter.

Sarah is doing nicely. I took Josephine out riding.

[Sunday, July 23, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I attended the funeral of George Scholes, grandson of President Wilford Woodruff. Also the funeral of Mrs. Peart, daughter of Geo. C. Lambert of the Seventh Ward.

Sarah is getting on nicely.

[p.429][Monday, July 24, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I went out to the Lake with Josephine and my Sister, Mary A. Wimmer.

[Tuesday, July 25, 1899 – Salt Lake City] Daniel Segmiller of Upper Kanab was shot and killed by Wm. Roundy on Sunday Morning over a Water trouble.

One Owens has made an accusation against Heber J. Grant for Adultry for living with his Wife Emily Wells.

My wife Sarah is doing nicely.

Saturday, July 29, 1899 – Salt Lake City

I was busy most of the day over the Coop. W. & M. Co. business. Josephine and I went to Lagoon in the evening.

[Sunday, July 30, 1899 – Ogden] Myself and wife [Josephine] went up to the Hermitage in Ogden Canyon with Newton Farr and wife. We returned to Lorin Farr home, where we stoped over night.

[Monday, July 31, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I returned home by the noon train. I had a good time in visiting Sarah at the hospital and found her mending.

[Tuesday, Aug. 1, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I went out [to] the Penitentiary to visit Frank Farr. I had a short visit with him and told him I would do all I could for him if he would do right. The guards say he is doing nicely. I had dinner with the guards.

I spent some time with Sarah. She seems to be improving nicely.

[Thursday, Aug. 3, 1899 – Salt Lake City] It is Republican day at Saltair. Arthur Brown, A. L. Thomas, Gov. Heber M. Wells, Mrs. M. A. Breedan, and Myself spoke. Mrs. Jones presided. My son Winslow F. Smith led the singing. I paid Dr. Julian E. Young ten dollars on account of his work and ten dollars for Clair Wimmer. Yesterday I gave her one dollar, the day before, 25 cents.

[Friday, Aug. 4, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I spent the forenoon at the Coop. W. & M. Co. and Coop. Furniture Co. and the Groesbeck Co.

I was with Sarah at the Hospital part of the afternoon. The evening I spent at Josephine’s.

[Sunday, Aug. 6, 1899 – Coalville, Summit County] We held a priesthood meeting at 7:30 p.m.

[p.430]Prest. W. W. Cluff, Myself, Andrew Jensen, and Rudger Clawson spoke to the brethren.

The subjects treated on were the final payment of the meeting house, the Brigham Young Monument, meeting and entertaining the returning volunteers. I spoke on greater care of our daughters.

Bro. Andrew Jenson spoke about building a new Historian Office.

[Wednesday, Aug. 9, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The day was spent by me in getting my wife Sarah home from the Hospital. I paid for her keep there $60.00 and to Dr. Whitney $3.00 for his help to Dr. J. S. Richards at the time of the operation.

The board of the Y.M.M.I.A. met at 5 p.m. met and agreed to call one missionary from each stake to labor among the young people.

[Thursday, Aug. 10, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I took Father Lorin Farr out to the Penitentiary to see his Grand Son confined there for Burglary.

[Friday, Aug. 11, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I took Enoch Farr out to the Penitentiary to see his son. We took a look through the pen. He had a visit with his son Frank.

My wife is progressing very nicely.

[Tuesday, Aug. 15, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Utah Sugar Co. met today at 9:30. The new addition to the factory at Springville is progressing nicely.

I am reading Scott’s novel Ivanhoe.

[Thursday, Aug. 17, 1899 – Salt Lake City] Prests. Lorenzo Snow, Joseph F. Smith, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Artthou H. Lund, and Rudger Clawson met at the Temple. It was determined to have a silk Temple apron with raised flowers woven.

The Directors of Z.C.M.I., Coop. W. & M. Co, and Heber J. Grant and Co. met today.

The Utah volunteers returning from the Philippines left San Francisco today on a special for home.

[Saturday, Aug. 19, 1899 – Salt Lake City] A grand reception was acorded the returning volunteers today with a nice Banquet.

Prest. Lorenzo Snow and party left for Soda Springs and Bear Lake at 8:45 p.m.

[Sunday, Aug. 20, 1899 – Soda Springs, Idaho] We had a sleeping car. Our company consists of Lorenzo Snow and [p.431] wife Mine and their children, Joseph F. Smith, wife Edna and their sons Hyrnm and George, Myself and wife Josephine, Heber J. Grant & Mother, Anthon H. Lund, Rudger Clawson and son, Bp. W. B. Preston, J. Golden Kimball and wife, Almina Taylor, Lilly Freeze. Joseph E. Taylor joined us. John R. Barnes did the same. We reached Soda Springs about 8:30 a.m. I put up with Bro. Charles Rose.

We convened the meeting in a nice Bowery at 10 a.m., Prest. Louis S. Pond presiding.

Prest. Lorenzo Snow shook hands with 1,010 persons.

We blest eight sisters who had qualified by study to practice mid-wifery.

2 p.m. Prayer by Joseph E. Taylor. Lorenzo Snow, Wm. B. Preston, Heber J. Grant, Rudger Clawson and J. Golden Kimball, L. S. Pond all spoke on the subject of the payment of tithes.

[Monday, Aug. 21, 1899 – Soda Springs] I, Franklin D. Richards & Joseph E. Taylor spoke on the subject of the law of tithing.

2 p.m. Prayer by Rudger Clawson.

LeRoy Snow, Anthon H. Lund, and Joseph F. Smith all spoke on the paying of tithes.

[Saturday, Aug. 26, 1899 – Paris, Idaho] Conference convened at 10 a.m. President Lorenzo Snow dwelt upon the law of tithing for 85 minutes and in a most pleasing and forcefull manner. Bp. William B. Preston followed in the same strain, and with a most excelent spirit.

2 p.m. Prayer by LeRoy Snow.

Apostle Anthon H. Lund spoke on the wisdom of obeying every law of the Lord.

President Franklin D. Richards spoke 37 minutes. His mind would not work and he stood for four minutes at a time without saying a word. All were much distressed by his evident growing weakness of Intelect. He seemed very nervious. He, however, stuck to the text.

Joseph E. Taylor made an interesting talk on the Law of tithing.

[Sunday, Aug. 27, 1899 – Paris] At 9 a.m. the Sunday schools met in the Tabernacle.

2,511 persons shook hands with President Lorenzo Snow, among them 111 babies, three pair of twins being among the Little ones.

2 p.m. Prayer by Joseph E. Taylor.

The speakers were Hyrum M. Smith, J. Golden Kimball, LeRoy [p.432]Snow, Joseph F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, and Wm. Budge. Spoke on the Law of Tithing.

Prest. Joseph F. Smith and wife Edna and son David, my wife Josephine called upon three of the widows of Charles C. Rich and a widow of Bp. Edwin D. Wooley.

[Tuesday, Aug. 29, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I was at home in bed all day. Several friends called upon me.

[Wednesday, Aug. 30, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I got out and managed to walk about a little.

[Friday, Sept. 1, 1899 – Salt Lake City] My back is feeling badly today. I was at the hot spring in the morning.

[Saturday, Sept. 2, 1899 – Mount Pleasant] Prest. Lorenzo Snow spoke 48 minutes. Wm. B. Preston, Joseph E. Taylor, Abraham O. Woodruff and Anthon H. Lund. All spoke on the law of tithing.

[Sunday, Sept. 3, 1899 – Mount Pleasant.] Joseph F. Smith spoke 42 minutes, Seymour B. Young 10 minutes, Myself 20 minutes, Arthur Winter 10. All upon the law of tithing.

At 2 p.m. the conference met again. Prayer by Joseph E. Taylor. The sacrament was administered. Prest. George Q. Cannon spoke on Zions growth and mens duty to their families. Heber J. Grant, LeRoy Snow, J. Golden Kimball and Prest. Lorenzo Snow spoke upon the law of tithing.

The weather has been fine. The attendance was large. A most excelent spirit prevailed.

[Wednesday, Sept. 6, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I went to the hot spring with Heber J. Grant and took a bath. I am so lame it is quite difficult for me to get about.

[Saturday, Sept. 9, 1899 – Salt Lake City] [stake conference] President Lorenzo Snow and Bp. Wm. B. Preston talked to us on the payment of tithing.

[Friday, Sept. 15, 1899 – Provo] I went to Provo to visit my mother, who is quite sick with the shingles.

[Saturday, Sept. 16, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I returned home and I spent the entire day trying to secure the Pardon of Frank Farr from the Penitentiary.

[p.433]The Pardoning board took matter under advisement.

[Sunday, Sept. 17, 1899 – Farmington] Father Farr and I went to Farmington. We put up at Bro. Ezra T. Clark’s.

The conference of the stake convened at 10 a.m. in a Bowery. President Lorenzo Snow shook hands with 2,121 Sunday School children.

[Monday, Sept. 18, 1899 – Farmington] I went to Farmington at 8 a.m. Conference in the Bowery at 10 a.m. Prayer by Arthur Winter. President Lorenzo Snow set the pace by talking on Tithing and requested the other speakers to do the same.

[Tuesday, Sept. 19, 1899 – Ogden] We went as far as Ogden. I joined my wife at Enoch Farr Orchard and spent the ballance of the day eating mellons.

[Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I returned home and was sick all day. I met with the Y.M.M.I.A. board and attended the Wedding reception of Miss Rachel Grant and John E. Taylor.

[Thursday, Sept. 21, 1899 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon, Brigham Young, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund, and Rudger Clawson met in Council at the Temple. We met at the President’s office and discussed the question of diking the Utah Lake and trying [the] trouble for the Jordan Power Co. with the canals.

[Friday, Sept. 22, 1899 – Salt Lake City] Bp. Joseph L. Rawlins, Brigham Young, Geo. Q. Cannon, F. S. Richards, and Myself met and talked the Utah Lake matter.

J. Golden Kimball and I set apart eight Elders for missions. I blest my neice Margaret May Merrill for a mission to school at New York.

[Thursday, Sept. 28, 1899 – Salt Lake City] All of the Presidency and F. M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber j. Grant, Anthon H. Lund, Brigham Young and Abraham O. Woodruff of the Apostles met in Council at the Temple. The question of saving Prest. D. K. Udall from his creditors was considered.

[Monday, Oct. 2, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I called upon Judge Bishop about Frank Farr.

I am considering the purchase of Bamberger’s stock in the Groesbeck Co.

[p.434][Tuesday, Oct. 3, 1899 – Salt Lake City and Provo] I went to Provo on the evening train. My mother is still very poorly.

[Friday, Oct. 6, 1899 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] The 70th Semi Annual Conference convened at the Tabernacle at 10 a.m. All of the presidency present. All but Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young & John W. Taylor of the Apostles were present.

Prest. Lorenzo Snow made a few opening remarks. Rudger Clawson spoke on duty, Abraham O. Woodruff on Colonization, Matthias F. Cowley on Missionary Work.

2p.m.

Anthon H. Lund on tithing, Marriner W. Merrill on obedience. Heber J. Grant on duty. Geo. Teasdale on the full law of the Gospel.

[Saturday, Oct. 7, 1899 – Salt Lake City] Conference convened at 10 a.m. Singing. Page 166, We Thank Thee Oh God for a Prophet.

Prayer by Charles W. Penrose. . . . President Lorenzo Snow spoke 1:15 on the law of tithing.  I spoke 35 m. on the monument fund and the Amusements of the Young and tithing.

Heber J. Grant and I met with the owners of the Jordan River Water and spent some time coming to an understanding as to what course to pursue in regard to our troubles with the Lambron power plant.

At 2 p.m. conference convened again.

Franics M. Lyman and Joseph F. Smith both spoke on the law of tithing.

At 7:30 p.m. the Priesthood met in the Tabernacle.

Bp. Wm. B. Preston on the observance of the law of tithing.

Andrew Jenson of Keeping proper Records.  Geo. Q. Cannon on good works.  President Lorenzo Snow on paying your debts and keeping out of debt and maintaining the strictest Integrity as a Church and Individuals.

Word came that an effort was being made to arrest Prest. Lorenzo Snow.

[Sunday, Oct. 8, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The papers contain the information tha[t] Prest. Lorenzo Snow has been accused of Unlawfull Cohabitation by a Charles M. Owen.

Geo. Q. Cannon presented all of the General Authoraties.

Joseph W. McMurrin spoke on proper preparation for missing work.

Prest. Joseph F. Smith gave us a splendid discourse on our duties in the church.  Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon spoke on consistency in Prayer.

[p.435]An overflow meeting was held in the Assembly hall and the room was full.

At the Tabernacle in the evening the Sunday School held a Jubilee.  17 languages were represented.

The spirit of the Conference has been of the best.

[Monday, Oct. 9, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The Priesthood meeting convened at 10 a.m. in the Assembly Hall.

Prest. Lorenzo Snow blest the brethren.

Francis M. Lyman spoke on the payment of the Monument fund and upon ordination.

Prest. Lorenzo Snow spoke about giving second endowments.8

[Tuesday, Oct. 10, 1899 – Salt Lake City] Lorenzo Snow and wife Minnie, Joseph F. Smith and wife Julina, Francis M. Lyman, Myself and wife Sarah, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant & wife Augusta, M. W. Merrill, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley & wife Abigal, Abraham O. Woodruff and Mother, Bp. William B. Preston  and wife, Robert T. Burton and wife, John R. Winder and wife Had dinner at Geo. Q. Cannon’s home.  Twenty-nine of us sat down to the table.  We had an elegant dinner.

[Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I attended the meeting of the Home Fire Insurance Co. Directors.  They gave one hundred dollars to the Monument fund.

[Friday, Oct. 13, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I was at the President’s office during the morning hour.  President Lorenzo Snow agreed to advance Lyman’s and my compensation to two hundred and Fifty dollars per month.

I met Governor Stunenberg of Idaho this morning.

President Lorenzo Snow, Joseph F. Smith, Francis M. Lyman, and myself met with Gov. Heber M. Wells and had a talk over the appointment of A U. S. Senator.  Judge Bartch wants the place.

[Sunday, Oct. 15, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The country is covered with snow and it is still falling.

I went to Provo and attended the forenoon meeting of the Conference.  I spoke for 35 minutes on the completion of the Brigham Young Monument.

[p.436]I had a visit with my mother, who is sick.  I paid her Z. C. M. I. dividend of $4.00.

I attended the funeral of Don R. Coray.  Rev. Goldwin, Reed Smoot, and I spoke.  Father Howard Coray told me Hyrum Smith sealed his wife, Mary Jane Knowlton to him on or about October 20th 1843 in the City of Nauvoo, Ill. while they were riding in the Patriarch’s company and in his carriage.

[Wednesday, Oct. 18, 1899 – Salt Lake City] Anthon H. Lund and I called upon President Angus M. Cannon and talked over the division of the Salt Lake Stake.  I paid to W. C. Spence in behalf of McHale to aid in the bringing of his wife from Illinois $15.00.  A large number of Elders were set apart for Missions at the Annex of the Temple today.

R. R. Anderson read the result of his finding in Auditing the Accounts of the Los Angeles R. R. and Saltair Beach to Prest. Lorenzo Snow, Francis M. Lyman, Heber J. Grant, Myself and Rudger Clawson.  There was some strange things.

I paid Heber J. Grant
$35.00.
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& Co.
$8.00

[Thursday, Oct. 19, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I signed some papers and a note at Zions Saving Bank this morning.

Prest. 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 at the Temple. It was decided to devide Salt Lake stake into three, Deviding at 10th South in the south of Salt Lake City and along state street. The East to be called Granite and the West, Jordan. Frank Y. Taylor was chosen to preside over Granite and Orin P. Miller to preside over Jordan. Myself and A. H. Lund to organize the stakes.

We determined not to allow in future any change for reporting the blessings of the Elders.

I attended the Directors meeting of Z. C. M.I. The[y] Donated $500.00 to the Monument fund.

The Directors of the Theatre Co. met and accepted the resignation of R. W. Young as secretary and appointed Horace Ensign in his place.

My daughter Elsie Louise was Eight years old today. I baptized and confirmed her a member of the church.

[Saturday, Oct. 21, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I appeared before the board of pardons today in favor of Frank Farr. His appeal was granted and he will be released tomorrow.

[p.437]I had a long talk with President L. Snow on the management of the Deseret News. He wants to change its spirit a little.

My sons Nicholas and Nathaniel went to Elias Woodruff’s ranch and got a load of Straw.

[Sunday, Oct. 22, 1899 – Salt Lake City] It looks like storm. Two returned Elders, one from Samoa and the other from Colorado, and myself spoke at the Tabernacle this afternoon. I met with my Prayer Circle in the Temple.

My Daughter Sarah A. is 21 years old today.

[Monday, Oct. 23, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I secured the Pardon of Frank Farr from the Secretary of State and took my wife Sarah and Bell Christiansen in my Carriage and drove out to the Penitentiary.

We brought Frank away with us. Walter Farr is doing nicely. I called upon Sister Lambson who is very sick. Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon is dangerously sick at New York City of Pneumonia.

[Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1899 – Salt Lake City and Ogden] I went to Ogden City today and called upon President Franklin D. Richards. I regard him as a dangerously sick man.

I met Frank Farr and gave him some advice.

I called upon County Attorney George Halverson and had a talk with him over Walter Farr case. He promised to give me any help he could to relieve him from prison when I thought proper to make the effort. I returned home in the evening. I attended the Republican Rally.

[Thursday, Oct. 26, 1899 – 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.

[Sunday, Oct. 29, 1899 – Logan] In company with President Lorenzo Snow, Arthur Winter, and LeRoy Snow, I went to Logan to attend the conference.

The morning meeting was addressed by Francis M. Lyman and myself.

At 2 p.m. conference convened.

President Orson Smith resigned as President of the stake. President [p.438]Lorenzo Snow accepted it and spoke kindly of his labors. Charles Kelley and Bp. Wm. B. Preston spoke.

[Monday, Oct. 30, 1899 – Logan] Conference at 10 a.m.

President Lorenzo Snow presented Marriner W. Merrill to preside over the Cache Stake. He was unanimously sustained. He chose Joseph Morrell and Isaac Smith as councillors. All spoke a short time and said they would do their best. Bro. Merrill related a dream he had had about Satan.

Our party returned to the City. My wife Sarah is 50 years old today. About 25 of our kindred came in and spent the evening with us.

[Tuesday, Nov. 7, 1899 – Salt Lake City] Wm. B. Preston, Anthon H. Lund, and myself met with Christoher Layton and his Lawyers and talked the condition of G. Layton’s Estate affairs.

I went to the Polls and cast my vote for the Republican ticket.

[Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1899 – Salt Lake City] Francis M. Lyman, Anthon H. Lund, and Myself considered the cases of Dr. C. Plant and Joseph Cluff and recommended the decision of the high councils be sustained.

[Thursday, Nov. 9, 1899 – Salt Lake City] Lorenzo Snow, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund, Mattbias F. Cowley and Abraham O. Woodruff met in Council at the Apostles room in Temple. I reported my doings in Summit Stake. Brigham reported on his coking effort. Abraham O. Woodruff was appointed to look after colonization matters.

The work of Brigham Young in the East and what the Church would do was taken up at 3 p.m. but nothing was done.

My brother Charles W. Smith is employed as night watchman by the Groesbeck Co.

I paid $12.10 for clothes for my brother Charles today.

[Sunday, Nov. 12, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I spent the entire day at home reading in the Book of Mormon.

[Monday, Nov. 13, 1899 – Salt Lake City] My wife Sarah and I attended a reception given to Mrs. J. Ellen Foster of Washington, D.C. at the Residence of J. W. McCune. Lorenzo Snow, Judges Bartch, Miner, and Baskin, Arthur Brown, and many other gentlemen and Ladies were present.

[Tuesday, Nov. 14, 1899 – Salt Lake City] Wm. B. Preston, Anthon H. Lund and Myself went to Layton,[p.439]Davis Co. We had a large number of Christopher Layton’s family together and talked over the Estate’s affairs. All present spoke. Two of the wives, Caroline and Mary, were somewhat out of sorts.

[Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1899 – Salt Lake City] Thirty Elders were set apart for missions today.

Robert Dyer Green, Geo. L. Whittle, Heber D. Stephens, and Arthur H. Woodbury were ordained Seventies by me and, with Franklin H. Isom were set apart for missions to the southern states.

I paid taxes $503.28.

[Sunday, Nov. 19, 1899 – Brigham City] Prest. Lorenzo Snow, A. H. Lund, Abraham O. Woodruff, Frank Y. Taylor and myself went to Brigham City to attend the Quarterly Conference. President L. Snow shook hands with 1,065 Sunday school children.

[Tuesday, Nov. 21, 1899 – 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.

[Wednesday, Nov. 22, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I attended the funeral of Miss Annie Maeser. Prayer by George Reynolds. James E. Talmage, Myself, Heber J. Grant, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, Joshua Paul, Benj. Cluff, Jr., Prest. Angus M. Cannon and Bp. Isaac Barton spoke of her consistent life.

[Thursday, Nov. 23, 1899 – Salt Lake City] All of the Presidency and Brigham Young, Myself, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley and Rudger Clawson met in council. We thought after some talk if the brethren were asked to obey the law they had better say yes.

[Friday, Nov. 24, 1899 – Ogden] Bishop George Romney, Manager Geo. T. Odell and myself went to Ogden and went through the notes and accounts of the Coop. W. & M. Co. Manager Ed Woolley has resigned.

[Saturday, Nov. 25, 1899 – Montpelier, Idaho] We went to Montpelier and spent the entire day going through the notes and accounts of the Coop. W. & M. Co.

We found matters in very good shape.

[p.440][Thursday, Nov. 30, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I witnessed a football game today between the East Denver high school team and the Salt Lake City high school team. Neither made a score.

I ate Thanksgiving dinner with my wife Josephine.

[Friday, Dec. 1, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I wrote a letter to Bp. John Howard of Prospect, Bingham Co., Idaho in regard to his wife Josephine leaving him.

My son Nathaniel and I cleaned up our front yard.

[Saturday, Dec. 2, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The question as to whether the Church should put up more money for the Sterling Mines came up and it was decided to let the property Co. Some options to lands at Cedar City were also passed upon and it was decided to let them lapse. President Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Franklin S. Richards, James Jack, John M. Cannon, John R. Winder and myself being present.

[Monday, Dec. 4, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I looked over the new building of the Coop. W. & M. Co. It will take one more week to complete the roof.

The [United States] House of Representatives refused to permit Brigham H. Roberts to be sworn in.

[Tuesday, Dec. 5, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I went with my folks to visit the Utah Art Institute. They have a very fine collection of pictures.

Brigham H. Roberts made a talk in Congress. A committee was appointed to Investigate his case.

[Thursday, Dec. 7, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The evening was spent at home. I signed 102 certificates of membership in the Republican League Clubs.

[Friday, Dec. 8, 1899 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Franklin D. Richards is reported as dangerously sick.

[Saturday, Dec. 9, 1899 – Salt Lake City] President Franklin D. Richards died this morning at his home in Ogden City.

[Sunday, Dec. 10, 1899 – Box Elder County] I went to Beaver Ward in Box Elder Stake. Rudger Clawson, Charles Kelley and his Councillors and others joined us.

[p.441]The people have built a new stone meeting [house] that cost $5,774.72.

Our morning was very pleasant. We had a nice picknick in the basement. At the afternoon meeting Elder Rudger Clawson offered the Dedicatory prayer. Several of us spoke. A most excelent spirit prevailed. We returned home to the City.

[Monday, Dec. 11, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I paid a visit to the Penitentiary to see Walter Farr. It has stormed part of the day. We are finding it very difficult to keep all things going ok in getting a proper supply of coal.

[Tuesday, Dec. 12, 1899 – Salt Lake City] All of the First Presidency and all of the Apostles but M. W. Merrill and Abraham O. Woodruff attended the funeral of President Franklin D. Richards.

[Wednesday, Dec. 13, 1899 Salt Lake City] I felt an earthquake about 7 a.m.

I attended the funeral of Emily Partridge Smith, [plural] wife of the Prophet Joseph.

[Friday, Dec. 15, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Utah Sugar Co. met at 10 a.m. and declaired a dividend of 4 1/2 per cent for the quarter.

Bishop Wm. B. Preston, Anthon H., Lund, Christoher Layton and myself had a meeting about the Layton Estate.

I read the letters of Mrs. J. Ellen Foster and Wm. Glasmann. They say B. H. Roberts cannot get his seat.

[Monday, Dec. 18, 1899 – Beaver City] We visited the Latter Day Saints College at Fort Cameron and talked to the students. It is a nice school.

Jacob Bigler and wife are stoping here. He requested me to attend his funeral. He is now 87 years old.

[Friday, Dec. 22, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I bot four sets of Knives and Forks, paid $15.00. Z.C.M.I. gave one hundred tons of coal to the poor as a Christmas present.

[Tuesday, Dec. 26, 1899 – Salt Lake City] I was busy about the City. Walter Farr has filed his petition for pardon.

[Wednesday, Dec. 27, 1899 – Salt Lake City] Enoch Farr and I went out to the Penitentiary to see Walter Farr.

[p.442]Francis M. Lyman and I spent the evening at the residence of H. B. Clawson with chief Justice Bartch. We had a long talk over the situation at Washington. Bartch says an effort will be made to disfranchise all of the Mormon people.

[Thursday, Dec. 28, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Groesbeck Co. met and decided to sell one hundred thousand dollars more stock and pay of[f] the debts of the company.

[Friday, Dec. 29, 1899 Salt Lake City] All of the first Presidency and Prest. Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, A. O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Wm. B. Preston, Robt. T. Burton, John R. Winder, S. B. Young and Chas W. Penrose met in Council and talked over the situation of our political affairs both in the east and here.

[Saturday, Dec. 30, 1899 Salt Lake City] The same that met yesterday, less F. M. Lyman and Geo. Teasdale, met today and talked further as to what [we] were to do.

[Monday, Jan. 1, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I had a long talk with Prest L. Snow.

I had dinner with Josephine and the children.

The day was foggy.

[Tuesday, Jan. 2, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I paid for Samuel Cooper $126.65 taxes today. I paid James $16.35. I paid the Paragon Shoe Co. $7.65. I paid Interest at Zions Savings & T. Co. $255.65 on Interest.

[Thursday, Jan. 4, 1900 – Salt Lake City] All of the First Presidency and Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Anthon H. Lund, Abraham O. Woodruff and Rudger Clawson met in Council. We voted to purchase fifty-one thousand dollars of the Theatre Stock.

We decided to change the management of the Saltair Beach and the Los Angeles R.R.

[Friday, Jan. 5, 1900 – Salt Lake City] President Lorenzo Snow told me today he was thinking of having me go to Washington.

I read a letter today to Orson which establishes the fact that O. F. Whitney is mixed up with C. W. Stayner in the baby Resurrection Theory. The letter was signed by Nephi.

[p.443]Anthon H. Lund, Wm. B. Preston, John Donaldson and myself held a consultation on the Layton estate affair. We agreed on the division of that Estate.

[Tuesday, Jan. 9, 1900 – Salt Lake City] All of the Apostles but Rudger Clawson met in the Temple at 10 a.m. Brigham Young presiding.

Brigham Young gave words of Wisdom. Abraham O. Woodruff talked on Colinization. Matthias F. Cowley bore testimony to the whole truth. Anthon H. Lund felt we should be guarded in what we did. Rudger Clawson came in and gave us a good general talk. Marriner W. Merrill gave us some of his early experience and stood strong for polygamy. John W. Taylor was for Zion first and last.

I bot some oil. One of Josephine’s children is quite sick.

2 p.m. Prayer by John W. Taylor.

John W. Taylor spoke on missionary work. Heber J. Grant on his feelings against F. J. Cannon and Peter W. Madsen.

Rudger Clawson made some talk on the keeping of accounts.

At 4 p.m. the Directors of the Groesbeck Co. met. I was reelected President for the year.

[Wednesday, Jan. 10, 1900 – Salt Lake City] All of the Apostles but Rudger Clawson met in council at the Temple at 10 a.m., President Brigham Young presiding.

Brigham Young spoke on the Union of the Apostles. George Teasdale gave a talk on marriage and stood firmly in favor of polygamy. I spoke on our being prudent and not talking to much.

The Apostles met at 2:30 p.m. Prayer by Heber J. Grant. Francis M. Lyman favored a conservative policy and not to much talk these times. He was against any of the leading brethren taking part in politics.

[Thursday, Jan. 11, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I spent the evening with the children at Josephine’s. Some of them were quite poorly.

[Monday, Jan. 15, 1900 – Salt Lake City] The President has determined that I should go East.9

[p.444]The Directors of the Utah Sugar Co. met at 9:30 a.m. The Company has ground up 52,625 tons of beets. The run was for 129 days. The beets have made the yield of 254 lbs. to the ton.

I spent the evening at Josephine’s.

[Tuesday, Jan. 16, 1900 – Salt Lake City] President Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith set me apart for my mission, Geo. Q. Cannon being mouth.

[Wednesday, Jan. 17, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I left over the Union Pacific R.R. for the East. I spent the day reading.

[Saturday, Jan. 20, 1900 – Chicago] I staid overnight at Bro. H. J. Sears.

In the evening we went to the Wedding of Brother and Sister Oscar Ariel Nelson and Carrie Marrie Andersen at No. 1657 Whipple Street.

I married them. We had a grand supper and about sixty person[s] sat down to the Tables. Singing and music were indulged in.

[Tuesday, Jan. 23, 1900 – on train] I said goodbye to the Sears family and took train for Washington, D.C. Bp. H. B. Clawson was with me.

[Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1900 – Washington, D.C.]  We changed cars and had a very pleasant run by way of Baltimore, Maryland to Washington, D.C. We put up at the Shoreham. I visited the Capital and met a few friends. I wrote letters to my Sons Winslow and Nicholas.

I sent an order on James Jack to each of my wives for fifty dollars.

[Thursday, Jan. 25, 1900 – Washington, D.C.] I visited the Museum and art Galery. It is an elegant Marbel structure. There are some fine Paintings and sculpture. In the evening I visited National Library Building. I believe it to be the finest structure in all the world.

Brigham H. Roberts was excluded from Congress by a vote of 268 to 50.

Senator Geo. L. Shoup of Idaho called upon me this evening and expressed to me the kindest of feelings.

[Friday, Jan. 26, 1900 – Washington, D.C.] It is an exceedingly raw cold day. I called upon Bro. B. H. Roberts and had quite a lengthy talk with him. He feels somewhat depressed in spirits but bears up in a reasonably good way. Judge G. W. Bartch has [p.445] arrived and is feeling well. We have concluded to remain at the Shoreham. We went to the Theatre in the evening.

[Saturday, Jan. 27, 1900 – Washington, D.C.] I called upon U.S. Senators Joseph L. Rawlins, Geo. L. Shoup, Shelby M. Cullom, [Mc? written between lines], C. D. Clark, and Congressman F. W. Mondell. All treated me nicely. I wrote to Lorenzo Snow.

[Sunday, Jan. 28, 1900 – Washington, D.C.] I was at the Hotel most of the day. I called up B. H. Roberts at the Metropolitan Hotel and found Senator Jos. L. Rawlins there. I had a short visit [with] them.

In the evening I gave a supper. The guests were Senator Joseph L. Rawlins, Genl. J. S. Clarkson, Judge G. W. Bartch, B. H. Roberts and H. B. Clawson. It cost $2.50 a plate, $5.00 room, and dollar each for three servants. We had a nice supper of some 12 courses.

All refused wine.

[Monday, Jan. 29, 1900 – Washington, D.C.] It is very cold. President Win. McKinley is 57 years old today. In company with Senator Geo. L. Shoup of Idaho, Bp. H. B. Clawson and I spent thirty minutes with the President. We had a pleasant talk on Utah affairs. I made some explanations as to family matters and the decadence [decrease] of plural relations and told him the Mormon people had kept faith. The President Introduced us to Secretary of War Root.

I spent the afternoon at the Capatol and had conversations with several senators and some Representatives. I believe that a constitutional amendment will not pass.

[Tuesday, Jan. 30, 1900 – Washington, D.C.] Judge Geo. W. Bartch, Bp. H. B. Clawson and myself called upon Gen. L. T. Michner at the Pacific building and had a nice visit.

He gave me a letter of Introduction to Representative Landis of Indiana. I called upon Senators Jones of Arkansas, C. M. Depew of New York, Geo. L. Shoup of Idaho, Penrose of Pennsylvania, Wm. M. Stewart of Nevada and McBride of Oregon.

I had a nice short visit with Littlefield of Maine and Landis of Indiana.

Bp. Clawson and I spent the evening with Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Foster at their Rooms at the Portner building. They live in a Flat on the seventh floor.

[Wednesday, Jan. 31, 1900 – Washington, D.C.] Bp. H. B. Clawson and I spent some time in listening to speaches both in the Senate and house. I had a short visit with Senator C. D. Clark, [p.446] Senator Geo. L. Shoup, O. J. Salisbury, C. O. Whittemore, H. B. Clawson, Judge Geo. W. Bartch and called upon Chairman Babcock of the National [Republican] Congressional Committee and talked over political affairs in the West. He promised to help us with money if he could and our showing could warrant it.

Bro. H. B. Clawson and I went to the Theatre to see the play “Why Smith left Town.”

I wrote letters to Don and Chase.

It was an extremely cold day.

[Thursday, Feb. 1, 1900 – 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.

[Friday, Feb. 2, 1900 – Washington, D.C.] Cold. I spent most of the day at the Capitol.

I had an interview with Senator Allison of Iowa and he and Senator Shoup promised me that the proposed Amendment would not go into law.

I spent the evening at the Hotel with O. J. Salisbury, C. O. Whittemore, and Judge Bartch.  The Judge left for home this evening.

I received a letter from Gen. L. T. Michner asking that the Deseret News be modified in its utterances.

We are told that the Committee on Judiciary will consider the proposed amendment business in a few days.  Bro. H. B. Clawson and [I?] lent Judge Geo. W. Bartch $12.50 cash.

[Saturday, Feb. 3, 1900 – Washington, D. C.] I spent the night at the Lafayette Turkish Baths.

In company with H. B. Clawson and Senator Geo. L. Shoup we called upon the Postmaster General George Emery Smith and two of his assistants.  We had a frank talk with him in regard to John C. Graham and he said he would leave Graham alone until the courts had passed upon the case.  If he was found guilty they would give Jas. Clove a fair consideration.

I wrote letters to my wife Sarah and to my mother.

[p.447][Sunday, Feb. 4, 1900 – Washington, D. C.] Bp. H. B. Clawson and I had a nice visit with Speaker Henderson and Senator Shoup.  We talked over mattrs in Utah quite frankly.

We had an elegant Dinner.  I wrote letters to Josephine and my daughter Sarah.

[Monday, Feb. 5, 1900 – Washington, D. C. ] Bh. H. B. Clawson and I called up Senator Mark Hanna and had a short talk with him.  We called upon Secretary Meiklejohn of the War department.

We then went and had a visit with 4th Assistant Postmaster General Bristow and talked over the J. C. Graham matter.  He said he would do the best he could for him.

I spent two hours in the library building.  I had a visit with Senator Thos. Casten of Montana.  C. O. Whittemore took [me] to the land office and Introduced me to Commissioner Berger Herrmann.

[Tuesday, Feb. 6, 1900 – Washington, D. C.] I had short interviews today with Senators Chandler and Gallinger of New Hampshire.

I attended a lecture on Art.

I took a run over to Arlington Cemetery and enjoyed it very much.

[Thursday, Feb. 8, 1900 – Washington, D. C.] I wrote to President Lorenzo Snow.

Bp. H. B. Clawson and I had a nice visit with Gen. G. H. Williams.  He promised to help us all he could consistently.  We went to the Grand Theatre and where they had a variety of good things.  I was laughing from Beginning to end.

[Friday, Feb. 9, 1900 – Washington, D. C.] I received letters from Senator Francis E. Warren and Judge Wm. M. McCarty.  The latter gave a little history of Political affairs in Utah.  He also sent me a check for $50.00.  I wrote to Judge McCarty.  I put both of Judge McCarty letters into the hands of Senator M. A. Hanna to read.

We spent the evening with Gen. George H. Williams and he gave us some information as to the actions of the house committee on Judiciary and a letter of Introduction to Hon. Jesse Overstreet.

[Saturday, Feb. 10, 1900 – Washington, D. C.] I called upon Mr. Mark Hanna and some other parties and had a short talk.

I spent the afternoon in the Capital and made an effort to see Senators Stephen B. Elkins and E. O. Wolcott.

[p.448]I had a Turkish Bath in the evening.

[Sunday, Feb. 11, 1900 – Washington, D. C.] Bro. H. B. Clawson and I visited the soldiers Home and Tried to find Seth Ford but we failed.

I spent the evening reading in the Doctrine and Covenants.

[Monday, Feb. 12, 1900 – Washington, D. C.] It rained all day.  I got to see Mr. Jesse Overstreet and found him cold and stiff.  Bp. H. B. Clawson and I went to the National Theatre in the evening.  Primrose and Co. gave a good entertainment.

We mailed to President Lorenzo Snow all of the Resolutions introduced into the House of Representatives proposing to amend the Constitution of the United States in regard to Polygamy and Polygamous Cohabitation.

[Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1900 – Washington, D. C.] Bp. H. B. Clawson and me in company with Senator Geo. L. Shoup Called upon President Wm. McKinley.  He received us nicely and said we should not be hurt.  We had a good handshake and he seemed very happy.  I told him I would do all I could for him but that he must not overestimate my strength.

I called upon Commissioner H. C. Evans and Commissioner Berger Hermann of the land office.  Both wished to be Kindly remembered to my son Geo. A. Smith.  Bp. H. B. Clawson and I called upon Sister Franklin S. Richards at the Riggs house.  We left for New York at 10:30 p.m.

[Went to New York and met with missionaries, February 15; left for home, February 16.]

[Sunday, Feb. 18, 1900 – on train in Iowa] I spent the day reading and visiting.  Ex U. S. Senator Carey of Wyoming and I had a good visit.

[Tuesday, Feb. 20, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I called upon Prest. Lorenzo Snow.  He was pleased to see me.

He told me there were two brethren of the Hedrekite church wanted to form a combination with us and the Reorganized Church to build a Temple at Independence, Mo.

[Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1900 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, Francis M. Lyman, My-[p.449]self, George Teasdale, John W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, Anthon H. Lund, W. B. Preston and John R. Winder and Abraham O. Woodruff met in Council with George D. Cole and George Pack Frisby of the Hedrekite church.  They had come upon a mission to us to make the proposition that they and We and the Reorganized church unite and build a Temple at Independence, Missouri.  We heard their proposition and then they withdrew.  Prest. Joseph F. Smith joined us and the matter considered, all speaking as they felt.  President Lorenzo Snow then decided We could not meet the wishes of the other parties and he so notified them.

We agreed to pay their expenses, however, and thank them for their Kindley feeling.

My niece Irene Merrill was married today in the Temple by Prest. Joseph F. Smith to Stephen Richards.  My son George A. has met with a serious accident to one of his eyes.

[Friday, Feb. 23, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I went through the Temple for my 7th great uncle William Smith and, and my sister, Elizabeth Smith Cartwright for his wife and we had them sealed.  Prest. Joseph F. Smith and his family acted for some of his children, and all were adopted to the prophet Joseph Smith.

[Sunday, Feb. 25, 1900 – Bloomington, Bear Lake County, Idaho] Bp. Wilford Clark took us to see Bp. Ed Austin, who has had a sorely afflicted family, having had Typhoid fever in his family for over 7 months and a son of 18 years and a daughter 21 years old having died.  The later laying dead in the house now.

[Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I paid S. A. Kenner $10.00, Dr. Jos. S. Richards $20.00, Joseph F. Smith $100.00.  I paid Dr. E. Young $10.00, John C. Cutler $10.00.

[Thursday, March 1, 1900 – Salt Lake City] The Democratic party held their convention today.  Judge William H. King received the nomination for Congress.

[Friday, March 2, 1900 – Salt Lake City] The Republican Convention met today and nominated James T. Hammond for Congress.

[Thursday, March 8, 1900 – Salt Lake City] Anthon H. Lund, Myself, and Wife Josephine went up to Kaysville to attended the family gathering of Christoher Layton to commemorate his 74th birthday.  About three hundred persons were present.  We had songs and speaches and a nice dinner.

The Engine on the train on which we returned home was really badly [p.450]damaged by going to pieces.  Luckily no one was hurt.  We were delayed two hours.

I see by the evening paper I was elected a Director of the Saltair Beach Co. today.

[Friday, March 9, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I was working most of the day on my father’s history.

My sons Winslow, Nicholas, Nathaniel, Joseph and myself plowed up my garden.  The horses were quite nervious.

My wife Sarah and I went to the Theatre.  The play was The Rivals.

[Saturday, March 10, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I worked in the garden most of the day.

I got from Aunt Bathsheba three of Father’s journals and a bundle of papers.  One [of] the books contains a Biographical sketch that will save me much work.

[Monday, March 12, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I was working on my father’s history until quite late at night, my son Winslow F. helping me.

[Wednesday, March 14, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I attended a meeting of the Directors of the Saltair Beach Co.  We talked over the securing of a Manager for that Company’s business.

The Y. M. M. I. A. Board met at 5 p.m.

[Thursday, March 15, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I borrowed from the Deseret Savings bank $17,060.00 to buy stock in the Groesbeck Co.  My wife J. G. signed one note of $10,000.00 and I for $7,060.00.  We put up Groesbeck Co. stock as security, 4,265 shares.

The Directors of the Sugar Co. met.  They declaired a dividend of three per cent.

All of the Presidency and F. M. Lyman, Myself, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund, Abraham O. Woodruff, and Rudger Clawson met at the Temple and had prayers.  Jesse W. Crosby was released as President of the Panguitch stake at his own request to move into the Big Horn Country in Wyoming.

[Friday, March 16, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office of President Lorenzo Snow most of the day.

Josephine and I attended a Relief Society meeting and had supper in the 12th Ward.  It was to commemorate the organization of that body 58 years ago tomorrow.  Papers were read by the sisters and I spoke a few minutes.

[p.451][Saturday, March 17, 1900 – Salt Lake City] The Presidency thought I better take part in the campaign if I felt to do so.

[Tuesday, March 20, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I had my stock in the H. J. Grant & Co. reduced from 5 to 3 shares and received $204.45 in cash for the difference.  I paid the cash on my note at the State Bank.  I also paid $50.00 interest.  I paid $10.00 on account of insurance.

[Friday, March 23, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I had part in setting apart for missions a large nmber of brethren.

At 8:45 p.m. I left on the train in Company with Joseph W. McMurrin for Rexburg, Fremont Co., Idaho.

[Sunday, March 25, 1900 – Rexburg, Idaho] During most of the noon hour and presidency of the stake and most of the members of the High Council met and after talking over the condition of several of its members, on Motion of John L. Roberts they decided to dissolve.

I restored to Benjamin W. Driggs Jr. his rights in the Priesthood upon the Recommendation of the Bishop of his ward and Prest. Thos. E. Ricks.

At 4 p.m. the Priesthood came together.  The action of the High Council was endorsed and they were released.  [A new high council was sustained.]

[Thursday, March 29, 1900 – Salt Lake City] President Lorenzo Snow is in quite poor health.

I made an arrangement [for] Dr. L. Snow to operate on my eye.

[Friday, March 30, 1900 – Salt Lake City] Dr. Leslie Snow cut a growth of[f] my left eye today, Dr. Joseph S. Richards helping.

[Saturday, March 31, 1900 – Salt Lake City] At home all day nursing my eye.

[Sunday, April 1, 1900 – Salt Lake City] At home.  Josephine read to me most of the day.

[Monday, April 2, 1900 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Lorenzo Snow will be 86 years old tomorrow.  The Temple work[ers] celebrated this day today, at which were all of the First Presidency and most of the apostles and Seven Presidents of Seventies.  It was held in the Annex, Bp. John R. Winder presiding.  A lunch having been provided, [p.452]Bp. Geo. Romney blest it and then we ate.  About two hundred persons were present.

Singing and words of praise and respect were spoken by a number of the brethren.

Judge William H. King was elected to Congress today by about 14,000 majority over Hammond, Republican.

[Thursday, April 5, 1900 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. all of the apostles and Rudger Clawson met and finished up their conference work.  At 11 a.m. all of the First Presidency and Rudger Clawson joined us.

The Sacrament was administered, Brigham Young blessing it.  President Lorenzo Snow said the question of the seniority of Joseph F. Smith or Brigham Young in the Council of the Apostles was one of moment and must be decided.

It was determined unanimously that Joseph F. Smith was the senior, he having been sustained by the Apostles and church and ordained and set apart as a member of the Council of the Apostles.  Brigham had been ordained an apostle when a boy by his Father and taken in to the Council of the Apostles some years later by setting apart and the vote of the Twelve and Saints.

The President requested us to hand to him two names each to fill the vacancy in the Twelve.  Brigham is to preside in the Councils of the Twelve while President Geo. Q. Cannon shall act as Councillor to President Lorenzo Snow.  Benediction by Geo. Q. Cannon.

This has been a great day to the church of Christ.

[Saturday, April 7, 1900 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] 7 p.m. Priesthood meeting.

Prest. Lorenzo Snow spoke on non-tithe payers.  He exhibited a book in which he said ten thousand names were recorded who claimed standing in the church but paid no tithes.

[Sunday, April 8, 1900 – Salt Lake City] Conference convened at 10 a.m.

Rudger Clawson spoke on tithing.  Joseph F. Smith followed on the same subject.

All of the Presidency and Apostles met at the President’s office and agreed that Reed Smoot should fill the vacancy in the Council of the Apostles.  He was invited in and told by Prest. Lorenzo Snow what had been decided upon.  He said he had never dreamed of it nor had any feeling that he was fit for the place, but if the brethren felt he would do he would do his best.  After Instructions by Presidents Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith and Francis M. Lyman and myself our meeting closed.

[p.453]2 p.m.  Conference.

All of the General Authorities were sustained, Reed Smoot among the number.  He spoke.

[Monday, April 9, 1900 – Salt Lake City] Priesthood meeting at 10 a.m.  Prayer by Reed Smoot.

Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon, Heber J. Grant, Francis M. Lyman, George Teasdale, and Wm. B. Preston spoke upon the law of tithing.

All of the Presidency but Joseph F. Smith and all of the Apostles but John W. Taylor met at the President’s office.  Reed Smoot was ordained an Apostle under the hands of his brethren, President Lorenzo Snow being mouth, Edward Partridge and Geo. F. Gibbs being present.

[Tuesday, April 10, 1900 – Salt Lake City] My daughters Arzella and Josephine are down with the measels.

[Thursday, April 12, 1900 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Lehi Sugar Co. met at 9:30 a.m.  I was elected a Delegate to the Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress and the[y] gave me $150.00 to pay my expenses.

[Went to Houston, Texas, for Trans-Mississippi Congress, Apr. 13-20, then to Mexico City.]

[Wednesday, April 18, 1900 – Houston, Texas] Gov. Pitkin was made President of the Congress for two years.  Geo. Q. Cannon was made 4th Vice President at large.  I was made Vice President for Utah.  L. W. Shurtliff and John C. Cutler member of the Executive Committee.  Lycurgus Johnson presented a Resolution in favor of the original owners of Gilsonite beds as against the Government and He made a short speach.  Several fine papers were read during the day.

[Thursday, April 19, 1900 – Houston] Geo. Q. Cannon presented a resolution favoring government aid to the sugar industry and spoke in its favor.

Dr. S. B. Young read a paper on the Resources and future development of Utah.  I spoke on the Congress going to Cripple Creek in 1901.  The Congress decided so to do.  I was in the chair for a brief period of time.

I received a letter from my wife Sarah and wrote to her.

[Friday, April 20, 1900 – Houston] I wrote letters to Josephine and my sons, Winslow, Nathaniel and Joseph.

The Congress adjourned at 5 p.m., having adopted 27 Resolutions.  [p.454]There were 360 Delegates present.  Our treatment has been of the best.  John R. Murdock and John R. Barnes have had their pockets picked.

[Saturday, April 21, 1900 – Galveston and Houston] On the boat [to Galveston] I met a Mr. J. S. Ewell who formerly lived at Carthage, Hancock Co., Ill.  He says that Joseph Smith of the Reorganized Church and a Lawyer Edmunds of Cartharge and a relative of Senator Geo. F. Edmunds of Vermont drew what was known as the Edmunds law, that he knew this to be true.

George Cannon and wife, George Romney and wife, James R. Miller, John C. Cutler, Myself and daughter Sarah took train at 11:15 p.m. for Mexico on the Pulman Car Ascalon.  Our contract was for $75.00 dollars each for ten days.  J. R. Miller paid for me and my daughter [Sarah] $150.00.

[Thursday, April 26, 1900 – Mexico City] We reached here at 6 a.m., a good night ride.

We spent some time listening to the music in the Almeda.  We visited Guadalupe Church and the chappel and cemetery and saw the grave of Santa Ana.  My daughter was robed right on the street car in front of the great Cathedral, lost about $25.00 in U. S. money.

[Friday, April 27, 1900 – Mexico City] Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon and I called upon the American Ambassador Powell Clayton.  He received us nicely and arranged for us to see President Porfirio Diaz, but owing to a misunderstanding as to time and place it fell through.

[Saturday, April 28, 1900 – Mexico City] We crossed the Mountains to Cuernavaca.  We paid a visit to the Palace of Cortez.  Also the Cathedral built in 1723.  The ride over the mountains was very pictuesque.  We returned in the evening.  Prest. G. Q. Cannon had remained hoping to see President P. Diaz but failed.

I have been under the weather with lumbago all day.

[Sunday, April 29, 1900 – Mexico City.] We bought a few trinkets.  Our visit to the national museum was most pleasing.  It contains the Calander stone, the sacrificial stone and God and Images in great numbers.  The Carriages of State that Maximillian used, also the one Benito Juarez used, and the silver used by Maximilliam and a most excelent picture of him. . . . The evidences of the advanced civilizations of the Aztec is manifest in this wonderful collection.

We attended the Bull fight and became fully disgusted with the cruelty of the thing.  One animal out of five was killed.  This sport should be suppressed by law.

Many and most serious has been my reflection on the past and [p.455]present as I have looked at the various historic spots.  At the evidence of great wealth and the extreme poverty.  It is a beautifull City.  The strong hand of President Porfirio Diaz is manifest everywhere.

[Wednesday, May 2, 1900 – San Antonio Texas] We reached here early this morning.  I visit[ed] the Fort Sam Houston, The Alamo and its Park, the Club rooms and theater, The Cathedral, city Hall, County Court house.  Looked at several Plazas and drove through the business and residence part of the City.  The City is well built.  Many residences are superb.  It is an old City.  It was here much heroic work was done during the struggle for Texan Independence.  The rains have made the land most beautifull with its grass and flowers.

[Thursday, May 3, 1900 – Galveston, Texas] I spent the day at Galveston in company with George Romney and Wife and John C. Cutler.

There are many fine school house buildings, the white and black children being in separate buildings. . . . Parks, gardens, schools and orphan homes are provided seperate for the Colored race.

During the years 67, 75, and 76 this City of Galveston has been flood[ed]/

[Sunday, May 6, 1900 – Glenwood Springs, Colorado] I bot five dollars worth of Tickets to a Concert to be held in the Tabernacle in the interest of the Scofield sufferers.  I spent three hours working in my garden.

[Wednesday, May 9, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I had my eye cauterized today by Dr. L. Snow.  I worked some in my garden.  The Z. C. M. I. board met.

[Saturday, May 12, 1900 – Provo] I went by train to Provo.  I borrowed the Horse and buggy of my sister Grace L. Cheever and drove over to Spanish Fork and attended to some business and retired to Provo, where I stoped overnight at my mother’s.

N. H. Groesbeck rode with me to Spanish Fork and we talked over the Question of Divorce from his wife Katherine Houty.

[Monday, May 14, 1900 – Provo] My wife Josephine joined me and we drove to Spanish Fork, where [p.456]we traded out part of a dividend of $298.00 dollars at the Spanish Fork Coop store.  I paid $30.00 in tithing.

We drove over to Springville and spent three hours with our relatives.

I got Nicholas H. Groesbeck and Katherine Houty Groesbeck together and after some conversation they decided to be Divorced.  They signed their names and I witnessed their signatures.

[Tuesday, May 15, 1900 – Salt Lake City] My wife Josephine and son Glenn and I returned home.  I met with the Directors of the Lehi Sugar Co.  I bot a load of hay and paid $9.00 for it, the most I ever paid for Lucerne.

[Wednesday, May 16, 1900 – Salt Lake City]  I rebaptized and re-confirmed John Henry Evans, he having been guilty of fornication.  It was attended to at the hot spring bath house.

[Thursday, May 24, 1900 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. Brigham Young, myself, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson and Reed Smoot met in council at the Temple.  We talked over Tithing matters and concluded we were a unit.

[Sunday, May 27, 1900 – Paris, Idaho] [stake conference] At 11 a.m. Conference.

Prest. Wm. Budge spoke on the building of the school building now in progress.

A 2 p.m. Conference convened.

Elder Rudger Clawson gave a most excelent discourse on Tithing and the duty of the bishop in regard to non tithe payers.  I followed him on the same subject.

No better spirit has ever prevailed in any Conference.

[Tuesday, May 29, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I worked in the garden.  I called at the office and met Prest. Lorenzo Snow, Angus M. Cannon, Bp. George Romney, John C. Cutler.  The three last named brethren were of a committee to solicit donations for a church school.  They wanted the old Whitney corner on which to build it.  President Snow said he was in favor of giving it out.  I endorsed it.

I drove over to my field and found a bunch of cattle tramping down my lucerne.

[Thursday, May 31, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I wrote to my wife Sarah and mailed her an order on the C. & N. W. R. R. for a ticket home.  It cost $21.25.

[p.457][Friday, June 1, 1900 – Salt Lake City] The people are celebrating the 99 anniversary of the birthday of Brigham Young.  Services were held in the Tabernacle and some exercises were had also at Saltair.  Brigham Young offered Prayer at the Tabernacle.  David McKenzie & Gov. Heber M. Wells also spoke.

At the Lake Joshua Paul and Thomas Fitch spoke in euligy of the great dead.  I closed with Prayer.

I attended during the Morning hour the commencement exercises of the Washington District school.  My daughter Nancy Claribel graduated today.  I wrote to Prest. E. H. Nye and to my wife Sarah F. at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

[Saturday, June 2, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I wrote to Sarah F. Smith and mailed ten dollars in it.  I wrote to Heber J. Sears and sent ten dollars to Sarah, he to deliver it to her.

[Monday, June 4, 1900 – Ephraim, Utah] We stoped overnight with John Petersen.

We [John Henry and Anthon H. Lund] called upon a number of people, among them Prest. Canute Peterson.

I had a peculiar dream this morning.  I dreamed that I was standing in front of some building where some kind of a meeting was being held.  A tall dark complexioned man Picked my pocket, taking my watch.  I captured him and gave him a very severe choking and recovered what he had taken.

We returned to our home in the city and found all well.

[Wednesday, June 6, 1900 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Lorenzo Snow is quite sick with Sciatica.  I had an interview with Judge G. W. Bartch and G. Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith over the Political situation.

Wm. C. Closse was blest and set apart for a business trip to Germany.  I was mouth.  I ordained the following named brethren Seventies and set them apart for missions, all but Thomas Bryant Parker who was a High Priest:  Parley Pratt Petersen, Orion Anson Follet, Barnard Wm. Liddell, and Robert James Evans.  We blest six of our sisters going to various places on visits.  I also administered to two sick sisters.

I paid to Heber J. Grant to be paid on interest $35.00.

[Friday, June 8, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I met H. J. Grant, John W. Taylor, William Salmon, and Andrew Smith and We had a talk with Brigham Y. Hampton over his efforts to get some lewd non-Mormons arrested for a check to the prosecutions of our brethren.  He said the selectmen of the County hired him as a detective and did not pay him.

[p.458]I and my sons put up some fence.  I had a short visit with President Lorenzo Snow, he in bad health.

[Saturday, June 9, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I met with the Executive Committee of the Coop. W. & M. Co. and talked over business.  I had an Interview with Geo. Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith, H. J. Grant and John W. Taylor over the Hampton matter.

[Monday, June 11, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I spent the forenoon in working in my garden.

I attended the officers meeting of the Y. M. M. I. A. at 2 p.m.  The board of Directors met at 4 p.m. and discussed at some length the price of the Era.  It was decided to leave it at 2 dollars a year.

[Tuesday, June 12, 1900 – Salt Lake City] Officers [of Y. M. M. I. A.] meeting in the Templeton building at 10 a.m.

Profs. George H. Brimhall and Bryant S. Hinckley on Classwork and how to hold your students.  Guy Wilson on grading.  Joseph F. Smith and others on the same subject.  It was decided to grade.  The brethren were advised against joining secret societies.

During the evening a grand reception was held at the McCune Mansion.  It was a splendid affair. I took Josephine.

[Thursday, June 14, 1900 – Salt Lake City] My son Nicholas G. is going to San Pete Co. to work at a saw mill for Bro. Wm. Cheney.  I blest him and ordained him an Elder.  He is a good young man.

Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley and Reed Smoot met at the Temple at 10 a.m.  We decided to go and meet with the Scandinavians in their jubalee.  Fifty years ago today Erastus Snow introduced the gospel into Scandanavia.

At 11:30 a.m. Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, and Reed Smoot, with Secretary Geo. Gibbs in Council.  The case of Brigham Y. Hampton was talked.  I was appointed a committee of one to adjust the matter.  He is to have $3,600.00 in full for all of his demands.

[Saturday, June 16, 1900 – Ogden and Salt Lake City] I went to Ogden this morning to see William Glasmann but I failed to find him.

I met my wife, Sarah [returned from Chicago trip] and came home with her.  She is looking well.

[p.459][Monday, June 18, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I was in the Hay field all day with my sons Winslow and Nathaniel.  It was very hot.  i bot a horse of James Devine and paid $75.00 for him.

[Wednesday, June 20, 1900 – Salt Lake City] My son Nicholas G. is 19 years old today.  He is at a saw mill near Fairview.  I wrote to him.  I drove my new horse some.

[Went to oregon for conference, returned Jun 28, and took a train for Colorado on July 4.]

[Saturday, July 7, 1900 – Manassa, Colorado] The stock holders of the Mexican C. & A. Co. met and received reports and Elected a board of Directors consisting of Myself, A. W. Ivins, A. R. Smith, A. F. McDonald, R. P. Helm, Thos. Crowther, and L. M. Petersen.  I was made President and A. W. Ivins Vice President, S. S. Smith and Henry Eyring secretaries, and L. M. Petersen Treasurer.  We paid each Director for services up to date $3.00 each, also the Treasurer and S. S. Smith five dollars for work as secretary.

[Wednesday, July 11, 1900 – Salt Lake City] At 9:30 a.m. all of the apostles but Heber J. Grant and John W. Taylor met in council.  On motin of Brigham Young it was agreed to recommend to Prest. Lorenzo Snow to allow J. H. Ward $50.00 per month to help him on his paper.

2 p.m. Rudger Clawson and Reed Smoot spoke.  Marriner W. Merrill related a dream of Bro. samuel Roskelly about a large Nephite guarding the entrance to the Logan Temple when a body of U. S. Marshalls were talking of entering there during the Crusade.

Abraham O. Woodruff related a story told by his father of the Prophet Joseph Smith taking a flint arrow spike out of the back bone of a large skeleton fouond by Zion’s Camp on their trip.

[Thursday, July 12, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I called upon U. S. Senator Geo. L. Shoup at the Knutsford hotel.  We had a pleasant visit.

[Thursday, July 19, 1900 – Salt Lake City] George Q. Cannon and Jos. F. Smith of the Presidency, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson & Reed Smoot of the Apostles met in council in the Temple.  H. J. Grant made a report of his trip to the south and also stated that he was fearfull for the Cluff expedition to the South Land and recommended [p.460]some steps be taken to prevent a disaster.  I endorsed doing something at once.  It was left to the Presidency to act.10

[Friday, July 20, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I spent three hours working in the garden.

The question of the joint will payment between the B. Y. Trust Co. and the Coop W. & M. Co. was heard before Judge LeGrand Young at this office this afternoon.

[Sunday, July 22, 1900 – Salt Lake City] At 5 p.m. Sarah and I attended the services of laying the corner stone of the Mary Magdalene Cathedral.  Arch Bishop Riordan spoke.  Bp. Scanlan and other Priests sprinkled the foundations with holy water and chanted in Latin.  A large crowd of people had assembled.  The costumes of the Priests was quite amusing to me.

[Tuesday, July 24, 1900 – Salt Lake City] The Brigham Young or Pioneer Monument was unvailed by a great granddaughter of Brigham Young, Margaret Young, daughter of Major Wilford Young.  Geo. Q. Cannon, Jas. T. Hammond and the sculptor C. E. Dallin spoke.

[Monday, July 30, 1900 – Salt Lake City] It is very hot.  I was at the offices of the Groesbeck Co.  I called upon M. C. Smith at the County Jail.  He is there for issuing a check when he had no funds in the bank.  I watered my garden.

[Monday, Aug. 6, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I signed a lot of checks for the Groesbeck Co.  I sold 29 Tickets for the Republican day.

[Thursday, Aug. 9, 1900 – Salt Lake City] The following named brethren met in the Apostle room in the Temple at 11 a.m.:  Prest. Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, Apostles Francis M. [p.461]Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Anthon H. Lund, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson & Reed Smoot & Geo. F. Gibbs, secretary.

A letter from Prest. Jos. F. Smith in Mexico was read.  He had [to] disband Cluff expedition.

A. H. Lund and I am to make an effort to adjust a water trouble in Emery Co.

[Sunday, Aug. 12, 1900 – Afton, Wyoming] At 11 a.m. the stake conference convened, president George Osmond presiding.

Prest. C. D. Fjeldsted spoke for one hour on the rights of the Priesthood in Politics.  Moses the Phrophet and Christ took part in those matters, he said.

2 p.m. I spoke for over an hour on the observance of the sabath day.

[Friday, Aug. 17, 1900 – Salt Lake City] A couple of Protestant Ministers called upon President Lorenzo Snow and talked over the situation at Saltair, as to the selling of Liquor and chance games.  Presidents Joseph F. Smith and Seymour B. Young having returned from Mexico, made a report as to the Cluff Expedition.  Part of them will return home and part will continue the journey.

[Sunday, Aug. 19, 1900 – Castle Dale and Orangeville, Emery County] We drove ten miles to Castledale and put up at Bp. John Y. Jensen’s.  We attended Sunday School and meeting and spoke to the people.  We had the brethren together and they selected nine of the brethren to represent them in the water matter.

We drove to Orangeville and put up at the home of Bp. Jasper Robinson.  We held meeting.  All four of us spoke.  The brethren met and selected ten to represent them.

[Monday, Aug. 20, 1900 – Castle Dale and Price] We drove to Castledale and held our meeting bearing on the Water troubles.  It was agreed to Arbitrate and the parties in issue selected Myself, A. H. Lund, and Ruben G. Miller as arbitrators and to recommend our appointment to the judge.  We drove to Price.

[Friday, Aug. 24, 1900 – Salt Lake City] It has given us a copious rainfall.  All nature seems glad.

[Thursday, Aug. 30, 1900 – Salt Lake City] My son George A. and I went up City Creek Canyon to its head, and crossed the mountain into Hardscrable to look at a peace of land to [p.462]make a summer home on.  We returned in the evening.  I attended the Republican primary.

[Friday, Aug. 31, 1900 – Salt Lake City] Twenty elders were set apart for Missions today at the Annex of the Temple by myself, Rudger Clawson, Seymour B. Young and J. Golden Kimball.

I ordained as Seventies and set apart for Missions Walter J. Kelley, Wm. F. Fisher Jr., Martin P. Henderson, Martin L. Lee and Ebenezer A. child.

My son Nicholas G. returned from working at a sawmill in San Pete Co. for the past 2 months and a half.  Josephine and I drove up to the cave spring in City Creek Canyon.

I was at the office of the Groesbeck Co. for a time during the evening.  My brother C. W. Smith had made an arrest of a drunken rowdy and had him fined.

My son Ezra Chase’s wife gave birth to a daughter at 2 a.m. today.

[Sunday, Sept. 2, 1900 – Salt Lake City] My daughter Lucy is still quite bad.  We took her to the Holy Cross Hospital where Dr. J. S. Richards performed an operation for apendicitis.  She was in a very bad condition.

[Tuesday, Sept. 4, 1900 – Salt Lake City] My daughter had a very bad night.  I was busy about the City most of the day.

My daughter Lucy don’t seem to be doing well.  My son Nicholas G. got his endowments today.

[Thursday, Sept. 6, 1900 – Salt Lake City] My daughter Lucy is very bad today.  Another operation had to be performed which leaves her in a most critical condition.  I spent the day and night in the Hospital.

[Friday, Sept. 7, 1900 – Salt Lake City] We had a most trying day.  Lucy is very low.  At 4 p.m. she called us to her bedside and said she was going to die and asked us all to kiss her.  We did so and then she sent her love to all her brothers and sisters and young friends.  At 5:37 p.m. she breathed her last.

[p.463]Bro. Joseph E. Taylor took her to his undertaking establishment and embalmed her.  We had her home at 10 p.m.

[Saturday, Sept. 8, 1900 – Salt Lake City] Wm. H. Williams and Nicholas G. Smith sat up at our house during the night.  I ordered the casket and the grave dug.  Our Kindred came in and made her clothes.

[Sunday, Sept. 9, 1900 – Salt Lake City] Our friends came in and took a look at our dead child.

At 12 noon we held our funeral at the 17th ward meeting house, Bp. Walton J. Beatty presiding.

Singing.  Prayer by Lorin Farr.  Singing.

Joseph A. West, Elias S. Woodruff, Matthias F. Cowley, Heber J. Grant, A. H. Lund, Brigham Young, and Joseph F. Smith were the speakers.

Singing by Choir.  Benediction by Rudger Clawson.  The attendance was large.  Bp. W. J. Beatty dedicated the grave.  Our friends covered the grave with flowers.

[Monday, Sept. 10, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day about home.  My wife Jose[p]hine is bearing her burden with reasonable fortitude.

[Tuesday, Sept. 11, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I was reading and writing at home.  I spent a litle time at the President’s office.  I was at the Republican cacus or Precinct meeting tonight.  I was made a delegate to the Convention at the Primary last night.

[Wednesday, Sept. 12, 1900 – Salt Lake City] Directors of the Home Fire Insurance Co. met at 4 p.m.  The Y. M. M. I. A. board met at 5 p.m.  I had dinner at my sister Clarissa Williams with Three of my father’s wives and both of my [wives].

In the evening I listened to speaches in regard to Republican policy by Mrs. J. Ellen Foster, Mr. Hallowell and U. S. Senator Fairbanks.

[Sunday, Sept. 16, 1900 – Salt Lake City] My family are gaining strength in bearing the loss of our daughter.

[Monday, Sept. 17, 1900 – Salt Lake City] In company with C. D. Felt, O. J. Salisbury & Robert Harkness, I went through an agreement to let Don Porter have a new lease on the Kenyon Hotel.

It is quite cold.  I received a letter from S. S. Smith, Jr. from Ohio condoling with Josephine and me.  I received a letter of Invitation to go and meet Gov. Roosevelt at Pocatello, sent by E. H. Callister.  I accepted.

[p.464][Tuesday, Sept. 18, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I am 52 years old today.  My health is good and so is that of my family.

[Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1900 – Salt Lake City and Pocatello] In company with Gov. Heber M. Wells and a party of 20 Republicans we went by train to Pocatello, Idaho, where we met Gov. Theodore Roosevelt and party.  Two Political meetings were held at which the Governor spoke.  We went to bed in the sleeper Adina.

[Thursday, Sept. 20, 1900 – Logan and Brigham City] We left for Logan, Utah at 6 a.m.

At 12 noon we held a meeting in the Tabernacle.  It was well filled.  Roosevelt, Guild, and C. E. Allen spoke.  We went to Brigham City.  I dined with Gov. Roosevelt.  Gov. Roosevelt, Mr. Guild and I spoke at Brigham City.  I went on home to the city.

Aquila Nebeker has been creating a sensation by his pranks as Acting Governor.

[Friday, Sept. 21, 1900 – Salt Lake City] The reception of Gov. Theo. Roosevelt and party was fine.  About five hundred men were on horseback.  Meetings were held at Saltair and the S. L. Theatre.  Calls were made by the visiting party office of president L. Snow and at the Tabernacle.

[Saturday, Sept. 22, 1900 – Salt Lake City] President L. Snow and others had a talk with Simon Bamberger over Railway matters.

Rudger Clawson and I left for Rexburg at 10:50 p.m.

[Tuesday, Sept. 25, 1900 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Groesbeck Co. met at 4 p.m. and agreed upon a new lease to be made to Don H. Porter.

[Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1900 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Sugar Co. met at 10 a.m. and declaired the usual dividend.

I signed the leases with Don H. Porter and wife today to the Kenyon Hotel.  I paid L. W. Snow $10.00 on account.

[Thursday, Sept. 27, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I borrowed of O. J. Salisbury today $600.00 and paid it on interest at the Deseret Savings Bank.

[p.465][Friday, Sept. 28, 1900 – Salt Lake City] On Wednesday the 26th I blest my granddaughter, the daughter of my son Ezra Chase, who was born August 31st.  We named her Lucile.

I was about home most of the day.  In the evening Sarah and I had a visit at Mrs. Dr. Davis with a nice company of people.

[Saturday, Sept. 29, 1900 – Salt Lake City] My wife Sarah is quite poorly today.

I went to the Holy Cross Hospital and Administered to Adelbert Cazair and Miss Ruby Brown.  I called at the home of Dr. John R. Park, who I found dying.

[Monday, Oct. 1, 1900 – Salt Lake City] The day was spent in looking after my own affairs.  In the evening I was at home.  I had a talk over political matters today with Prest. Lorenzo Snow and found him in earnest over the election of the Republican party.

[Tuesday, Oct. 2, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I went to Bountiful, Davis Co. and made a Political speach.  U. S. Marshall Glen Miller also spoke.  My wife Sarah went with me.

[Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1900 – Salt Lake City] The funeral of John R. Park, supt. of public schools, was held in the Assembly [Hall] at 11 a.m.  All of the 12 but 2 were present.  Bp. Orson F. Whitney presided.  Prest. Jos. T. Kingsbury, U. S. Senator Joseph L. Rawlins, James Sharp, Gov. Heber M. Wells, Bp. Orson F. Whitney and Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon spoke in glowing terms of the life and labors of the Dead man.  The Quartet sang Not dead but sleepeth.

[Thursday, Oct. 4, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I paid Joseph E. Taylor on account of Lucy’s funeral $40.00.

The Apostles met at 10 a.m., all being present.

Abraham O. Woodruff reported his Big Horn mission.  Rudger Clawson on the lack of systematic work among the ward teachers.  Reed Smoot on the Word of Wisdom.

At 11 a.m. Prest. L. Snow came in, shortly after Prest. G. Q. Cannon joined us.  We Talked over the question of Round dancing.

We had the sacrament administered, Prest. Brigham Young being mouth in blessing.

Prest. Lorenzo Snow said he felt that some new labor was opening up before the Apostles.  he rejoiced in our unity.  Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon favored our opening new missionary fields and withdrawing some of Elders from the old ones.

[p.466]Prest. L. Snow spoke on the success that had come to the Church in the matter of tithing.  He said when he came into power the Church owed about four million’s dollars.

Brigham Young said himself and associates in the Apostleship were willing to go wherever sent by the presidency.  John W. Taylor said he was on hand any moment.  President L. Snow [said] Bro. Taylor would be sent to open some new field.  President Joseph F. Smith joined us.

Missouri and Louisiana were added to the Southwestern States Mission, Nebraska to the Colorado Mission.

Prest. Lorenzo Snow clossed with prayer.

All of the Twelve remained.  We agreed to meet on January 8th, 1901.  Benediction by Redger Clawson.

Myself and wife Sarah went to the Theatre.

[Friday, Oct. 5, 1900 – Salt Lake City] [ general conference] At his request, I called upon Trenner Coffin of Carson City, Nevada  at the Kenyon Hotel and talked over the political situation in his state.

[Sunday, Oct. 7, 1900 – Salt Lake City] Conference at 10 a.m.  Prayer by John Nicholsen.

Brigham Young upon sinning among the Saints.  Joseph F. Smith on Home Industry, Obedience, and the payment of tithing.

Geo. Q. Cannon on the contraction and Expansion of missions.

[Monday, Oct. 8, 1900 – Salt Lake City] A Priesthood meeting was held in the Assembly Hall.

Prest. Lorenzo Snow said if we kept the commandments of God we would be gods in eternity.  Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon said the Saints must guard against extreme partisanship in politics.  Brigham Young said get the Holy spirit and keep it.  Heber J. Grant spoke in favor of sustaining the Deseret News.  I urged the paying up of the indebtedness on the Brigham Young monument.  Ben E. Rich spoke of the condition of the Southern States Mission.  Prest. Joseph F. Smith spoke on Secret Societies.  Rudger Clawson spoke on keeping records.  John W. Taylor on how to deal with non tithe payers.  Benediction by A. H. Lund.

[Went to idaho and Wyoming for meetings in various cities, some political meetings, october 10-25.]

 [p.467][Thursday, Oct. 11, 1900 – St. Charles, Bear Lake County, Idaho] We drove over to judge J. C. Rich’s and had dinner and took a bath.  We went to Paris.  Geo. Osmond and I spoke on Politics.  Ben E. Rich went to Liberty and spoke.  We met at Montpelier about midnight.

[Wednesday, Oct. 17, 1900 – Marysvale, Bingham County, Idaho] Ben E. Rich and I drove to St. Anthony.  Went by Rail to Rigby.  Rode in a wagon to Lewisville.  We held meeting in the evening.  We went to Market Lake where I took train for Montpelier and Ben E. Rich went to Idaho Falls.

[Friday, Oct. 19, 1900 – Afton, Uinta County, Wyoming] I ordained Geo. Osmond and William W. Burton High Priests and renewed their former blessings upon them and ratified their actions and ordinations up to date.

We drove to Cottonwood and held meeting, Robt. S. Spence and I talking.  We returned to Afton.

We drove to Fairview in a snow storm and held meeting, R. S. Spence and I doing the talking.

[Monday, Oct. 22, 1900 – traveling in Wyoming] I went to Evanston, Uinta Co. Wyoming.  I put up at Chas. Kingston’s.  Congressman Frank W. Mondell, James B. Campbell and I spoke in the Opera house in the evening to a large crowd of people.

[Wednesday, Oct. 24, 1900 – Rock Springs, Wyoming] We paid a visit to the Coal Mines. It snowed today.

F. W. Mondell and I spoke to a large audience in the evening. A glee dub sang for us.

[Went on a trip to central Utah for political talks, October 16-November 6. ]

[Monday, Oct. 29, 1900 – Spanish Fork and Salem] I went to Spanish Fork. Lars O. Lawrence and Bp. Henry Gardner met me and took me to Salem, where I spoke for two hours on the political situation.

In the evening I spoke at Spanish Fork to a fair audience.

[Tuesday, Oct. 30, 1900 – Spanish Fork] I spent the night at Bp. H. Gardner’s. I restored Lars Oscar Lawrence his rights in the Priesthood, with the consent of the High Council.

I left and went to Mount Pleasant in Sanpete Co. I spoke in the evening to a large audience.

[p.468][Tuesday, Nov. 6, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I returned to Salt Lake City and voted for William M. McKinley and the whole Republican Ticket. I voted against all of the proposed Constitutional amendments.

[Wednesday, Nov. 7, 1900 – Salt Lake City] The Republican Ticket was elected almost in its entirety in state and nation.

The following telegram was sent:

President William McKinley
Washington, D.C.

With heartfelt gratitude to God, We congratulate you and our Country on your reelection. We rejoice to say that Utah is again in the Republican column.

Joseph F. Smith
John Henry Smith

[Tuesday, Nov. 13, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I borrowed $1,000.00 today of the Deseret Savings Bank. I went with Josephine to the Theatre.

[Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I paid $71.00 taxes today.

[Thursday, Nov. 15, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I paid into the hands of Heber J. Grant $1,040.50 to be paid on a joint note of Joseph F. Smith, Heber M. Wells, Rulon S. Wells, Geo. T. Odell, and Heber J. Grant and Myself. I was busy about the City. I met with the presidency and apostles.

[Saturday, Nov. 17, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I sat two hours today for Painter Taggart to make a painting of me.

Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Geo. Q. Cannon decided today that I was to attend the Irrigation Congress. Gov. Heber M. Wells sent me an appointment as a Delegate to the Irrigation Congress.

[Thursday, Nov. 22, 1900 – Chicago] Three sessions of the Congress was held today, two in the Central Music Hall and one in the Auditorium. Many Papers and speaches were read and made, and the attendance was fair.

[Friday, Nov. 23, 1900 – Chicago] The speaches were made today. I spoke 30 minutes on the subjugation [p.469]of the Desert. Several of the Papers presented were Illustrated by fine stereoptican views.

I took supper at my brother-in-law Heber J. Sears, 3749 Indiana Avenue.

[Saturday, Nov. 24, 1900 – Chicago] Upon the Invitation of Prest. Elwood Mead, I presided over the morning meeting in the Central Music Hall.

At the afternoon and evening meetings several speaches were made.

The Congress passed a Resolution to U.S. Congress, recommending them to build Reservoirs in the Arid Regions.

The Congress adjourned about 11 p.m. I believe this will prove a fruitfull gathering for the West.

[Friday, Nov. 30, 1900 – Omaha, Nebraska] I reached here at 8:05 a.m. I went by street Car to Council Bluffs, Iowa. I called upon an old gentleman 95 years of age by the name of David DeVol. He gave me some information about my birthplace. Mr. P. Coleman DeVol went with me to Carbunca, now known as George A. hollow. Into it runs Graham Avenue and to Fairmount Park. I also visited Fairview Cemetery. I hired a buggy & horse to take me about.

I returned to Omaha and rode about the City until 4:25 p.m., when I left for home. I have enjoyed this day very much in looking over the country where my people got ready for the West.

[Thursday, Dec. 6, 1900 – Salt Lake City] Josephine sold today in Block 68 a piece of Realty for $2,000.00. She paid her Tithing. I paid our Taxes to the amount of $606.95.

President Lorenzo Snow, Myself, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Rudger Clawson, and Reed Smoot met at the Temple. We had prayers. We talked over the political situation.

[Wednesday, Dec. 12, 1900 – Salt Lake City] The Board of the Y.M.M.I.A. held a long session tonight in which the question of the reduction of the price of the Improvement Era [magazine] was discused.

[Monday, Dec. 17, 1900 – Richville, Morgan County] In company with President Geo. Heiner, Wm. Rich, W. W. Francis and young Bro. Taggert we drove to Croydon Ward and the entire day was spent in trying to adjust troubles between the Bishopric and W. H. Toone. They finally agreed to forgive each other and try to work together.

We held meeting with the Saints in the evening and I spoke to them.

[p.470][Tuesday, Dec. 18, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I paid $167.70 to the Deseret Savings bank in Interest. I wrote several letters. In the evening I went to hear Nat Brigham lecture on the grand Canyon of the Colorado.

[Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1900 – Salt Lake City] I went to the Zions Savings bank and renewed my notes for over $18,335.00 and gave securities.

[Monday, Dec. 24, 1900 – Salt Lake City] My wife Sarah is quite sick. I spent most of the day about home.

[Tuesday, Dec. 25, 1900 – Salt Lake City] Samuel M. Barrett died this morning at 8:15. Our Children are having a nice Christmas. Bro. Barrett’s death has cast a gloom over the 17th ward.

[Thursday, Dec. 27, 1900 – Salt Lake City] At 11 a.m. Presidents Lorenzo Snow, Joseph F. Smith, Elders Brigham Young, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot and myself met at the President’s office. We talked the political situation. Bro. Reed Smoot made a report of his trip to Washington. We came to no understanding as to what we had better do.

[Saturday, Dec. 29, 1900 – Salt Lake City] The day was spent at the Prest. L. Snow’s office. We talked over the question of Reed Smoot being a candidate for the U.S. Senate. He determined not to run.

Prest. Lorenzo Snow, Joseph F. Smith, W. P. Preston, myself, and others agreed to have the great organ repaired at the possible cost of $12,000.00. The Groesbeck Co. declaired a 3 per cent dividend.

[Monday, Dec. 31, 1900 – Salt Lake City] Josephine hot a Carpet and Mantle piece. I bot two fur collars. I was at Josephine’s until the old year went out and the new came in. My family are all well, the Lord be praised. The day is a very cold one.

Notes:

6. King, Cannon, and McCune were three of the five original candidates for U.S. senator to be selected by the state legislature. Frank J. Cannon, the incumbent and son of George Q. Cannon, was in disfavor because of questions about his moral fitness. George Sutherland, a non-Mormon lawyer and future U.S. Supreme Court justice, could not muster a majority of votes; nor could William H. King, a lawyer and former territorial supreme court justice; Orlando W. Powers, a former federal judge; or Alfred W. McCune, a wealthy mining entrepreneur and railroad builder. Later, church leaders put their support behind another candidate, George Q. Cannon, but he was not able to gain a majority. Consequently, the legislature deadlocked and adjourned without filling the seat.

7. David H. Smith was the son of the founding Mormon prophet Joseph Smith.

8. Lorenzo Snow wanted “Second annointings to be given to faithful brethren. It is not necessary, he said, to wait until they are ready to drop into their graves” (Rudger Clawson diary, Oct. 9, 1899 Special Collections, Marriott Library).

9. In the wake of the election of 1898 there was a resurgence of anti-polygamy sentiment in the country and a movement for an anti-polygamy amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This had occurred at least partly because of the election of Brigham H. Roberts, a member of the church Quorum of Seventy and a polygamist, to the House of Representatives. Roberts was denied his scat after an intense campaign by religious groups, leaving the state with only one senator and no member of the House.

10. In April 1900 Benjamin Cluff, Jr., president of Brigham Young Academy (later University) embarked with two faculty members, some fifteen students, and a few volunteers on an overland trek to Colombia, South America, where they hoped to study supposed Book of Mormon sites and artifacts. Cluff’s polygamous relationship in Mexico, as well as the improper behavior of some students and one of the faculty members in Arizona, came to the attention of Heber J. Grant while he was in Arizona on church business. His report to the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve in July resulted in Joseph F. Smith’s being sent to Mexico to inform the group that the trip was not officially organized by the church. Subsequently, only six members of the expedition went on to Colombia, and they only remained about a week before returning home. Cluff was disciplined but remained as president of the academy for one more year. See Gary James Bergera and Ronald Priddis, Brigham Young University: A House of Faith (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1985), 10-15.