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I 12 THE WESTERN WEEKL Y
I Elder Thomas Kearns If By GEORGE WISE ' li L. D. S. Administration Building, Salt Lake City, July 11, 1928. II Having been properly passed by the sentries and guards, the rep- rescntativc of this paper was ushered into the august presence of Elder Thomas Kearns. The reporter was greeted with a hearty hand Is shake and cheery, "Glad to see you Brother." The reporter then fccl l ing quite at home in the presence of the venerable and distinguished lv churchman, said: "My paper has sent me to get an interview from MM you regarding the conditions of the various mission fields under your mm jurisdiction." At once the august, scholarly face of the apostle seemed H to beam with benedictions and blessings and he began: "I have had Hi onc of tnc happiest experiences of my life during the last three months, HI and I am thankful to say that I can report a healthy and prosperous Hi growth of the work in all the various branches, conferences and mis flf sions throughout the islands, especially in Alaska, where there has B been a pronounced accession to our ranks, there seems to be a general Hi raps -Bral'lP 3k k:w& $k& II lit raR 1otMj I It ISPtt Pi h .M mmmUlmm': BBiHIIiniHIH I1 rariraB. (HF HHHH By ihBBBBW B1- BBBBBbH Bw BBBBBBL iflHMBl h , msi UM9M9M9M9M9M9M9M9M9M9M9M9M9M9M9M9Mw H ; BBBBBllfllHH H Hon. Thomas Kearns, 1908. H spirit of spiritual awakening everywhere, and people are very anxious to become acquainted with the truth. Our meetings are exceptionally well attended by both saints and sincere investigators, and I feel to MM rejoice in the progress being made by our brethren. "I was accompanied on my entire journey through the Philip- pines and Alaska by Brothers John P. Meakin and V. S. Peet and I want to take this occasion to pay a tribute to their worth and stead- fastness. They have the interests of this people at heart and are labor- ing diligently, in spite of their years, to advance the cause of the people H of Utah. I am thankful to be home again to mingle with my brethren H and fraternize with the saints. Hi "I reached home last night and found all well and happy. I shall B; probably remain at home until after the October conference, when I H I will again continue my propaganda work out in the world." ' "My paper is particularly desirous of having you express your 1 views as to how you find conditions here now as compared with what H they were prior to your leaving for the fields abroad." "Well now, really, you have me at a disadvantage, because I have M been absent for so long a time that I am not really conversant with M actual conditions as they now prevail, but from my best observations H and careful investigation things seem to be about the same as they Hi Bw were in 1908, shortly before my conversion and appointment. Of course at that time there was some little disturbance, commotion and " confusion in the minds of many people caused chiefly by unreliable newspaper comments. At that time it will be remembered, there flour ished several daily papers here each of which was endeavoring to pos as the official organ of ou; peoph There existed more or less em barrassing differences concerning the filling of petty, temporal offices and positions, but those matters were satisfactorily adjusted when j was set apart as a member of the quorum. "One of the first things I did after my elevation and I must here state that my appointment came entirely unsolicited and un- ' sought, my friends have been kind enough to say that the worst fault I possessed, was my extreme modesty and excessive humility but, as I was saying, onc of my first official acts was to have President Smith make the Telegram the official organ of the Primary Associa- Elder Thomas Kearns, 1928. tions, and the Tribune the official organ of the Religious classes throughout the various stakes, and I will say now that the bound vol umes of those papers are now to be found in every ecclesiastical li brary throughout the church, and to every student of sacred history they are indispensable. As a reward for those trifling gifts President A Smith offered me the senatorship, to succeed let me think his name was G Sutherland, whose term expired about that time, but as I re alized fully the responsibilities of my high and exalted position, I could not conscientiously accept the offer and I declined it then as I have done a number of times since." "Yes, but how about the American Party, what became of that, did it continue to wage warfare for the purification of the home and " No, no, and for the first time during the course of the interview the venerable churchman showed slight signs of irritation "You seem entirely unfamiliar with history of twenty years ago You must remember that the conditions you speak of, regarding the defiling of the American home the tyranny and terror of the hierarchy existed chiefly, like many of the new buildings and railroads that were being constructed at that time, chiefly and almost entirely on paper and , with the removal from the field of those disturbing elementsf ?he news- papers, conditions immediately settled down to a quiet, normal condi- "But there were a number of patriots, what became of them? ti, fhi'A i i WCI? g,VrCn VariUS. Psitioils a"d temporal jobs and they then had less time for professional patriotism."