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Delegates Instructed to Use
their Best Endeavors
For NitTpr-lsnstsr Cannon t'hssen
an the First ilhlrgstp, Col. Tsnsmho
Heron (I, Aon at or Brown Third—Coa
greasmsn Allen Thomas» Rear«» of
Park City, and W. •. McCornlek
Slake up »he LU*-The Platform.
Salt Lake City, April y.-—The first re
publican convention of the state as
sembled in this city today for the pur
pose of selecting six delegates to make
nominations fot president and vice-pres
ident of the United States at the na
tional republican coavention, which will
be held at St. Louis, J
called to order by John E. Dooly, chair
of the republican state central com
16 n«xt,
mittee. *
The following delegates were chosen
respectively :
Senator Frank J. Cannon.
Colonel Isaac Trumho.
Senator Arthur Blows.
Congressman C. E. Allen.
Thomas Kearns.
W. S. McCornick.
The alternates were chosen from the
six having th« next highest number of
votes, and this honor fell upon C. C.
Goodwin, L. R. Rogers, James M.
Bolitho, Webb Green, Joseph A. Smith
and John C. Graham.
The report of the committee on reso
lutions was next in order, and Colonel
Nelson, the chairman, mounted the
stage and announced that the committee
had unanimously agreed to the follow
The representatives of the republican
party of Utah, assembled in state con
vention to name delegates to the repub
lican national convention which is to
nominate candidates for president and
vice-president of the United States,
hereby renew'their fealty to th« princi
ples on whieh the republican party was
first launched and upon which ail its
honor» have been won.
We believe in a protective tariff; we
believe in reciprocity; we believe in bi
metallism, which is the full recogni
tion .alike of gold and silver and their
free coinage in the mint» of the nation
at the ratio of 16 to 1.
We contemplate with sorrow and
shame the spectacle which our country
present» today because of the attempt
to substitute for a protective tariff a
tariff for revenue and because of the
destruction of silver as money of final
We hold that a policy which ha» filled
the land with idle men, which takes
from labor its honest
double» the burde
bountiful harvests, in a time of profound
peace, make* necessary the issuing of
interest bearing bonds in order to meet
the current expense» of the government
1» an impeachment of both the intelli
and integrity of those who con.
trol our government.
We hold that a tariff for revenue ha»
failed to restore prosperity, »0 a protec
tive tariff, as long a^ the money of the
country i* held, ounce for ounce, 100 per
rent higher than the money of the ori
ent, nnd of Spanish-America, i» impo
tent to save our farmer* and manufac
turer* against a competition which they
are helpless to meet, and we repudiate
the belief that protection without bi
metalism can restore prosperity. The
situation makes clear that bi-metalism
vard, which
>( debt, which, amid
dollars worth of
f m i 11 i
and protection
ist be accepted a* con
stituting one vital, indivisible principle,
that not
i ly the progress but the safe
ly of the industries of our
mtrv and
the toiler* wh<
make the
arrv on those industries,
eptance of this principle
imperative protection by a tariff to
r country and
d bimetali*m to
equalize tl
th**e paid abroad,
'take from gold 'ts present appreciation,
and to equalize the money of thi*
country and that of the silver standard
We cordially endorse the ^tand taken
in the national legislature by western
senators and representatives in behalf
of holding himetalism and protection
together as one.
We a*k our delegates to St. Louis to
do their utmost to secure in the national
republican platform a full acknowledge
ment of an imperative need of a return
to real himetalism and a promise of its
adoption without regard to other nations,
by opening our mints to the free coinage
of gold and silver nt a ratio of 16 to 1.
ir Tli«»ii*anii House*
ul Naiiy Left llcim-l«-**
Dent coye<t
Madrid, April 5.—A terrible fii
occurred at Manila, in the F'hillipi
lands, and hat. a population of 100,000 or,
with »he surhurhs, 160,000. It is one of
the great emporiums of the east. The
principal buildings are the cathedral,
the palaces of the gover
bishop, a beautiful tow*
churches of different re
and arch
house, ten
ligious orders,
vents, the ar
lieges of young men
several monasteries,
senal, the three
and two for \
ng women, a supreme
prison, hospital,
and commercial school, a large theatre,
a custom house and a barrack*. It has
frequently been visited by severe and
destructive earthquakes.
it> 4 'n»e.
«San Francisco, April 5. - A yeai ago to
day, the body of Blanche Lamont
•ere 1 in the belfry of Emanuel
Theodore Durrani, her
Baptist church,
convicted murderer i* in jail awaiting
patiently the decision of the supreme
court in^hi* case. Durrint expressed
confidence that he will not hang and did
not seem affected today when reminded
of the anniversary of his crime.
The Bins.
Butte, Mont., April 7.—In a conversa
tion last night John L. Sullivan, who
in the city with a theatrical company,
gave exprettion to the confidence that
hestGlhas in himself at a fighter and
said he could whip any man in the world.
regard to Corbett and Fitzsimmons, he
taid the latter would be easy game for
Corbett, and Paddy Ryaa expressed
himself in a similar rein.
There Are Women In Rontnehy Who
Neither Forgive Nor Forget.
Lexington, Kentucky, April 5.—Colo
W. C. P. Breckinridge has been
quietly practicing law here ever since
suit for damages of Madeline Pol
lard two years ago caused him to be suc
ceeded in congress by Colonel W. C.
Owens. Although Miss Pollard got a
judgment for $15,000, she has nsver
been able to get execution, or to recover
anything. Now that Colonel Brecken
ridge is canvassing the district again to
for congress this ysar, the old- move
ment of the ladies in the district is being
reorganized, and Colonel Breckinridge
will have the women against him, as he
two years ago. Then the race for
nomination »between Breckinridge
"Kentucky'* silver tongued orater"
express the fullest confidence in his
close. Now the friends
Murderer Hinerstaff Met Death
Helena, Mont., April 6th.— William
Biggerstaff this morning was hanged
here in the county jail yard for the mur
of Dick Johnson, the champion prize
fighter of Montana. Contrary to all
expectations, he met death like a man,
dying with a smile on his face. Last
night he broke.dowu considerably when
mistress, Mrs. Bowhay, was refused
admittance to the jail, and when his
wife called to bid him farewell it
then thought he would collapse entirely.
a good night's sleep built him up
he arose at 7 this morning, ate a
hearty breakfast, drank considerable
beer and whisky, and with a cigar in his
mouth, he said: "I am ready."
Promptly at 10 Sheriff Jurgens read
death warrant and told him to be*
ready In fifteen minutes. When they
came for him, he said "The jig's up" and
made jesting remarks w hile being pin
ioned in his cell. While en route to the
gallows he bade a hearty good-bye to
the prisoners as he passed the cells, and
walked with a steady gait, nodding and
smiling to those he knew *n the crowd.
Upon reaching the gallows, he said he
forgave all. The drop fell, and death
came by strangulation. He was dead in
eight and a half minutes The body
gave four convulsive twitches while
Biggerstaff was a hardened criminal.
While ii
Deliver seven year» ago he
was implicated in a murder, where a
body was hacked to pieces and sewed up
a bag. The jury acquitted him. La
ter he »hot a man and served timi, but
was pardoned.
Nay Probably Reach Doable That
London, April 6.—A dispatch to the
It is
Times from Cape Town say
known that a hundred white* have been
killed in the Matabele rising, and it is
red that the number will amount to
200. A private telegram from Buluwayo
says they have plenty of arms, ammu
nition and provisions for three months.
The Johnneaburgs are equipping a force
from Bui
ay no, but it is stated the
feeling in Rhodesia is to decline Johan
nesburg assistance.
The wires are interrupted and there is
no news of the Hon. Cecil Rhodes.
Pretoria dispatch says:
Colonel Rhodes has offered increased
hail if he might be allowed to go to
Buluwayo, but permission was refused.
The British government ha. intimated
to President Krueger that the uneasi
ness will probably last until he decides
about going to England.
The Latent Claimant.
Butte, Mont., April 3._The latest
claimant to the Davis millions is Wil
liam McCumpha, of Friendship, N. Y.
A letter was received from him today
by young Andrew J. Davis, in w hich
McC umpha says he has abundant and
positive proof that the dead millionaire
was his father-in-law*, who left his wife
in New York and came west. Davis he
said, had married Mary Westinghouse,
a sister of George Westinghouse, the
Pittsburg manufacturer. McCumpha
married a daughter of Davis. He makes
a proposition to young Mr. Davis to set
tle the claim out of court,
where she will be safe in the protection
of her family."
Mr. Brooks further said that a large
sum had been offered Miss Reddei
drop the matter and allow it to die out,
but neither the young lady nor her at
torneys would consider such a proposi
Miss Redden stated before leaving for
her home that her relation* and en
not known
a* in
Ledford'* employ, and the first she
married man wa*
when her father returned home and
spoke of Ledford and his wife not living
happily together.
gagement to Ledford
to her father, when the latter
A young girl in Ontario was outraged
by six negroes.
A photograph of Mont Blanc has been
taken at a distance of fifty-*ix
It is not necessary t have a daggei
in the hand .10 show tit at there is mur
der in the heart.
House Adopts Conference Re
port on Cuban Resolutions.
Twenty-«even Nay »-Right een
publicans and Mine Dsmotrats-Cn
kan <|nont4on Disposed sf fbr the
Prssent, Bnt the People Will Anx
iously A wait the Action of the Ki.
eontlve — Rivers and
Horboi •—A
•SSO.O«Q Building for Balt Lsks.
Washington, April 6.—The house to
day adopted the conference report
the Cuban resolutions by a vote of 144
to 27, and passed the river and harbor
appropriations bill under suspension of
the rules, after a lively debate of forty
minutes, by a vote of si6 to 40.
The report on the Cuban resolutions
had been debated Friday and Saturday
and the vote today was taken immedi
ately after the reading of the journal.
Eighteen republicans and nine demo
crats voted against I he report.
After the most determined opposition
to recognition of the insurgents in the
senate and house, there were but ten
more votes against the report than
against the original resolutions. The
former vote was »62 to 17. By its
tion today the house agreed to the
ate resolutions and disposed of the Cu
ban question for the present. Those
resolutions were as follows:
"Resolved, That in the opinion of
congress a condition of public war
ists between the government of Spain
and thegovernment proclaimed and for
some time maintained by the force of
arms by the people of Cuba; and that
the people of the United States of Amer
ica should maintain a strict neutrality
between the contending powers, accord
ing to each and all the rights of bel
ligerents in the ports and territory of
the United States.
"Resolved, further, That the friendly
offices of the United States should be
offered by the president to the Spanish
government for the recognition of the
independence of Cuba."
The river and harbor bill passed to
day carries in actual appropriations of
$10.330*560 and authorizes contracts for
thirty-two new projects, with a limit of
cost of $51,720,210.
Only forty minutes debate was allowed.
Mr. Hooker, chairman of the river and
harbor committee, attempted to Secure
an extension of this time, but first Mr.
Maguire, ( Dem., Cal.,) and then Mr.
Grosvenor, (Rep., Ohio) objected. The
debate was very spirited. Mr. Dockery,
(Dem., Mo.,) attacked the recklessness
with which it was proposed to extend
the "continuingcontract" system on the
bill—a natural result he claimed, of the
policy of giving the government's prom
ise to pay instead of paying cash. He
admitted, however, the great economy
of the contract system, which Mr. Bur
ton (Rep., Ohio,) had stated from official
reports to be 30 per cent. Mr. Hepburn
(Rep., Iowa,) also made a vigorous as
sault on the bill. He devoted himself
particularly to the Mississippi river com
mittee, the work of which he denounced.
This brought forth a reply from Mr.
Catching», the former chairman of the
rivers and harbors, and a defense of the
measure from Mr. Hooker (Rep., N. Y.),
the present chairman. When the vote
was finally taken the majority in favor
of it was so overwhelming that its op
ponents were unable to secure the ayes
and nays.
Before the house adjourned, the New
Mexican bond bill was defeated, and the
bill to open the Atsinihoine military res
ervation was j assed.
The senate spent the entire day on the
appropriation bill, but did not complete
it. The bill served to bring out some
sharp criticisms by Senator Gorman on
the administration of the postoffice de
partment and by Senator Allen
leged irregularities resulting from the
civil service system. Mr. Allen re
peated sensational charges as to large
money contributions said to have been
made in the interest or Mr. Cleveland
and Mr. Harrison. The charge that Mr.
Wannamaker contributed $400,000 to
ward Mr. Harrison's election led to an
emphatic denial from Mr. Hawley, who
alluded to the presidentas "his majesty"
and as
The full committee of the house com
mittee on public lands and buildings has
adopted the report of the sub committee
in favor of the Salt Lake public build
ing and an appropriation of $350,000.
An effort is being made to gel the bill
favorably reported to the house, but In
view of the policy of the chairman of
the committee to keep down bills carry
ing appropriations,
admits is the order of the speaker, it is
doubtful if the bill gets through. Its
advocates, however, are doing all in
their powor to push it to a favorable re
port and a place on the calendar.
the "chief
lugwump" of the
hich he himself
Fits* Flection at Pocatello.
Pocatello, Ida., April 7.—The city
election passed off quietly today and
wa* hotly contested, a full vote being
brought out. The race for mayor was
close. W. F. Kasiska, the present in
cumbent, defeated D. W. Church, re
publican candidate, by 67 majority. Hill,
for clerk, received a majority of 136
over Pond; Smith, for treasurer, 72
jority over Cleveland, and Roeder wa*
elected city engineer by a majority of
Hoover Sonnenkalb. The democrat*
elected a councilman from each of the
four wards, which completed the elec
tion of their entire ticket. The election
wa* eo»tested on A. P. A. line*, and was
the most bitter for years. On a straight
party vole, Pocatello Ir republican by
100 vote*.
Everyone makes the fatal blunder of
telling their secrets to those who tell
their secrets.
Mew Rotary Power Blower.
Park City, April 5.—The
power blower ordered for the Daly mine
from the P. H. and M. H. Roots com
pany of Connersville, Ind , arrived this
wees and will be taken to Wo. 2 Daly
shaft just as soon as the roads will per
mit. It will be put in the new works
and will be operateu by steam. When
adjusted it will serve the dual purpose
of sucker and blower that will supply
the different drifts in the lower work
ings with fresh air and absorb the hail.
The arrival of this engine is a matter of
gratification to Mr. James P. Quinn, the
foreman of the Dalv mine. Work will
be carried on without interruption
and good progress will thereby be made.
shift was put on in the sinking of the
new shaft yesterday.
:w rotary
Re»*»teneed to Hang.
Boise, Ida., March 30—Judge Richards
today sentenced James A. Ellington to
hang May 27th for the murder of C. A.
Briggs. The tragedy occurred in De
cember, 1894. Ellington was convicted
the next term of court and sentenced
hang May 27th last. An appeal to
the supreme court acted as a stay of ex
ecution. The supreme court, decided
against him and he will now have to
swing, unless the pardon board inter
feres, w hich does not seem likely.
Hivers and Harbors.
Washington, April 4.—The river and
harbor bill was finished today by the
house committee, which has been work
ing on it most of the session. The total
amount carried by the bill is a few
thousand less than ten millions, or about
million below the bill of last congress
There are also provisions for contract
works to the amount of fifty millions.
Among the appropriations are the fol
lowing: California—Oakland, $100,000:
San Diego, $40,000; San Luis Obispo,
$32,000; Wilmington, $50,000.
Oregon — Yauquina Bay contracts,
$1,000,000; continuing $25,000; Coos Bay
entrance, $95,000; dredging, $14,390;
Port Orchard at Grave Yard Point,
$203,000 authorized and the balance on
appropriation for harbor; refuge on the
Pacific coast to be used at this point;
Tillamook hay and bar, $17,000.
Washington—Gray's harbor
entrance contract» $990,000; continuing
$10,000; Olympia, $36,000 and survey
Deschute» river, Everett $20,000.
At one time the
tion for contracts for San Pedro and San
Monica Harbors, Cal.
made by the representati
rival points was so bitter that their al
lowances were stricken from the bill.
id bar
was an authorize
but the fight
of those
Cleveland Signs the Resolution
Restoring Church Property
'<'«*«* Will Moon be DI»mi»Hrd—It Will
lie Remanded to the (Mate Fonrt-
River and Harber Rill ha»« no F.fTeet
Utah. Slut Our Idaho Neighbor
Receive» Attention.
Washington, April 3.—The joint reso
lution restoring the Mormon church
property, having received executive ap
proval and become a law, the United
States supreme court will remand to
the state court the case no v before it
concerning the property, and it is ex
pected the case will be dismissed.
The river and harbor bill reported te
the house today makes no provision for
Utah, but appropriates $25,000 for the
Clearwater (Idaho) and $5,000 for the
Kootenai river (Idaho) between Bon
ner's Ferry and the international bound
ary line.
4 'ON 1 Nt» HONK.
NImh Klizubetl. Redden Leave* Untie
for Wall Lake City.
Bulte, April 3 -—Mi»» Redden, the
young lady who brought the sensational
damage suit for $15,000 against William
L. Ledford yesterday, left
o'clock train tl 1 i> afternoon for her home
in Salt Lake city. Attorney Francis
Brooks, of counsel for Miss Redden, said
the young lady was subjected to such
constant annoyance that it wa
ble for her to get a moment's peace of
••Several snide detectives," said Mr.
Brooks, "have been hounding her
stantly since her mUwio
know n after her arrival in Butte, two
the sleuths going so far as to take
room near Mis> Redden's, so as to keep
track of her every movement. We ap
prehend no harm from this beyond the
annoyance caused the young lady, but
avoid any schemes the enemy may
concocting, we have sent her home,
WiitMiut Äuf »«faction.
Akron, O., April 5.— Ira Stillson, tht
hired man of Alvin N. Stone, who wa»
assaulted by the same person and whe
killed Stone and his wife a
last night, died thi?- afternoon. He wa*
never able to give a clep.r account of the
tragedy, saying duiing the brief inter
val* that he was conscious that he re
niembered nothing of the assault upon
eek ago
Foi- 4'ounlerl'eîlili»*.
Louisville, April 5.—-Scott Wheeler,
young man wh
.St. Louis, was arrested tonight for c
terfeiting. A complete outfit w as foui
in hi* room. The police believe Whe
er is a member of a g mg of counterfi
er» raided in Cincinnati not long ago.
recentiy arrived fro
The -steamship Bermuda has bee
held by the Hondut
It was Submitted at General
Conference on Monday.
oscm Thatcher*« Name Mol .%t ached
to the Document—He Refuses to Sign
It—Although Dangerously III, He
(State* Ills Reaoons Plainly-C
sideredThat It W
Mtultéflcat Ion.
ild ho on Act of
To the Officers und Member* of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In
General Conference Assembled:
Salt Lake City, April 5. — Dear Breth
ren and Sisters: Every Latter-day
Saint will recognize the value of union,
not only in action, but in matters of
faith and discipline. As to the rights
and authority of the priesthood of the
Son of God, it Is of the highest impor
tance that there should be no differei
of opinion among the officers and mem
bers of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints. Feeling the necessity
iderstanding of this prl"
of a correct
ciple, we deem it proper at this sixty
sixth anniversary of the organization of
the church in these last days, to prepare
the subject,
vhich has al
and present a statement
embodying the doctrine
ways prevailed in the church, and our
views upon it. We are prompted to adopt
this course at the present time, because
of events which have happened during
the late political contest. A great di
versity of opinion on the subject has
been expressed, and even by leading el
ders in the church, which latter fact has
naturally led in some instances to c<
siderable division of sentiment.
It is of great importance that we un
derstand each other, and that there be
harmony in our teachings. It is especial
ly important that these teachings shall
be in accordance with the rule» and reg
ulations and doctrines ' hich have been
taught and which have prevailed from
the beginning until the present time,
having not only the sanction of undis
puted usage, but the approval of all
faithful leaders In the church and of
vhose name and by whose nu-,
Hi 1
thoritv they act.
In the late exciting contest, to which
reference ha» been made, the presiding
authorities in some instance» have been
In othi
have been misrepresented, which
as led to a wrongful conception of
1 view». It has been asserted
without foundation, that
a disposition on their
with individual liberty
too freely, and v
there ha» .been
part to interfere
and to rebuke iu some
other». In a
ras applauded 1
word, that they have appeared to desUe
njust and
to assert and maint ai
oppressive* control ever the
the members of the chur
doing have endeavored t
of church and state.
actions of
h, and in th
effect a unièn
In the heat of
ertions have been
political discussion, as
made and arguments
the public mind a false idea concerning
the position of the office
d leaving the impression that thi*
/a» now being made î
ed conveying to
f »he church

has been and
attempt to accomplish the union above
referred to.
Now that the excitement
calmer reason has
has passed, and
resumed it* sway
to set forth, so that all m iv understand
, we think it prudent
the exact position occupied by the lead
authorities of the church.
In the first place we wish to state i.>
the most positive and emphatic language
that at no time has the
er been any
the part of
eferred to to
even desire
the leading authorities
have the church in
any manner en
roach upon the rights of the »tale, or
he functions of
to unite in any degree
rith those of the Other.
circumstances have s
the one
ded the people of Utah For many
majority of them in every por
tion of the territory belonged t<
ears a
lembër of
which «
va* entitled to hold and did hold
Is is easy to
il observer, it might
many cjflker*
as in fijict the
ecclesiastical office.
ee how, to the cas
ppear slngub
>f the
of the ch
vhiL* this
statt* ; but
case, the distinction between ch
sta'e throughout those years
fully maintained.
■as care
The president for
held the highest civil office
eight year:
in the com
ed bv the national administration go.
nity, having been appoint
The rirht secre
if the territory
tary of the territory was a prominent
ch official. An apostle represented
th^terdtory in congres- as a delegate
-Re« ö®«" *■' !h
* »or the
1 were elected by the
S« W(* îi.iVi
during te.
church —
vote's o®
stated every reputable ma
in 1 |u entire
held some church position,
th«- most energetic and capable holding
com 1
This is all natural
leading position.
anJ plain enough to those who consider
the circumstances, but it furrjished op
portunity for those
to ass
charge them
church and state. A fair i
of the conditions will aim
ho were! disposed
il the people o. the territory to
dth atie
liant I \ du
prove th charge and -ho
On behalf of the church of which we
are leading officials, we desinf again to
state to the members and ajlso to ihe
blit generally, that thereby*» not been,
is there the remotest desire on our
or on the part of our co-religionists
to do anything looking t«> a
church and state.
We declare that there has. never been
ipt to curtail idnividual liberty
i v attei
the perso
al liberty of anj of the offi
f the church.
cei s
iir-> presidency did make certain sug
I the division
gestions to the people
party lines took place,
ment was an entirely new departure,
and it was necessary in o 1%
full benefit should not be loi
' that the
rhlch was
hop(»d to result from this n<
division, that people who were inexpe
rienced should be warned against hasty
and ill considered action. In some case«
they were councüled to be wise and
prujl nt in the political steps they
about to take, and this with no idea of
winning them against their will to eith
cr slide. To this extent and no further,
wan anything said or done upon this
question and at no time and under no
circumstances was any attempt made to
say to voters how they shall cast their
ballots. Any change that has been mad«
to t|he contrary is utterly false.
Concerning officers of the church
themselves, the feeling was gesierally
expressed In the beginning of the po
lititical division spoken of that it would
be prudent for leading men not to ac
cept of office at the hands of the politi
cal party to which they might belong.
Tills counsel was given to men of both
parties alike—not because it was thought
thgt there was any propriety in religious
men holding civil office, nor to deprive
them of any of the rights of citizenship,
hilt because of the feeling that it would
be better under all the circumstances
which had arisen to avoid any action
that would be likely to create jealousy
and ill feeling. An era of peace and
good will seemed to be dawning upon
the people, and it was deemed good to
•Kun everything that could have the
least tendency to prevent the consumma
tion of this happy prospect. In many
cases, however, the pressure brought
to bear upon efficient and popular men by
the members of the party to which they
belonged was of such a character that
(hey had to yield to the »elicitations to
accept nomination to office or subject
to the suspicion of bad faith
in their party affiliations. In some cases
they did this without consulting the au
thorities of the church; but where Im
portant positions were held, and where
the duties were of a responsible char
acter, some did seek the counsel and ad
vice of the church authorities before ac
cepting the political honors tendered
them. Because some others did not
seek this counsel and advice, ill-feeling
was engendered and undue and painful
sensitiveness was stimulated; misunder
standing readily followed, and as a re
sult the authorities of the church
wereaccuzed of bad faith and made
the subject of Hitter reproach. We
have maintained that in the case
of men who hold high positions
the church, whose duties
well defined, and whose ecclesiastical
labors are understood to be continuous
and necessary, it would be an improper
thing to accept political office or enter
into any vocation that would distract Hr
remove them from the religious dullitt
resting upon them, without first JOtl
suiting and obtaining the approval of
their associates and those who preside
over them. It has been understood fron»
the very beginning of the church that
officer whose duties are of the charactifri
referred to, has the right to engage ii||
any pursuit, political or otherwise, that
will divide his time and remove his at
tention from the calling already accept
ed It has been the cons ant practice
with officers of the church to consult—
r to use our language, "counsel'*—with
their brethren concerning all question»
of this kind. They have not felt that
they were sacrificing their manhood in
doing, nor that they were submitting
to improper dictation, nor that in solic
iting and acting upon the advice of those
over them they were in any manner
doing away with their individual rights
and agency, nor that to any improper
degree were their rights and duties a»
American citizens being abridged or in
terfered with. They realized that In ac
cepting .ecclesiastical office they as
sumed certain obligations; that among
these was the obligation to magnify the
office which they held, to attend to its
duties in preference to every other labor
and to devote themselves exclusively to
it with all the zeal, industry and strength
they possessed, unless released in part
or for a time by those who preside over
them Our view, and it has been the
view of all our predecessors, is that no
officer of our church, erpecially those in
high standing, should lake a course to
violate this long-established practice.
Rather than disobey it, and declare him
self by his actions defiantly independent
of hin associates and hi* file leader*, it
has always been held that it would be
better for a man to resign the duties of
hi* priesthood; and we entertain the
view today.
In view ol all the occurrences to
which reference has been made, and
to the diversity of views that have
arisen among the people in consequence
we feel it to be our duty to clearly de
fj ne our position, so Jh£p»jn$y JjfcH
npuit dispute,.**
r4,«r«y up«n the subjee'
Tlrst—We unanimously ijrtl to a
pro mulgate a* a rufe that should al
ways be observed in the church and by
every leading official thereof, that
before accepting any position, political
or otherwise, which would interfere
with the proper and complete dis
charge of his ecclesiastical duties,
before accepting a nomination or enter
ing into engagements to perform new
duties, said official should apply to the
proper authorities and learn from
whether he
ly with the obligations already entered
into with the church upon
office, take upon himself the added du
ties and labor* and responsibilities of the
new position. To maintain proper dis
cipline and order in the church,
deem this absolutely necessary; and
;.ning his
asserting this rule, we do not consider
that we are infringing in the least
gree upon the individual rights of
citizen. Our position is that a man hav
ing accepted the honors and obliga
tions of ecclesiastical office in the church
cannot properly, of his own volition,
make those honors subordinate to
»-ordinate with new ones of
entirely different character; we hold
that unless he is willing to counsel with
and obtain the consent of his fellow
laborer« »n' d pre ,|dln* officer» ta
priesthoQe be should be relcaMd tram
all obligation, associated with the totter
befort accepting an/ new posltloa.
Second—We declare that in making
theae requirement«of ourselves, end nnr
brethren In the «sinlatry, we de not In
the leaat desire to dictate to them coe
eerning their dutlea as American citi
aens, or to Inieriere with the affaire of
the state ; neither do we consider that In
the remotest degree we are seeking the
union of church and state. We once
more here repudiate the Insinuation that
there Is or ever has been an attempt by
our leading men to trespaee upon the
ground occupied by the state, or that
there has been or is the wish to curtail
In any maaaer any of its functions.
Your brethren,
Wilvord Woodruff,
Gao. Q. Cannon,
Jos F. Smith,
First Presidency.
Lorenzo Snow,
F. D. Richards,
Brigham Young,
Francis M. Lyman,
John Hsnry Smith,
Gkorgh Tkasdalb,
Marrinbr W. Merrill,
Abraham H. Cannon,
r T.
John Smith,
Seymour B. Young,
C. D. Fjei.dsted,
B. H. Roberts,
George Reynolds,
Jonathan G. Kimball,
Rulon S. VytLLS,
Edward Stevenson,
First Council of Seventies.
Wm. B. Preston,
R. T. Burton,
John R. Winder,
Presiding Bishopric.
Note —The reason tl»« signature of
Apostle Anton H. Lund does not ap
pear in connection with those of his
quorum is because he is absent, presid
ing over the European mission. He,
however, will be given the opportunity
ef appending his signature when he
returns home.
"Statement of Moses Thatcher, Salt
Lake City, April 6, 1896.
"At about it o'clock thïs morning two
of the quorum of the Twelve called on
me and presented a document of several
pages for my consideration, wishing me
to sign it immediately so that they could
take it away with them. On my re
quest for more time to consider the
matter they agreed to leave it with me
uatil i :3o p. m., at which time I re
turned the document with the following
April 6, l8#6.
"President Lorenzo Snow and Apostle
Brigham Young—Dear Brethren—»Hav
ing carefully read the document Vielt
with, me for consideration, I herewith
return It, a* fr premise.
Thor« la much Us con Lents
ing, but thero gre other
I could ronseie
I cannot endort#
"U I waa w«u I might
ils most
In another light; or I
might do so had I more time to consider
It; but as it it, it seems that I must de
termine now, though I fully realize how
sadly long illness has weakened me
In every way.
Lord may enable me to define my views
and acts as
In the future the
nlng along those of honor,
Integrity and truth.
"Now I can only humbly ask that you
act according te the Holy Spirit's dicta
prompted by justice and brother
ly love towards your fellow laborer in
the cause of our Savior.
Moses Thatcher."
The Supervising Architect Re
ports Favorably.
mnaenda «SOO.Oeo-Tb« Rec
ommendation Also Favor» Ogden'»
Publie Building, but the Mplrit of
Economy In the Home Will Pre
vent the Appropriation for That
Purpose This Boaslon of Congre»».
Washington, D. C\, April 2, 1896.—
The supervising architect of the treas
ury department has filed with the seaate
committee on public buildings and
grounds a recommendation that $500,
000 be appropriated for a public build
ing at Salt Lake city,
mended an appropriation for a public
building at Ogden, but the action of
Speaker Reed and the leaders of the
bemmm in^. opposing all public building
He also recom
W? turn *Idered , MR fcri|ür WÊmËk
pleted condition of the treasury and tne
anxiety to keep down appropriation«
have been potent so far thi« session In
preventing favorable action upon public
building bills, but there
peel that before the s-sslon I« ended the
barrier will be broken down, and one or
two public building bills passed.
The case of Thomas Matthews, appeK
lant, vs. Mary E. Hanks, administratrix,
coming over to the Supreme court from
the supreme court of Utah, was dis
missed today
for the plaintiff.
Louis Schalk was today commissioned
postmaster at Rawlins, Wyo.
An original pension was today grant,
ed to Charles T. Bray, of Eureka, Nev.
's some pros
ipon motion of counsel
Death at Farow mm.
Parowan, Utah, April 3_Thomaa r.
Smith, the oldeat resident ol Parowan
and husband of the lady burned to death
two weeks ago, died this afternoon after
an lllnes« ol «ix month«. He was 90
years of age. He came to Utah at
early date and took a prominent part
In building up the south. He leave« •
ho»t of descendants.

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