120 years ago today - Jan 23, 1901

[Brigham Young Jr.]

Met several of the 12 in office called up Bro[ther] [Charles W.] Penrose by telephone advised him not to notice [Salt Lake] 'Trib[une]' Ed[itorial]. he came up to see us. advised him to state facts and take no notice of scurrious Ed[itorial]. in Trib[une]. he agreed to do it. President [Lorenzo] Snow met me and invited me to meet himself and some of his brethren, at 12:30, in his office, which, I did when it was considered:''Is it wise for the President to bring suit against the [Salt Lake] Tribune for libel?' It was thought we would never have a better case. ... Pres[ident]. Snow submitted the Question and Elder Reed Smoot appeared most anxious to have Pres[ident]. Snow commence suit. Attorneys Young and Richards felt it was most proper to have Senator Tho[ma]s. Kearns to take the initiative and perhaps Senator Clark of Montana, when Pres[ident]. Geo[rge]. Q. Cannon came out strong against Pres[ident]. Snow assuming any such role,'he being President of our Church, it was beneath his dignity. At this Pres[ident]. Snow coincided and we all withdrew with the understanding that Tho[ma]s. Kearns is on the way to the President's office.

[Brigham Young Jr. Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

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