135 years ago today - Wed., March 17th, 1886

[General Authority Abraham H. Cannon]

I was called up to be sentenced. Upon Judge Zane giving me permission to speak I explained by position and stated that I had only sought to obey the law of God in doing what I had done, and if for doing that I deserved punishment, I was prepared for sentence. He then sentenced me to six months imprisonment, to pay a fine of $300 and costs, and stand committed till the fine and costs are paid. I immediately went into the marshal's office under guard, and there remained until about 4 p.m., except for a few minutes when I went to a restaurant under guard, waiting for the Penitentiary wagon. Father's [George Q. Cannon] trial was set for today but as he did not appear, his bonds were forfeited. A great number of special deputies were sworn in for the occasion, a company of soldiers were held in readiness, and all who entered were searched to see if they carried concealed weapons. All precautions were, however, unnecessary, as the prisoner did not come. Considerable money [$45,000] was lost by his not coming. About 5 p.m. after riding over a very rough road and wet, I arrived at the "Pen" in charge of Guard Janey. . . . There are now 50 of the brethren in the "Pen" for conscience sake, and therefore, it is not nearly as unpleasant as it might be or as I expected it would be.

[Abraham H. Cannon Journal Excerpts, http://www.amazon.com/Apostles-Record-Journals-Abraham-1889-1896/dp/B000MFD1K4]

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