Sunday, November 27, 2016

What was Found Inside His Cane?

Not too long ago I helped a friend with what they thought was an electrical problem. Fortunately, it was only burned out fluorescent tubes. When I went to put the new tubes in I couldn’t believe it when I discovered a revolver that my friend was not aware of tucked up inside the ballast. When Brigham Young’s cane was donated by the family back to the Church, what was discovered inside the cane?
a.                  A compass and telescope
b.                  Money
c.                   A knife
d.                  The title page from an original copy of the Book of Mormon
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  The mine was closed down on Sundays
Surely no one should overlook the Oxford Saloon and Billiard Parlor. One could not imagine a mining town without a saloon. However, one town in the Tintic District—Knightsville—did not have a saloon. Jesse Knight of Provo opened the Humbug Mine and built a town around it. He was a devout Mormon and could not stand to see families deprived by the men blowing their paychecks gambling or drinking. He encouraged workers to attend church on Sundays. He paid them more per day to keep their earnings up with the rest of the mines. His operation was derisively called the Sunday School Mine. In later years other mine owners, seeing his success and safety record, also gave their men a day off each week.

Chronicles of Courage, Daughters of Utah Pioneers (Salt Lake City: Lesson Committee, 1993), V4:402.

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