Monday, June 12, 2017

Given Little Time

Near Aetna, Alberta
In 1894, the Aetna ward of the Alberta (Canada) Stake was given very little time to do what?
a.                  Build a church
b.                  Buy a welfare farm
c.                   Organize the ward
d.                  Come up with their ward budget
Yesterday’s answer:
c.   Johnston’s army marching through Salt Lake City
Flags flew at half-staff as the army marched through Salt Lake City on 26 June 1858. Elizabeth Cumming, Governor Cumming’s wife and secretary, wrote to her sister-in-law that “the army passed through [Salt Lake City] in excellent order. Tired, & dusty & hot, yet not a man nor a mule stepped out of place.” Captain Randolph B. Marcy of the Fifth Infantry stated: “We marched through the city with colors flying and bands playing, but, to our astonishment, we only saw here and there a very few persons. The city seemed to have been deserted.” George William McCune, a Mormon militiaman, explained, “there were about 500 of us hid in the houses along South Temple Street, with loaded rifles and our orders ‘to let them have it if they interfered with anything; then we were to set fire to the houses, and flee to the mountains. But the government troops were very orderly and marched through very quietly.” A newspaper correspondent described the army’s’ entry into Salt Lake: “All day long from dawn until sunset, the troops and trains poured through the city, the utter silence of the streets being broken only by the music of the military bands, the monotonous tramp of the regiments, and the rattle of the baggage wagons. . . .  The stillness was so profound that during the interval between the passage of the columns, the monotonous gurgle of City Creek struck every ear.”

Glenn Rawson and Dennis Lyman ed., The Mormon Wars (American Fork, Utah: Covenant Communication, 2014), 107-108.

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