Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Nickel Sunday

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What was “Nickel Sunday?”
a.                  The Sunday when every family in the Church contributed a nickel to offset Sunday school expenses
b.                  The play used by the first basketball team to win the All Church tournament
c.                   The fifth Sunday of every month when the priesthood and Relief Society met together in a joint meeting
d.                  The fifth Sunday of the month
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  A shotgun fired.
At 9:13 this morning the usual early-morning serenity of East Temple Street was decidedly disturbed owning to the fact that Superintendent Brown of the Western Union Telegraph company was observed to rush frantically out of the office armed with an old reliable shotgun, the contents of which belched forth in two resounding reports. A small boy in the near vicinity dived for an adjacent doorway, his juvenile brain probably having grasped the idea that a holdup or bank robbery was in progress.
After the excitement had subsided somewhat, it dawned on the rapidly accumulation crowd that the Chief Magistrate [President Cleveland] in Washington had signed the Statehood Proclamation. [The crowd] showed their appreciation of the fact by giving vent to a cheer. The news spread like wildfire, and on all sides’ merchants proceeded to decorate their stores and building with national emblems, bunting, and Old Glory. Messrs. George M. Scott and Cunningham & Company erected some temporary but effective steam whistles outside their respective places of business. The Stars and Stripes were strung across from the east and west towers to the [Salt Lake] Temple.
Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7, 190-191.

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