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called, many of whom never took up the labor assigned to them, they are released, and there will now be called, two, and not more than four, brethren in each ward, whose duty it will be to labor among the young men of the ward and endeavor to convert them to perform their duties and to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition to these special local missionaries, it is distinctly understood that the officers of the Association are, and shall also act as, local missionaries. The local missionary work must not be discontinued, but should be made more effective. Everything should be prepared at once, and the missionary corps filled, and all made ready for good, vigorous work during the season.

The General Improvement Fund.

The Era.—Have workers for subscribers in the field early in September, so that all subscribers may begin with number 1, vol. 6, issued November 1.

Secretaries.-A new roll book was prepared last season for the use of the associations, the price of which is seventy-five cents. It can be obtained from the general office. Every association should obtain this new roll book immediately.

Amusements—It is advised that the officers of our organizations heartily co-operate with any arrangement for the amusement and entertainment of the young people that bishops and presidents of stakes may devise; and that where the presiding authorities have not adopted a plan, that in such cases, the Improvement Association officers ask permission to take the lead in devising healthful amusement and entertainment for the young people. Every person possessing useful talent in music, speech, drama, games, or social qualifications, should be put into active service where his talents may be enjoyed for the good of all.

Miscellaneous.

Outline of Convention Programs. The topics outlined above should be treated in the convention in the following order:

Morning: Preparations for Opening the Season, Grading, THE ERA, The General Improvement Fund.

Afternoon: Class Work, The Manual, and Missionary Work and
Amusements.
Evening: Joint Sessions, Secretaries, and Miscellaneous.
Your brethren,

GEORGE H. BRIMHALL,
EDWARD H. ANDERSON,
J. GOLDEN KIMBALL,
THOMAS HULL,
BRYANT S. HINCKLEY.

EVENTS OF THE MONTH.

BY THOMAS HULL, GENERAL SECRETARY OF Y. M. M. I. A.

FOREIGN-July 14-The Campanile tower, Venice, falls in ruins... 16–King Edward is conveyed to Portsmouth and placed on board the royal yacht Victoria and Albert...... ....... Governor Taft's note to the Vatican is made public in Rome......... ..17--Russia is making a move for an international conference to deal with trusts on the plan of the Hague conference............ .The King of Italy bids farewell to the Czar and returns to Rome..................18—The Sultan of Zanzibar dies....... 21—The Pope receives Governor Taft and discusses the Philippine friar question. All negotiations are transferred to Manila..............John W. Mackay the Nevada bonanza king, born in Ireland, November 28, 1831, died in London............23—The closing of primary schools kept by the religious societies causes riots in Paris..................The United States gunboat Marietta, is ordered to the mouth of the Orinoco to protect American interests during the insurrection..................25—England and Japan agree to maintain the independence of Korea in return for concessions..... .26—Diplomatic relations between Italy and Switzerland are resumed......... .28—The Swedish-Norwegian joint committee on consuls recommend a separate consular service for each of the two countries............... .29—The first party of returning Boers, 350 in number, sail from Bermuda for South Africa........ 30—Cholera is increasing in Cairo, Egypt, and decreasing in Luzon, P. I...................31-King Edward's health is improving ......... Cape Town citizens present Lord Kitchener with a sword which he hopes "will not be unsheathed in South Africa."

August 1-The President of France signs a decree closing several unauthorized religious schools...............Severe fights with robber bands in Luzon are reported...............2—President Steyn arrives in England on his way to see President Kruger in Holland....................3—There have been 28,000 cases of cholera in the Philippines

.4-The Cuban House authorizes a loan of $35,000,000...... .5—British and Canadian firms form a combine to fight the United States Steel Corporation..................6—The Czar and German Kaiser meet at Reval; and Kruger and Steyn meet at Scheveningen............... 7-King Edward thanks his people for their sympathy in his illness.....

8—The British Parliament adjourns till October 16.......... .....9King Edward VII is crowned in Westminster Abbey....... ..104 King Edward gives his Osborne estate to the English people........... 14-Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fair are killed in an automobile accident near Paris.............

.The situation in Venezuela is regarded as very serious.

DOMESTIC—July 16—The President reprimands and retires General Jacob H. Smith, on account of his famous “kill and burn” order to Major Walter in the Samar campaign..................Three towns in North Dakota are wiped out by a terrific wind storm........... .. The freight strike in Chicago is over, and the freight handlers have returned to work. The strike cost the businessmen of Chicago ten million dollars.......... ....17—The sale of the five-mile limit lands about Pocatello has begun, 85 acres were sold the first day................. Secretary Root's final note to Governor Taft regarding negotiations at the vatican is made public...................21—The Philadelphia Public Ledger is sold to A. S. Ochs for $2,225,000....... ..22—Major E. F. Glenn is found guilty of administering the "water cure" to Filipinos, and is suspended one month from duty, and fined fifty dollars

.23— The war department holds that the President's action in retiring General Jacob H. Smith, is entirely legal............. .25—Captain Willard H. Brownson commanding the battleship Alabama is selected as the next superintendent of the Naval Academy, Annapolis........ .29—Obstacles to Pacific cable are removed by the refusal of United States to recognize Spanish exclusive landing grants in the Philippines.... 30—The Republicans of Iowa declare for Cuban reciprocity, and tariff revision, as necessities of trade or regulation of trusts may require......... 31—There are severe earthquakes in Santa Barbara, California.

August 2-Governor Stone of Pennsylvania refuses mine workers petition to withdraw troops from the strike region........ .......3—The emigration bureau requires emigrants from Porto Rico and the Philippines to undergo same examination required of other emigrants......... 5—Andrew D. White, United States Ambassador to Germany resigns..... 6-Harry Tracy, the Oregon outlaw, is wounded, and commits suicide in the State of Washington.................. 7—It is positively denied in Washington that the Philippine friars have sold their lands to American syndicates as reported from Rome ........ ....8-James McMillan, United States Senator from Michigan, dies in Massachusetts.......... The chief Insurgent chief of the Moros has surrendered......... ....114 Chief Justice Gray resigns, and the President names Oliver Wendell Holmes, of Massachusetts, his successor.

......15—President

Roosevelt directs that a list of the casualties in the islands be wired every two weeks.

LOCALJuly 15-W. B. Wilson was re-elected superintendent of Weber county schools by a majority of 45 over W. F. Petterson; and B. W. Ashton, of Salt Lake county schools, by a majority of over 400 over Oscar Van Cott......... .Mary Ann Reed, age 91, died............ The case of Tanner vs. A. C. Nelson, regarding the legality of the recent school book convention, was decided in favor of the plaintiff... 16–Just after midnight this morning, the powder magazine in the DalyWest mine, at Park City, exploded, and 34 miners in the Daly-West and Ontario mines were killed, plunging the great mining camp into a city of mourning........ .... President Gompers, of the American Federation of Labor, spoke to a large crowd at Lester Park, Ogden...............17Groves' Latter-day Saints Hospital is to erected at once, at a cost of one hundred thousand dollars.......... ..Eugene V. Debs spoke on “Labor and Liberty," at City Hall Square in Ogden, and will speak in Salt Lake tomorrow.. ........ Governor Wells received notice from Secretary John Hay, requesting opinions from Utah educators in regard to the method of selecting students for the Rhodes' Oxford scholarships...... 18-James C. Armstrong, age 66, born Indiana, a leading citizen of Ogden, died..................19--Duke and Robertson pleaded guilty of embezzling funds from Wells, Fargo & Co.'s bank and were each sentenced to four years' imprisonment........ ..... The Commercial Club with a membership of 265, opened their new quarters on West Temple street

.21—The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Lower Court in the Dr. Park estate suit, and Mrs. Hilton is declared entitled to widow's share........ ..Louis Garff, a prominent citizen of Lehi who came to Utah in 1857, died..................B. Y. Hampton, born Kirtland, Ohio, age 66, a well known resident of Salt Lake, died.......... William L. S. Binder, a pioneer of 1855, borr London, July 10, 1832, died in Salt Lake...... .........22—Governor E. P. Savage of Nebraska visits Utah...................Catherine W. Nelson, born Scotland, May 13, 1816, a pioneer of 1852, died in Logan........ ........23–P. L. Kimberley et al. purchase the great iron mines in southern Utah for $2,225,000...... ......24—Pioneer day is generally observed in Utah........ ..25– J. H. Young succeeds A. E. Welby, resigned, as superintendent of the Rio Grande Western.... ..........Supt. A. C. Nelson calls a meeting of the county school superintendents to consider the text book situation....

.General Funston visits Fort Douglas on a tour of inspection......................26—Sevier County Commissioners offer a bounty of fifty cents a bushel for grasshoppers...... ...27—There were sev

eral thousand Scandinavians in conference in Brigham City from all parts of the Church to commemorate the anniversary of the first baptism into the Church, Peter A. Forsgren, in Sweden 52 years ago. President Jos. F. Smith and Anthon H. Lund were prominent speakers............28— F. H. Newell, chief hydrographer, U. S. Geological Survey, addressed a representative gathering of Salt Lake business men on the measures to be adopted under the new national irrigation law..... .Oliver G. Workman, born Tennessee, Jan. 7, 1827, member of the “Mormon” Battalion, who was at Sutter's when gold was found, and a pioneer of 1848, died in Salt Lake City....... ... The Elks' Club House was dedicated

..29—At the recalled convention of superintendents of schools, the action of Supt. Nelson in appealing the text book case to the Supreme Court was indorsed.......

.The Missouri Press Association was entertained in Salt Lake City....

.30—The 7th annual reunion of the Pacific Island missionaries was held at Saltair......

.... The Daly-West arranges to pay the mortuary claims of the mine disaster; families of single men, $1000, widows, $2000, children each $500.... .......31-A. E. Welby accepts the management of the McCune Cerro de Pasco railway in Peru at $12,000 per annum.

August 1-William S. Godbe, the founder of the "Godbeite” movement in 1869, a pioneer miner and newspaper founder of Utah, died at Brighton, Salt Lake county........... ..J. W. McCaslin shoots Lottie Russell

, and Max A. Peters, and kills himself while returning from the Salt Palace...... .4-The Bureau of Information and Church Literature opened on the Tabernacle grounds..

.5-J. E. Dooly is succeeded as cashier of Wells, Fargo & Co.'s Salt Lake bank by F. L. Lipman of San Francisco......

..6—Hon. C. C. Goodwin delivers the funeral oration over the remains of W. S. Godbe....... ...........7 James L. McMurrin, born March 26, 1864, a former member of the Idaho legislature, a well-known missionary and prominent member of the Church, died in Salt Lake City....

.The funeral of Jos. J. Smith, a pioneer of 1850, born England, April 8, 1821, was held in Lehi, Utah county..................8—John T. Axton received his commission as Chaplain in the regular army, and resigned as Sec. Y. M. C. A...... In reply to enquiry from Organizer W. S. Montgomery of the Fraternal Brotherhood, President Joseph F. Smith says that "the policy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is and always has been against its members allying themselves with any of the secret or fraternal orders."... ..........9-Large numbers of Knights of Pythias pass through Utah on their way to California....

..10--The large water pumps at the head of Jordan river are set in operation, supplying about two hundred and fifty cubit feet of water per second...... 11-Thousands of Elks arrive in Salt Lake, and are made welcome.... The Book of Mormon play “Corianton" by O. U. Bean, is presented to a packed and appreciative house in the Salt Lake Theatre...................12 -The Elks' Grand Lodge meeting is held in the Tabernacle, Judge 0. W. Powers, master of ceremonies..... ........13—The great parade of the Elks took place....................Col. W. F. Cody, Buffalo Bill's Wild West, exhibited to packed tents. ...........14—The Elks' Grand Lodge session ended, George P. Cronk being elected Exalted ruler, the next meeting to be in Baltimore, Md.

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