Brigham Young's Property
A correspondent of the Philadelphia Press, in an eight column letter from Salt Lake City, gives the following sched-ule of Brigham Young’s assets:
“Much has been written of his sincerity in his religious professions, some writers hooting the ideas as the height of absurdity, others again claiming that his faith in Mormonism is perfect. Without advance-ing an opinion on the subject of his ‘religious belief,’ I desire simply to call the attention of those who are in an investiga-ting mood to consider his financial convic-tions as embodied in his own personal estate. In the event of his demise, or translation, this inventoried list of goods and chattels and estate-real, personal and mixed-will probably read as follows:
“First—City Creek Canon, a grant by the Legislative Assembly of Utah, a heavi-ly wooded district, from which the Saints obtain their wood exclusively, every third load going to Brigham’s pile; fine water power running four miles; income from this source $20,000 per annum.
“Second”—The water right to Mill Creek.
“Third—A grant of Cache Valley, fifty miles long, and fifteen miles in width, and the richest and most productive valley in the territory.
“Fourth—A grant of Rush Valley, also a large tract of fertile country.
“Fifth—A grant of Lone Rock Valley, also a large tract of fertile country.
“Sixth—The coal beds in Coal Canon, San Peth county, Utah
“Seventh—Real estate in Salt Lake City: Brigham’s block, $500,000; theatre building, $75,000; distillery, with the whole Mormon trade, $200,000; various stores and private residences, $200,000.
“Eight--Four-fifths of Provo City.
“Ninth—Sugar plantation in the Sand-wich Islands.
“Tenth—Cotton farms, woollen mills and flouring mills,
“Eleventh—Cocoonery for the manu-facture of silk, with thirty acres of mul-berry trees,
“Twelfth—Twelve thousand acres of land in Cash county, for stock-raising pur-poses.
“Thirteenth—Claims against the Union Pacific Railroad for grading done, in all $1,300,000; of which Brigham will re-ceive $ 750,000.
“Fourteenth—Twenty-five wives in the flesh. The number of 'spiritual wives' legion. Many female Saints are anxious to be sealed to Brigham, in order to be carried 'across' by him, and thus have their salvation insured. Brigham kindly scales them to his predecessor, Joseph Smith, for eternity, and to himself fortune, and then appoint s the bishop of the ward attorney in fact, by virtue of which the said bishop has the exclusive right to sup-port her.
“Sixteenth—-Cash on hand. As Brig-ham is trustee intrust for the Church, and not accountable to any one for the funds obtained in that capacity, the amount is expected to be very large.
Seventeenth—The property of the sub-jects sent upon 'foreign missions,' always appropriated by the 'Lion of the Lord."'
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