University Ball

Last evening the youth and beauty of Salt Lake City crowded the hall of the University of Deseret on the occasion of the ball given by the Professors and Students of the Institution. The halls were beautifully decorated with the national colors, numerous paintings, evergreens, etc., and Professor Park’s studio was embellished with fine pencil drawings by Professors Bellerive and Monch.

Among the visitors we noticed President Young, Chancellor Wells, and the greater portion of the members of the Board of Regents. Dancing was commenced shortly before seven, and continued, with a short intermission for supper, until past three this morning. During the evening Elder H.W. Nalshitt made some interesting, as well as encouraging remarks to the Professors and pupils of the University.

The Committee consisted of Messrs. Willard Young, Harmel Pratt, J.C. Young, and J.G. Coltrin. The floor manager was Mr. D. Yearsley.

[Journal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dec. 30, 1869, 1]
[Deseret News, Dec. 31, 1869]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Apr. 2006]


Statehood for Utah.
Several Prominent Political Citizens Interviewed.

An Elaborate Consensus of Opinion.

Harmel Pratt, (Rep.)

In my opinion the Democratic leaders in Utah did not act in good faith with the people on the question of statehood. They gave the people to understand that division on party lines was for educational purposes, and preparatory only for future statehood. In attempting to force the Home Rule bill upon Utah they have placed their followers in a false light before the nation. I think it would have been well to have delayed statehood until the people had been thoroughly educated in national politics. But, as a Republican, I am decidedly for statehood, rather than for its ghost. I endorse the Teller bill.

Arthur Pratt, (Rep.)

I am for statehood first and last, and so is the Republican party.

*Other opinions were expressed in this article, only the Pratt-related comments were transcribed.*

[Journal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jan. 19, 1892, 2]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Apr. 2006]


Feb. 2, 1892 — could not locate in record


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