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100 years ago

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, during its regular rehearsal on Sept. 11, 1899, was informed that an eastern tour might have to be postponed.

An article in the Sept. 12, 1899, Deseret News reported on the developments that were delivered by choir director Evan Stephens. The concern was that there was too little time to organize the trip and that the man responsible for promoting it was taken ill.

The article stated: "Mr. Stephens has felt nervous for some time past over the shortness of the time, and the fact that so little was being done in the way of advertising in the eastern cities; this has been due to the unfortunate illness of Mr. Higbee, who is just now convalescent, after an attack of typhoid fever. He is now in the hospital in New York and some days ago wrote Mr. Stephens that he would not be out for two weeks yet."

Choir members voted in favor of postponing the trip, "if it were deemed best." The trip was later canceled.

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