125 years ago today - 2 September 1898 ¿ Friday

[George Q. Cannon]
I arose about 6 o¿clock. The nurse told me he had been sleeping in the same position all the time. I took hold of his wrist, felt his pulse, and I could feel that it was very faint, and while I stood there it grew fainter and fainter until it faded entirely. His head, his hands and his feet were warm, and his appearance was that of a person sleeping sweetly and quietly; not a quiver of a muscle, nor any movement of his limbs or face. And thus he passed away.

I cannot describe the feelings that I had. The event was so unexpected, so terrible, and away from home! I could not understand it. I felt that I had lost the best friend I had on earth. The suddenness of the sickness and death was like a frightful blow to all of us. I have known President Woodruff since I was a boy 12 years of age ...

I framed another dispatch, in cipher, to President [Joseph F.] Smith [about the death] ...

[The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

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