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Church History Vol. 4 Chapter 32 Page 575


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ON June 11, 1887, Elder Joseph F. Burton wrote from Queensferry, Victoria, Australia: "The work is accumulating so fast that I need help very much; many sheaves are ungathered."

The same day Elder Albert Haws wrote from Sweet Home, Oregon: "I have just concluded a six nights' debate on the question, 'Is the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints the Church of God in fact, and accepted with Him?' My opponent, Mr. Russell, a young man of more than ordinary talent, dealt with us much fairer than the most of our opposers, for he did not enter into abuse of character, slang, nor vituperation; but confined himself to finding fault with the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Inspired Translation. Trying to make them contradict each other, and so sought to meet the question." Elder Haws does not state what church Mr. Russell represented.

On June 15 Elder Alexander McCord died near Harlan, Iowa, in his seventy-seventh year. Elder McCord was one of the first missionaries to Utah, accompanying Elder E. C. Briggs in 1863. In 1846 he enlisted as

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