to represent the Charleston Irrigation company to stand. The voting stood the same as
in the previous voting.
The meeting approved of the attorney when President Murdock suggested that they hire to represent them in the future and a letter was to be sent immediately to Attorney J.H. McDonald to inform him of their action and his discharge.
Nobody knows, except those who have had such sad experience, the feelings of a person who has spent days and months, during many years time, to protect the interest of a people he has lived with all his life and whom he had learned to love. A people who had sustained him in the past and through their votes had given him responsibility. He then suddenly learns that all are turned against him. That none trust him. Are you surprised when I tell you I went to bed that night but could not sleep and that I bathed my pillow with tears? Yes, tears of sorrow.
I could not understand why President Murdock had so viciously attacked me and I could not understand why the towns people had been so influenced by his tirade when we had done what we had received permission and instructions to do at a previous stockholders meeting. That was none of President Murdock's business. Why had President Murdock made such a vicious attack on me and so scandalized my character? Under what influence did he have such power to make the people believe a lie? What had I done to deserve such treatment? Why did he interfere at our meeting when he had previously told us he had no objections to our proposed corrections?
THE LORD SHOWS THE WAY
Shall I now tell you, that though I did not
understand President Murdock's motives and what he was preparing to do, the Lord knew all
his plans and was not pleased with him. I had felt for some time that the Lord approved of
the things I was doing to protect the interest of my people. Would the Lord forsake me now
when I was so much in need of divine guidance?
In humility and sorrow but with faith in my heart that the Lord would give me light and understanding, I still trusted and prayed. I felt sure the truth would be made known to me in time to thwart his evil designs and purposes.
It was in the still hours of the night and I lay on my bed wide awake, still in meditation and thought. I had no desire for sleep but my pillow was made moist by the tears I had shed. It was then a voice spoke to me. It was not a loud voice, but it was clear and distinct. The words spoken were very clear to my understanding and they thrilled me as I think only the Spirit of the Lord could do.
The words spoken gave me comfort and a feeling of assurance that the Lord was watching over me and directing me in the task that lay ahead of me. As I remember the words spoken, which I think I shall never forget, they were as follows: "Go to Provo in the morning and you shall learn the reason for the fight that was made against you."
Then after a brief pause the same words were repeated.
I was sure they were the words of a heavenly messenger sent to me, to instruct me, that I might know what to do.
I arose early in the morning and explained to my wife that I had been told by a heavenly messenger to go to Provo. I told to her just what the messenger had said. I was very happy but I told no one else until I had been to Provo and uncovered President Murdock's scheme.
I soon learned I must get busy. Thought I, it would be a terrible blow to the people of Wasatch, especially the people of Charleston who had stood firmly together to support him, if he succeeded in his plot. For he wanted to deprive them of the rights he had made them believe he was protecting. He had represented himself, at the meeting in Charleston, as having done something wonderful by exposing our plans before we were able to go through with our plot.
After looking over the records and learning of the things that were to come up in court, I immediately went to the office of attorney J.H. McDonald. I had often been there before. I told him why I was there.
He told me he was through; that he had been fired from his job of protecting the interest of the people of Wasatch County. I told him he must help me. That my father and brothers had not fired him and that we had interests to protect. I told him what the Provo Reservoir Company had planned to do when the court convened. When I explained to him the plans of the Provo Reservoir Co., (Jos. R. Murdock, Pres.) he willingly consented to be on the job when the court convened, which would be in just a few days following my visit.
I then immediately set out for Salt Lake City and I hired attorney W.W. Ray, a man well informed on water laws in the State of Utah. Attorney Ray agreed to be at the next session of court to help attorney McDonald head off the plaintiffs bold attempt.
I was then ready to return to Charleston. By the time I had finished explaining to W.P. Edwards and John Simmons, the directors of the Charleston Irrigation Co., the plans of the Provo Reservoir Company's President, they were ready to again join me in the protection of the water interest of the people of Wasatch County.
Accordingly as planned, my attorneys, Edwards, Simmons and myself were in the court room when that session began.
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