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them to do so and in the event of their not being able to write other witnesses were called in to attest the signature. This formality brought each Indain in direct responsibility with his or her choice of land, and taught the importance attached to the signing of the name, and the guards placed about the act by our forms and customs. The use and destination of these signed papers of "Selection" were carefully and fully explained as well as the series of checks instituted by the Department to insure against mistakes. To do the work in this manner took both time and patience, but it has left a permanent value among the people. They often expressed their appreciation [[strikethrough]] and approbation [[/strikethrough]] of this method by saying:
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