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[[preprinted]] 22 [[/preprinted]] The allowance of a surveyor to retrace lines when the mounds have been destroyed by cattle and the stakes burned by prairie fires, has enabled the allotment of the western part of the reservation which is untrammeled by patents to proceed rapidly. The surveyor and I took the field on Monday, Sept. 19 (the authority for his being employed was rec'd on the 15th) and up to the 30th of September, 85 allotments have been made, the lines retraced and corners established. In this work the Indians have gladly volunteered to assist, shouldering their spades, and throwing up their corners with a will. Several cases of dispute as to precedence of claim have been amicably; and I believe justly settled. If the present delightful weather continues, the work on the western portion of the reservation and which is distant from the Agency and demands camping and exposure will soon be completed as far as the field work is concerned. The difficulties incident to the former allotment and issuing of patents, which will demand care, and time, are remanded to a later season when outdoor work will be impracticable. Very respectfully [[signature]] Alice C. Fletcher [[/signature]] Special Ind. Agent.
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