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of Eth. & I am pleased that he can give his time to research in the field. He is qualified to get good material in every way"  So you are winning good words everywhere. Nothing pleases me more than to have you well thought of by the scientific men.

I have been working quite steadily on your letters, and it is very interesting to me to watch the gradual unfolding to you of the Osage ceremonial. I am very glad to get your last summary, and I think I am beginning to see something, as to the relation between the Omaha & the Osage. I also think I can detect some reasons why separation took place.

It is quite clear to me that [[underlined]] 7 [[/underlined]] divisions have a meaning to the two tribes & I think to others of this stock as well. The seven Ninibaton of the Omaha, the Ponca have their seven, and evidently 7 is important to the Osage, their seven pipes etc. There is also the dual arrangement, but neither
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