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of us yet know enough to fully generalize.

Mr. Culin said a good thing — some years ago when Dorsey first got hold of these packs Mr Culin, as he looked at them, said to Dorsey, these are [[underlined]] portable altars, [[/underlined]] they contain the Sacred articles needed for the ceremony [[strikethrough]] but [[/strikethrough]] they are in bags, & not on a permanent structure, yet they are really altars. Mr Culin struck the truth, but Mr Dorsey published it as his [[strikethrough]] discovery [[/strikethrough]] own classification which Mr. Culin said "was not fair." It is a good designation, & I think it would be well for us to use it and publicly give Mr. Culin credit  "Portable Altar" is much better than "Pack" or "bundle", which does not convey anything as related to a rite or a religion.  It is barely possible that you may see Mr. Culin in Pawhuska.

I think I must paint the house, the repairs I must make will cut me pretty close, but the house needs them outside & inside.

I hope Mr. Hodge will let you bring the men on but if he does I hope you wont have to stay with them as you did with S.C.  I want you to be some of the time at home. I want to catch the mail, so goodbye, let me hear soon.

Affly [[signature]] M. [[/signature]]
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