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Bureau of Ethnology.

Dear Mr.Hodge.

At the coming annuity payment,which will be on the 9th of this month,Iexpet to secure from Wa-xri-zhi the Ni'-Ke'-Non-Ko'n degree of the Non-hon-zhin-ga Order. After that I wish permission to bring my work to Washington. I have a large number of songs to transcribe and the work cannot very well be done here. Then too I wish to put all my loose notes in proper shape before attempting to do anything further. Wa-xri-zhi tells me that the Ni-Ke'Non-Ko'n is mostly in ritual form but I expect there will ^[[also]] be a number of [[?]] and they also will have to be transcribed by a musician.

I have had the good fortune to secure the Ni-Ka'of Ka-na-xo-dse which is the most interesting of any that I have yet found. When I come to Washington I shall bring it with me, also the one of the Deu clan which I secured from Hi'u'-Ki-on-zhi.

I think the authority will be granted for me to bring my work to Washington, for the reasons given.

Very truly yours
[[signature]] Francis La Flesche [[/signature]]
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