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and saw the pueblo restoration. I noticed in a photograph reproduced in an issue of the Literary Digest, in Dr. Hardison's home last spring, illustrating an article by you, copied from some other publication, that one or two of your rock carvings in Nevada were something like the Petit Jean pictographs.

I am going into other work and may not have a chance to search further for more pictographs on Petit Jean, but I wish to call your attention to them, with the thought that they may be worth your attention or that of some of your field workers. Dr. Hardison would be delighted to have a careful scientific investigation of them, and to entertain any party planning to make such studies. 

I was informed that aboriginal remains, in the form of domicilliayy and ceremonial mounds, burials, etc, were plentiful in the bottom lands of the Arkansas from Morrilton westward into Oklahoma. Thousands of examples of artifacts have been unearthed and in the town of Dardanelle, upriver from Petit Jean, is a man calling himself the "Pottery King," who deals in such relics. May not these pictographs be attributed to the same race. Dr Hardison and others told me they had found that in the majority of cases, the shelters chosen for the the paintings were not far from water, from springs or the heads of small brooks running down the mountainside, and I found this to be true in many cases though some of the springs were heavily charged with iron sulphate.

I submit below some sketches of figures not illustrated in the photographs. I hope the matter may be worthy of you attention and if further details would ne useful, I would be glad to supply them. It would give Dr Hardison and myself pleasure to find that these pictographs are of scientific interest, and may contribute to something further knowledge of the culture of the southwestern ab origins. The repetition of many figures, suggested to us a conventionalised form of picture writing, and such was Dr, Wissler's [[crossed-out]] suggestion [[/crossed-out]] interpretation.

Very truly yours, 
Raymond H. Torrey

Are not these like the Nevada figures?
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