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no papers or coppies of any former transactions whatever
has been shown or delivered to me, hence I will be
unable to learn anything officially pertaining to the
acts of my predecessors in conniction with the purchase
and disposition of property &c, except it be obtained
at your office. by all that I can learn from outsiders
and employees who have been in the service; much
of the Government property is yet in the possession of old
officials, or has been disposed of by them

For instance, wagons and animals well known to
have been purchased for the Government are now in the
hands of ex officials

Three large and valuable Jacks which it is said
was purchased by T J Henley the ex suptd for the
indian reservations, are now accounted for as follows

Old employees say "Henley claimed one as his
own private property — and his son took charge of
him; after a while he died and then Henley took
one of the others and reported the dead one as
expended in the Indian service. He has the other one yet worth
in this state $2,500. The third one equally valuable seems
to have been left by V. E. Geiger in charge of one Titus
an old employee at Nome Lackee, and was strangely
spirited away one night during the past winter. I think
it advisable to offer a reward for him, that he may be

I would be pleased to know how many Jacks Henley purchased
for the US I suppose his vouchers will show
Henley told me while in Round Valley that he had

Notes and Questions

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A male donkey is called a "jack" or "jackass". They were so valuable because they could create a "mule" by mating with a female horse (mare). Mules are sterile, so making a mule requires a jack.