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Copy of Letter From Chas A. Kyle Esq Supervisor Nome Lackee Ind. Resv. Decr 29th 1860

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Copy Nome Lackee Reserve Decr 29th 1860

Jno A Dreibelbis Supr'g Agt. Ind. Affs. Not. Dist, Cala

Sir In conformity with your instructions to prevent waste of Government property on this Reserve, I found it necessary to put under lock and key, the wheat rye and barley, as it was being fed out by Titus to the stock belonging to Geiger and Titus, and otherwise wasted daily, not withstanding my protest against it — Mr Geiger was not here, and Titus continued to appropriate it to private uses, which if allowed to continue in a short time there would have been nothing left for the subsistence of the Indians or Government animals during the winter — four days since Mr Geiger returned here, and on yesterday I found that the granary containing the wheat had been broken open and a considerable quantity abstracted therefrom — I immediately proceeded with Mr Welton to secure it again, in a few hours I again found it broken open. I at once made inquiry into the matter, and was informed by one of the former employees that he broke it open by orders from Ex Agent Geiger, I immediately communicated with him to learn the facts in the case, he told me that some of them wanted wheat, and that he had ordered them to break open the granary. The key was in my possession and I could have been found at any moment. You will please instruct me what steps to take further, in regard to the matter, if any — To day Messrs Titus & Geiger are having Indentured to themselves for their own use a large number of the best working Indians on this Reserve, for terms varying from five to twenty years — without bringing them before the Judge in person. In regard to the regularity of such proceeding I am not informed

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but think it my duty to inform you at once

Very Respectfully Your Obedt. servt, Chas A Kyle Acting Supervisor Nome Lackee Indian Res.

Jno A Dreibelbis Sup’g Agent Ind Affs Nor Dist Cal.

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