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will not fail to receive the approbation of
the central government, if the facts in the
case are thoroughly understood. The
Smith's river country embraces a section of
some 40,000 acres altogether, and is bounded
by a ridge of mountains on one side and
the ocean on the other. In the midst of
this tract is Smith's river, a fine, clear
stream with a good water-power thereon,
now used by one grist mill and a saw mill,
with sufficient privileges for more, if
necessary. The arable land in the valley is about
5,000 acres in extent, of which 2,000 or
more acres are now under cultivation and
various improvements in the way of fencing,
houses, &c., all of which are to be conveyed
to the Government for the sum of $60,000,
paid in different amounts to the various
holders of the property, who have
purchased the land and have commenced
these improvements. Considering the value
and the extent of the property thus secured,
the price paid is very low, being
$10,000 more than the actual loss at Klamath,
where years of labor were dissipated
in a single week.

The Reservation, isolated by its position
from all of the rest of the State, and still
further guarded from the encroachments of
the whites, by having a military post
established on its land side, would appear to
be the very best which could be selected
for these Indians, whose pursuits of hunting
and fishing can best be followed on a
sea-coast reservation than at one further
inland, [crossed out], while the interior
Indians, whose habits have been of a different
character, will find themselves properly
disposed of at the Round Valley Reservation.
This plan seems to be the most humane
and sensible, and one which should long
ago have been adopted, instead of frittering
away upon an multitude of poorly managed
posts the ample and generous fund provided
by the General Government for the
benefit of the Indians. We know that the
skeptical and narrow minded will scout the idea
that these poor Indians can be taught the
arts of civilization and be brought to
pursue any industrial or settled habits and
pursuits, but every lover of humanity will
watch with deep interest the progress of
the experiment at Smith's river, where the
dusky aborigines are now being removed
that they may have the practical test of
their adaptability to the ways of peace and
industry applied to them. And it is due to
their disposition, so often slandered as
impracticable and unmanageable, to say that
they go cheerfully and gladly, and there is a
now every reasonable indication that before
long the new community of dusky settlers
at Smith's river, will be self-sustaining,
happy, and, removed from the interference
of meddling whites, be peaceable and
unmolesting dwellers upon their own soil.

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Emmy

..so ironic...