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stage-station on Skeleton Creek, and started for Wichita, Kans., which place we reached on November 9. Mr. Smith having received intelligence of the severe illness of one of his family, it was decided to adjourn to meet in Paola, Kans., on Monday, November 26, on which day the commission reassembled and began the preparation of this report.
In conclusion, we desire to state that, while seeking to use the money appropriated for the business in which we have been employed, in the most rigidly economical manner, and to limit our expenditure to that amount, we have, in various ways and from various causes, apparently to us unavoidable, exceeded it, which being unauthorized to do, no account is made of such excess.
The journal of the commission will be transmitted with the accounts of the disbursing agent, Mr. Topping:
For the detailed statement of prices fixed upon the lands appraised by us, your at-
WILLIAM N. WILKERSON,
Commissioners. Hon. E. A. Hayt, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Washington, D. C.
Description and valuation of Cherokee lands in Indian Territory, lying west of 96° west lon
gitude and west of the Osage lands, appraised in 1877, under the provisions of the fifth section of an act of Congress approved May 29, 1872. (Stats. at large, vol. 17, p. 190.)