Geo[rge] G. Mackenzie
[Robert Underwood] Johnson
You will notice, however, that Mr. Weigel’s statement that Clark showed him around does not “jibe well” with Irish’s declaration (vide his report) that Neigel only came in contact with persons of “bad eminence” as critics of the precious Commission. I think that I will send a letter on the subject either to the Times (N.Y.) or the Boston Transcript. If I thought it would do any good I would publish something in a California paper. If I had Neigel’s report, I would be better able to see my way. I have recently sent a letter about the reservations to the Times. Should you see it, I would be pleased if you would send a copy to Mr. Noble. The times has been so opposed to Noble that I doubt its using even the no more than just reference I make to him; but I hope I will be mistaken. Perhaps also, if the letter is published, it might do some good to call Cleveland’s attention to it.Yours Truly Geo. G. MackenzieP.S. There is one thing unfortunate in your article, or rather in the quotation from Mr. Ward’s letter. It is the expression in favor of putting the Valley in charge of an army officer. I am quite convinced that nothing could go further to render unpopular the idea of recession. I have friends who are people of judgment and taste, and who have influence political and otherwise, and who have been strongly on our side, but who are utterly opposed to the notion of soldierism. I know well what is the general opinion on that score, and I am heartily in accord with it. No soldiers are wanted. They are not necessary. They are not ornamental. They are not useful. There is no shadow of an excuse for a [pretense?] that civil authority cannot do every thing that is needed to conduct the affairs of the reservations properly. The very suggestion of military management is06428
1893 Jan 16
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