W[illiam] R[ussell] Dudley
When you come through here or are in the Grand Forest I want you to talk with Mr Britten the Park Ranger. or with Mr Welch of Three Rivers or any of the citizens hereabouts about the matter of slaughter of deer - [even?] [illegible] & fa[illegible], by the soldier patrol in the two Natural parks of this Co. My belief is that they are right as to the desirability of changing rule 5 of the Park regulations, and that the killing of deer or other game in the parks should be absolutely forbidden. I have so written to Pinchot, asking him to see the Sec'y of Interior, so that a change may be [illegible] this summer. Soldiers should be prohibited from carrying any but side arms in the park They [dynamite?] fish also the most vicious practice that exists. Can you not writeSecy Hitchcock, or other wise use your influence to put matters on the right basis if you are convinced, as I am that the parks are being used as a game preserve for very common soldiers, while citizens are liable to arrest if found with guns in the parks. The principle is wrong. Also ask Mr Britten about the letters he has received relative to allowing the owners of Round Meadow [etc.?] to haul out wood on the new govt road when completed. This is an old question - that of the strong desirability of exhausting [their?] titles to all private claims on the Grant Forest before this road is completed. If trees about Round & Tharps meadow are cut, it means a ruin of the most charming feature of the Park. Whether they are cut03015
Three Rivers [Calif.]
1902 Jun 16
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