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C. M. Ricker to Charles Morris

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Medicine Lodge, Barbour Co. Kan.
Nov. 6, 1874
Quite a large body of Pawnees are in this state, to the east of this point, ostensibly on their way to fight Osages. They have not yet disturbed persons, or property save by firing the prairies.
Please send me instructions as to the manner in which I shall deal with this and similar parties of ?Friendlys.?
Large fires in the south & south west indicate that an effort is being made to burn off the entire Range which would be at this time a serious calamnity The grass is about all that is left, after Indian, drouth & grashopper raids


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A fact of which the Indians are well aware.
C. M. Ricker
Cpt. &c
The Adjt. Gen-
Topeka, Kans
I extend to his Excellency the Governor, upon his endorsement by the people of Barbour county, and by the whole state, my congratulations.

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Capt. C.M. Ricker Reports a large body of Pawnee Indians in Barbour Co. and the burning of the prairie.
Nov. 6 1874

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