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country, gave us their written promise and obigation to aggressively
enforce the law if we would proceed with the payment. With this assurance the payment was made, and Osage country has since been one of the dryest localities in the United States, with exceedingly gratifying results, not only to the Indians, but to the business men and taxpayers of that vicinity. "We have since carried out this same procedure everywhere throughout the Indian country of the United States. "About two years ago we commenced the enforcement of the Chippewa treaty of 1855, covering one-fifth of the state of Minnesota. This law had been unenforced for years. The supreme court of the United States, construing this Indian treaty, held that it was in full force and effect. "Within two years we have driven out of this terri tory every open saloon, and the treaty is being strictly enforced. "There have been other intoxicants sold to the Indians than li quor and beer, lemon and other extracts, peoto, mescal and twissen with effects upon those drinking them similar to whisky. Our cam paign involves intoxicants by whatever name known. "During the last few years the fines imposed by the courts a gainst violators have equaled the entire appropriation made by con gress, thus relieving the government of every dollar of liquor enforce ment expense. "The Indian bureau officers for the suppression of the liquor traffic among Indians consists of one chief special officer and twenty special officers, with numerous deputies. They are experienced, in telligent and earnest men, faithfully undertaking the performance of their duties. "Altogether, our progress has been remarkably successful. While we have not entirely suppressed either the introduction or the use of liquor among Indians, our accomplishments have been exceed ingly gratifying, in many localities wholly successful, and every where causing a decided improvement. To the extent that the use of liquor has been reduced the Indians, have prospered, and likewise the business men of their respective communities. 10.