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this permission be granted I will at all times be able whenever advantage may have been taken of such permission to show satisfactorily to your office the necessity therefor; and should you not deem it wise to grant this general permission I must tben ask leave to employ a surveyor and such assistants as may be necessary upon a trip of investigation, leaving Las Vegas about the 23d instant. I am, sir, very respectfully,

H. H. EDDY,

Special Agent, F. L. B. Hon. N. C. MCFARLAND,

Commissioner General Land Office, Washington, D. C.

EXHIBIT 24.

UNITED STATES LAND OFFICE,

Santa Fe, N. Mex., May 7, 1883. Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith affidavit of one Calder Herring, letter of one Phelps and Love, and copy of letter from this office; also affidavit prepared for said Herring, but which he refused to take. The papers are respectfully submitted, and it is asked that the matter be investigated.

As far as the case stands, it is respectfully stated that the records show that the usual advertisements were sent to the Stockman, proper proofs were furnished and examined, proper affidavits of publication were furnished, and bills duly paid.

The publishers of the Stockman are personally unknown to me; one of them is now the postmaster at Springer, and although they have sold the Stockman to other par. ties, it is believed they are still residents of Springer and can easily be found.

I'intended to submit these papers direct to Mr. Eddy, special agent of your office, but he being in the field, it is considered best to forward them to your office. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

MAX FROST,

Register. Hon. N. C. MCFARLAND,

Commissioner General Land Office, Washington, D. C.

UNITED STATES LAND OFFICE,

Santa , N. Mex., April 26, 1883. Calder Herring, a citizen of the United States, and of Colfax County, New Mexico, being duly sworn according to law, deposes and says:

That one Frank Phelps, a printer, handed him two copies of the Colfax Count! Stockmau, a paper printed and published at Springer, N. Mex., during the month of March, 1883, by Clark & Sturges, that the papers he so received are dated the 3d and 17th of March, 1883, respectively; that one copy of each of these issues contains publications of land notices Nos. 1404, Abraham C. Lewis ; 1705, John W. Powell; 1709, Francisco Pino; 1715, Miguel Abcytia; No. 1716, Ambrosio Lopey; 1727, Joan Francisco Chaucy, and one copy does not contain these notices; he states that he is of the opinion that these discrepancies were made with a fraudulent intent, and believes tho same should be investigated.

CALDER HERRING. Sworn to and subscribed to before me this 26th day of April, 1883.

MAX FROST,

Register.

UNITED STATES LAND OFFICE,

Santa Fé, N. Mex., April 26, 1883. Calder Herring, a citizen of Colfax County, New Mexico, being duly sworn, upon his oath deposes and says:

That he is informed by one Frank Phelps, a printer, that in several issues of the Stockman, a paper published in Springer, Colfax County, several land notices, viz : Numbers 1705, Johnw. Powell; 1709, Francisco Pino; 1765, Miguel Abeytia; No. 1716, Ambrosio Lopey; 1727, Juan Francisco Chauncy; 1704, Abraham Č. Levis; were not published in the entire edition of the paper, but only in a few copies; the pspers issued for general distribution did not contain these notices; he has several such copies in his possession ; he believes that Clark and Sturges, publishers of that paper at the time, are responsible for this act.

SPRINGER, 23, 3, 1883. DEAR SIR : You want to watch your little printing racket; some one may give you away. We have positive evidence of the matter. Yours,

F. F. PHELPS.

F. M. LOVE. Mr. Max FROST.

UNITED STATES LAND OFFICE,

Santa Fé, N. Mex., March 26, 1883. SIR: I have received on the evening of the 24th March, 1883, a communication signed in same band by Mr. F. F. Phelps and you, which I do not understand. I cannot imagine what you refer to. You are therefore requested to fully state what you mean by the mysterious letter alluded to.

You will please understand that if you refer to anything connected in any way with the official business of the ottice, you are invited to "give away,” as you term it, as I invite the fullest investigation into my official acts.

In order to be certain of your receipt of this letter, the same is registered. It will suggest itself readily to you that I have the right to receive the explanation asked for, and if not given, shall as soon as I am able get away from here demand it in person. Respectfully,

MAX FROST,

Register. E. F. LOVE, Esq.,

Springer, N. Jer.

EXHIBIT 25.

UNITED STATES LAND OFFICE,

Arroyo de los Conchos, N. Mex., May 9, 1883. Mark Howell and O. H. Bryant, being duly sworn, depose and say, each for himself and not one for the other, that he has read report No. 80, hereto attached, and that of his own knowledge he knows the same to be true.

MARK HOWELL.

0. H. BRYANT. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 17th day of May, 1883.

H. H. EDDY, Special Agent, F. L. E.

(Report No. 80.)

UNITED STATES LAND OFFICE, IN THE FIELD,

Arroyo de los Conchos, N. Mex., May 9, 1383. Hon. N. C. McFarLAND,

Commissioner General Land Office, Washington, D. C.: SIR: I have the honor to report that I have this day examined the homestead exomption of Atancio Sena, of the S. $ NE. 1, N. SE, 1 of Sec. 33, T. 13 north, R. 24 east, and have found thereon two small stone houses and a small corral, bnt that the said improvements were not made by the applicant, and that he has never lived upon said claim. Very respectfully,

H. H. EDDY,

Special Agent, F. 'L. E. Witnesses:

EPIFANIO BACA, and

PABLO BACA.
MARK HOWELL, Surreyor.

EXHIBIT 26. COUNTY OF SAN MIGUEL,

Territory of New Mexico, 88 : Mark Howell and 0. H. Bryant, being duly sworn, depose and say, each for himself and not one for the other, that he has read the report, No. 81, hereto attached, and that of his own knowledge he koows the same to be true.

MARK HOWELL.

0. H. BRYANT. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 26th day of May, 1883.

H. H. EDDY, Special Agent, F. L. E.

(Report No. 81.)

UNITED STATES LAND OFFICE,

Arroyo de los Conchos, N. Mer., May 9, 183. Hon. N. C. McFARLAND,

Commissioner General Land Office, Washington D. C.: Sir: I have the honor to report that I have this day examined the homestead entry of Patricio Sera, of the NW. I of Sec. 34, T. 13 N., R. 24 E., and after careful indentification and examination have found no improvements or other evidence of occupation thereon. In accordance with the statements of witnesses Epifanio Baca and Pablo Baca, the applicant is only fifteen years old. Respectfully,

H. H. EDDY,

Special Agent, F. L, E. MARK HOWELL, Surveyor.

EXHIBIT 27. COUNTY OF SAN MIGUEL,

Territory of New Mexico, 88 : Mark Howell and W. M. Baker, being duly sworn, depose and say, each for him. self and not one for the other, that he has read the report, No. 89, hereto attached, and that of his own knowledge he knows the same to be true.

MARK HOWELL.

W. M. BAKER. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 26th day of May, 1883.

H. H. EDDY, Special Agent, F. L. E.

(Report No. 89.)

UNITED STATES LAND OFFICE,

Arroyo de los Conchos, N. Mer., May 10, 1083. Hon. N. C. McFARLAND),

Commissioner General Land Office, Washington, D. C. : SIR: 1 ve the honor to report that ve this day examined the homestead entry of Jesus Maria Muses, of the N. 1 NE. 1, N. J NW. 1 of Sec. 2, T. 13 N., R. 24 E., and after careful identification and examination have found no improvements or other evidence of occupation thereon. Respectfully,

H. H. EDDY,

Special Agent, F. 1. £. Mark HOWELL, Surveyor.

EXHIBIT 28. COUNTY OF SAN MIGUEL,

Territory of New Mexico, 88: Mark Howell and W. M. Baker being duly sworn, depose and say, each for himself, and not one for the other, that he has read the report, No. 1, hereto attached, and that of his own knowlodge he knows the same to be true.

MARK HOWELL.
W. M. BAKER.

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 26th day of May, 1883.

H. H. EDDY, Special dgent, F. L. E.

(Report No. 91.)

UNITED STATES LAND OFFICE,

Arroyo de los Conchos, N. Mex., May 10, 1883. Hon. N. C. McFARLAND,

Commissioner General Land Office, Tashington, D. C.: SIR: I have the honor to report that I have this day examined the homestead entry of Rafael Chavez, of the SE. 7 of Sec. 2, T. 13 N., R. 24 E., and after careful identitication and examination have found no improvements or other evidence of occupation thereon. Respectfully,

H. H. EDDY,

Special Agent, F. Í. E. MARK HOWELL, Surveyor.

EXHIBIT 29.

UNITED STATES LAND OFFICE,

Santa , N. Mex., May 10, 1883. SIR: I have the honor to forward herewith for the consideration of your office contest affidavits, duly corroborated, versus homesteads Nos. 749, 750, 751, 1054, final proofs having been consummated in these cases.

The affidavits are in sufficiently good shape for attention, and it is recommended that a hearing be granted.

From conversation bad with some of the parties who presented themselves at this office these cases seem to be fraudulent. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

MAX FROST,

Register. Hon. N. C. MCFARLAND,

Commissioner General Land Office, Washington, D. C.

Affidavit to be filed before contest.

UNITED STATES LAND OFFICE,

Santa , N. Mex., April 26, 1883. Personally appeared before me, Max Frost, register of the land office at Santa Fe, N. Mex., Manuel A. Vigil, of Mora County, Territory of New Mexico, who upon his oath says: That he is well acquainted with the tract of land embraced in the homestead entry of Antonio Chanez, No. 1054, made March 27, 1882, N. SE. I Lot 1, Sec. 32, and Lots 3 and 4, Sec. 333, T. 24 N., R. 16 E., and knows the present condition of the same; also, that the said Antonio Chanez has wholly abandoned said tract and changed his residence therefrom for more than three years since making said entry and next prior to the date herein; that said tract is not settled upon and cultivated by said party as required by law; and this the said contestant is ready to provo at such time and place as may be named by the register and receiver for a hearing in said case; and he therefore asks to be allowed to prove said allegations, and that said homestead entry No. 1054 may be declared canceled and forfeited to the United States, he, the said contestant paying the expenses of such hearing.

MANUEL A. VIGIL. Sworn and subscribed this day and year above written, before

MAX FROST,

Register

Receirer.

(United States land office, Santa Fé, N. Mex.)

Personally appeared before me this 4th day of May, 1883, José Pablo Garduno and José Melendez Montoya, who upon their oaths say that they were well acquainted with the facts set forth in the foregoing affidavit of Manuel A. Vigil, and know the same to be true.

JOSÉ PABLO GARDUNO.
JOSÉ MELENDEZ + MONTOYA.

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Sworn and subscribed before me, a justice of the peace in and for Mora County, New Mexico, precinct No. 13, this 4th day of May, 1833.

JUAN BGARSIA,

Justice of the Peace.

A fridarit to be filed before contest.

UNITED STATES LAND OFFICE, May 4, 1883. Personally appeared before me, a justice of the peace in and for Mora County, New Mexico, Antonio Maria Rivero, of Mora County, Territory of New Mexico, who a pod his oath says: That he is well acquainted with the tract of land embraced in the boinestead entry of Pedro Antonio Martinez, No. 749, made September 27, 1881, for the SE.

Sec. 29, T. 24 N., R. 16 E., and knows the present condition of the same; also, that the said (Pedro Antonio Martinez bas wholly abandoned said tract and changed his residence therefrom for more than thirty months since making said entry, and nest prior to the date herein; that said tract is not settled upon and cultivated by said party as required by law; and this the said contestant is ready to prove at such time and place as may be named by the register and receiver for a hearing in said case ; .and he therefore asks to be allowed to prove said allegations, and that said homestead entry No. 749 may be declared canceled and forfeited to the United States, he, the said contestant, paying the expenses of such hearing.

ANTONIO MARIA RIBERA,

Sworn to and subscribed this day and year above written, before

JUAN B. GARSIA, Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 13, Mora County, Nero Merico.

(United States land office, Santa Fé, N. Mex.)

Personally appeared before me this 4th day of May, 1883, Pedro Medina and Tomas Pacheco, who npon their oaths say, that they were well acquainted with the facta set forth in the foregoing affidavit of Antonio Maria Rivera, and know the same to be true.

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his TOMAS + PACHECO.

mark. Sworn and subscribed before me, a justice of the peace in and for Mora County, New Mexico, precinct No. 13, this 4th day of May, 1883.

JUAN B. GARSIA,

Justice of the Peace.

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