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was "authorized and required to turn over to the Department of the Interior” all of the Fort Ripley military reservation except a strip of railroad land, and the second proviso to the second section of said act provides that the Secretary of the Interior shall, prior to offering any quarter-section, half quarter-section, or quarter quartersection whereon are situate any public buildings or improvements, erected or made by the government, cause the said tracts, with the improvements thereon, to be appraised by three disinterested persons, and upon his approval of such appraisement shall dispose of said tracts at not less than the appraised value."

Upon informal inquiry at the General Land Office it is learned that the tracts upon which the buildings and improvements are erected are the northeast fractional quarter of section seven, and lot one, of section eight, in township one hundred and thirtyone north, of range twenty-nine west, in Minnesota, containing in the aggregate one hundred and seventy four acres and forty-seven hundredths of an acre; that the land, buildings, and improvements have been appraised at four thousand four hundred and six dollars and ten cents, and that the sale is advertised to take place on the 12th of next month (May).

The fort stands on the west bank of the Mississippi, seven miles below the mouth of Crow Wing River, and is on the Saint Paul and Pacific Railroad, which connects with the Northern Pacific at Brainerd, seventeen miles from the fort. A glance at the map of Minnesota will show that it is easy of access, at small expense, for the Chippewa children of Minnesota, or for the children of the Dacotas or Sioux in Dakota, and while this is so, it is far enough from permanent Indian reservations to prevent annoying visits from the parents of the children.

The following description, taken from a report made by the Surgeon-General of the United States Army, May 1, 1875, will indicate the character and extent of the buildings referred to, which probably cost the government thirty or forty thousand dollars, but the sale of which, with the land, will probably not realize to the goverument more tban the appraised value above stated.

The buildings at the post form three sides of a hollow sqnare, each side being 450 feet, and the river forming the fourth side. The quarters and hospital are frame buildings, lathed and plastered inside, and covered externally with boards, sheathing-paper, and weatherboards painted. The walls are filled with brick. Four buildings, one and a half stories in height, are occupied as officers' quarters, two of which are divided each into two sets. Each of the six sets is essentially the same, and consists of a hall, four rooms, pantry, and store-room in the main building. There is an attachment in the rear, consisting of cellar, kitchen, and two smali bea-rooms.

The garrison, consisting of two companies, 103 men, are quartered in the barracks, also one and a half stories high, 263 by 22 feet, with rear additions on the flanks and center. The building upon the maiu floor is divided into two sections; each section contains two dormitories, 32 by 20 by 11 feet, kitchen, and mess-room.

The rear projection at the south end contains a dormitory, 33 by 17 feet, occupied by 12 men, a firstsergeant's room, and a room for a library. The projection at the other end of the barrack contains a similar dormitory, 20 by 17 feet, and a first-sergeant's room. The dormitories are well lighted by windows and are ventilated by shafts leading into the attic, which is unobstructed by partitions and communicates with the external air by a roof-ventilator and two openings in the front wall. The heating is by wood-stoves.

There is a veranda 8 feet wide extending along the entire front. The officers' quarters and hospital have similar verandas.

The married soldiers and laundresses are quartered in several buildings and parts of buildings scattered about the post.

In addition to the buildings thus described I learn that there are others consisting of wasb-house, a magazino (which could be converted into an ice-house), store-house, stables, blacksmith's shop, barns, and out-houses. I am also reliably informed that by an expenditure of not exceeding four or five thousand dollars these buildings can be placed in excellent condition for an Indian school, as recommended by Bishop Whipple (a copy of whose letter is herewith inclosed), and believing the project to be an admirable one, I respectfully recommend that the necessary steps be taken to secure said land and buildings for the purpose herein indicated, and that in the mean time the honorable Commissioner of the General Land Office be directed to issue the necessary instructions to postpone the sale of said tracts of land and buildings. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Commissioner. Hon. S. J. KIRKWOOD,

Secretary of the Interior.


Washington, April 8, 1882. SIR: Referring to your letter of the 5th instant in relation to the adaptability of the buildings of the abandoned Fort Ripley military reserva. tion and the land upon which said buildings are located, about 1741 acres in extent, for Indian school purposes, you are respectfully inforined that, in accordance with your recommendation, the Commissioner of the General Land Office has been directed to postpone the sale of said buildings and lands pending an application to Congress for authority for their use.

I am of opinion that Congressional action will be required, and snggest that a bill be prepared in your office granting the requisite authority for the use of the property, for presentation to Congress at an early day. Very respectfully,




Washington, April 12, 1-82. Sır: Pursuant to the suggestion in your letter of the 8th inst., I have the honor to inclose herewith the draft of a bill authorizing the use of the land and buildings at the former Fort Ripley military post, in Minnesota, for the establishment of au Indiau training-school at that point. I transmit also two copies of the report of this office, dated 5th inst., showing the advisability of action like that contemplated in the bill, and respectfully request that the matter be presented to Congress, with the favorable recommendation of the department. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Commissioner. Hon. S. J. KIRKWOOD,

Secretary of the Interior.

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A communication from the Secretary of War, with plans and estimates for

the completion of Fort Maginnis, Montana.

APRIL 21, 1882.-Referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be


To the Senate and House of Representatives :

I transmit herewith, for the consideration of Congress, a letter from the Secretary of War of the 18th instant, inclosing plaus and estimates for the completion of the post of Fort Maginnis, Montana, and recommending an appropriation for the purpose of $25,000, as called for by the estimates.


April 20, 1682.


Washington City, April 18, 1882. I have the honor to transmit herewith plans and estimates for the completion of the post of Fort Maginnis, Montana.

From the correspondence accompanying, it will be seen that the appropriation already made is insufficient to complete the post in the manner proposed by the plans approved by this department, and that the additional sum now asked for is absolutely required. I therefore respectfully recommend an appropriation by Congress in accordance with the estimates, viz, $25,000. I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Secretary of War. The PRESIDENT.

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Fort Snelling, Minn., March 20, 1882. Sır: The unexpended balance of the appropriation for the construction of Fort Maginnis, in Montana, will be insufficient to complete the post.

I respectfully recommend that an additional appropriation of $25,000 be asked for to complete the post. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Brigadier-General, Commanding. THE ADJUTANT-GENERAL OF THE ARMY,

Washington, D. C.
(Through Headquarters Military Division of the Missouri.)



Chicago, Ill., March 24, 1882. Respectfully returned to the adjutant-general of the division, recommending reference to the War Department.

CHARLES H. TOMPKINS, A88istant Quartermaster-General, U. S. A., Chief Quartermaster.


Chicago, March 25, 1882. Respectfully forwarded to the Adjutant-General of the Army, approving the reeommendation of General Terry.

P. H. SHERIDAN, Lieutenant-General, Commanding.


Washington, March 28, 1882. Respectfully referred to the Quartermaster General for remark. By order of the Secretary of War.

C. MCKEEVER, Assistant Adjutant-General


Washington, March 31, 1882. Respectfully returned to the honorable Secretary of War, through the AdjutantGeneral of the United States Army.

Cougress, by act approved May 8, 1880, authorized the establishment of a new post at or near the Musselshell River, in Montana, at a cost not to exceed $50,000, and fur. ther authorized proceeds of sale of Fort Logan for the work. In sundry civil bill of June 16, 1880, the following appeared : "For the construction of a new post," &c., $40,000.' In sundry civil bill of March 3, 1881, Congress appropriated a further sum of $55,705.84.

Total thus far granted, i, e. : Act of June 6, 1880 ..

$40,000 00 Proceeds of sale of Fort Logan realized.

4, 525 00 Act of March 3, 1881 ...

55,705 84


100, 230 84

With the money thus far granted the following buildings have been completed, or will be during this year: Three storehouses; one issuing room ; quartermaster and commissary of subsistence offices; hospital; two, and nearly three, double sets of lientenants' quarters; administration building; two double barracks; guard house; bakery ; three stables; root house.

To complete the post there is still required one double barrack; commanding officer's quarters; four double sets lieutenants' quarters ; surgeon's quarters; quartermaster's stablé, to be inclosed; magazine; laundress' quarters and sinks; shops; employés' buildings, &c., and for the execution and completion of which a further grant of $25,000 is' required, and is recommended by the department and division command


Subject to the further approval of the General of the Army, I recommend that Congress be asked for the requisite money to complete the work.

I should add that the plans of the buildings for which the money is asked were, with others, approved by the Secretary of War February 8, 1881.

RUFUS INGALLS, Quartermaster-General, Brt. Maj. Gen., U. S. A.


Washington, April 4, 1882. Respectfully submitted to the Secretary of War, inviting attention to the foregoing indorsement of the Quartermaster-General.


Fort Magennis, MONT.,

February 1, 1882. SIR: I have the honor to forward herewith statement of funds and material neces. sary for the completion of Fort Maginnis.

I respectfully ask the attention of the chief quartermaster of the department to the necessity of starting the mill at this place as soon as possible, that lumber may

be gotten out and have the benefit of several months' seasoning before being put into buildings. Very respectfully, your obedient sorvant,

M. C. BARTLETT, First Lieutenant, Third Infantry, Acting Assistant Quartermaster. CHIEF QUARTERMASTER DEPARTMENT OF DAKOTA,

Fort Snelling, Minn.

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W. C. BARTLETT, First Lieutenant, Third Infantry, Acting Assistant Quartermaster. Fort MAGINNIS, Mont., January 30, 1882.

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