Testimony taken by the Committee on Indian Affairs - 1885
Testimony taken by the Committee on Indian Affairs


J. W. HAMILTON recalled.
By the Chairman:

Question. What do the books of your association which have been sent for contain?—Answer. I think they contain the salaries of officers, attorneys’ fees, expenses of rewards, surveys of the country; and we have inspectors hired to look after our cattle in the different cattle markets, all of which cost a considerable sum of money.
Q. Are there any other expenditures you recollect?—A. None that I recollect.
Q. What has been the amount paid out in the way you have indiĀ­cated?—A. The rewards amount to $10,000, and some of them are still unpaid. The attorneys’ fees amount to as much more. The expense of the arbitrations I don’t know. They were paid from time to time on certified accounts. I think the average cost of surveys was about $1.20 a mile. Our five inspectors receive $1,800 a year each.
Q. All of these expenses come out of the excess over the rental you pay the Cherokees?—A. Yes, sir; and whatever excess remains afterwards we provide shall be paid back to the members of the association.

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