but I am advising you to accept such, as it will be for your best interests. Many of you old people may not care for allotments, but your children will need them, and to have the privilege of taking 160 acres instead of 80 acres will be of great advantage to all of you.
I am inclined to think that my friend who asked such an exorbitant price for the land a few minutes ago, and with whom I have been talking Sioux, must have been joking when he said he wanted $10.00 per acre. If I should entertain such a proposition I would be regarded as having lost my reasoning faculties and would be called back to be doctored.
Now my friends, I want to state another reason why I have been sent here without being hampered and tied down by instructions, which is, that the Department believes me capable to negotiate an agreement that Congress will ratify, also that I know it would be useless for me to conclude an agreement with you people that would not be accepted by Congress, at least without reasonable belief that it would meet with approval. The price that I have offered you represents a large sum of money. If that money should all be in silver dollars it would take a great many teams and wagons to haul it. Now I will repeat the sum again. At $3.75 per acre, that land amounts to $960,670. The first payment would be made to you within 90 days after the agreement is ratified by Congress, that is about as soon as the money could be gotten around. It would be $260,670, for the first payment, or about $195.00 apiece for 1340 persons, which would be eight persons more than you now have on your rolls. After the large first payment, it leaves $70,000 a year for ten years. That is the amount for 1340 persons as now on the rolls of your agency, and divided among that number would be $52.20 for each man, woman and child, each year for ten years. You see my friends that this is a very large amount of money, in silver it would be over thirty-one