Mr. Davis to Mr. West.
Washington, May 7, 1883.
Sir: With reference to the note of this Department of the 17th ultimo to you concerning the raids of Canadian Indians in the northwestern Territories of this country, I now have the honor to inclose herewith [Page 501] for your information a copy of a report received by the War Department in relation to the capture of a party of British intruding Indians on the 14th ultimo, by the commanding officer at Fort Assinniboine.
Inviting your attention to the indorsement on the communication above mentioned, of the 20th ultimo, of the department commander, directing that the captured Indians should be conducted under escort to the line and sent across with the rifles and ponies they had, unless the thieves or stolen stock could be identified,
I have, &c.,