But they certainly did
violate the terms of the lease, and I am informed by my officials that the violations of the terms of the lease were made without the knowledge or consent of the department. As responsible minister in charge of the department, when information was received to the effect that the terms of the lease were being violated, I deemed it my duty to have an investigation made, and this was done. As we had no officer in the Department of the Interior to carry out the investigation we requested the nearest Indian agent, Mr. Macdonald, to make the investigation, and this he did. The action followed.