UNITED STATES SENATE.
Washington, D. C, Dec. 30, 1911.
Hon. David Eccles,
Ogden, Utah. Dear Mr. Eccles:
Referring to the civil and criminal proceddings in Oregaon in which the Oregon Lumber Company, yourself and others are concerned, and the result of our interview with the Attorney Genreral, will state, that I am this day in receipt of a letter from tho Attorney General, a copy of which is as follows:
""Honorable Reed Smoot,
United States Senate.
My dear Senator:
I have lookde very carefully into the civil and criminal proceedings in Oregon in which the Oregon Lumber Company, David Eccles and others are concerned, and about which I conferred with you and him and Mr. Nibley on the 15th inst. My conclusion is that, in order to justify me in authorizing a settlement of this litigation, the parties involved should tender to the goverment not only a reasonable conpensatin for the lands which they got from the United States, but also something in addition by way of punitive damages. If this were done it might be proper under the peculiar circumstances surrounding these transactions to dismiss the criminal as well as the civl cases. If mr. Eccles, and his associates, care to submit a definite proposition of settlement along theselines I will instruct the United States Attorney to suspend further proceedings in Oregon until the matter may be further considered end definitely passed upon. I am advised by the United States Attorney that the indictment has been set for trail the latter part of February or early in March next.
(signed) Geo. W. Wickersham,
I would suggest that whatever action you intend to take in the matter should he promptly decided upon, and I believe that it is of sufficient importance that you should visit Washington again and made whatever offer you have to make, if any, to the Attorney-General in person. If I can be of any assistance to you, please call upon me.
With very best wishes, I remain,
Yours very truly,
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