[December Fri 28] George Curtis, a mail carrier for Fish, on Valdez route committed suicide last night in his cabin two doors west of our cabin. He seems to have been drinking for some days - so grew despondent and hanged himself. He left letters - one to W. K. Brandon, one to Fish, and one to his sister, a Mrs Pitkins in Boston, Mass. He is said to have cashed a draft a few days ago for Fish, and a package supposed to be money is in Sawyers hands. Coroners jury - suicide.
Have abandoned our hunting trip.
Issued two more writs of Mandamus to Recorders of Mining District near Circle City, upon application of Claypool.