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This is the first place that I have read that Henry Gage was involved in this. I don't doubt that he was involved, somehow. However, I have read almost everything we had at NARA DC that I could find that related to the Itata, and my understanding is that Pres. Benjamin Harrison sent William Howard Taft the U.S. Solicitor General to San Diego California (where his father was then living) and that he was specifically instructed to do the job himself (though I think his father may have advised him at the specific request of the Atty Gen). Could somebody who knows the sources on Mr. Gage clarify this a bit ? I was working on the Itata and somebody came in and made a mess of it, and added the stuff about Henry Gage in a very badly ungraceful way and I don't know enough about Mr. Gage to be able to sort that part of the recent additions, and would prefer not to remove info from the Itata Article if it has some relevance.John5Russell3Finley 06:38, 14 August 2007 (UTC)