Superintendent John Francis Jr. informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs Cato Sells that his night watchman caught one of John Griffin's drivers stealing coal from the Carlisle Indian School under the direction of Griffin, who contracts with the school to haul coal from the side track to the school's power house. Both the driver and Griffin were arrested, and Francis is finding a new contractor because Griffin can't do the job from prison. Assistant Commissioner E. B. Meritt tells Francis to cancel the school's contract with Griffin.
Francis does cancel Griffin's contract and forwards three bids for new contractors desiring to haul 1500 tons of coal from the side track to the boiler house. Meritt tells Francis to pick Robert Thompson, who had had the lowest bid. Commissioner Sells approves the contract.