From the very first entry ever to the most recent notations done by his predecessor, it was undeniable the information had been manipulated. Entire years of data were reduced to mere paragraphs. Hundreds of records of welfare inspections, thousands of supply requisitions, all of the standard records the database should include were...missing?...omitted?...gone?
Teague spent a very long time wondering what his response should be. Protocol in cases such as this did exist, thought on a purely theoretical basis. His first stop should be the Territorial Bureau Chief, which was clearly not viable since the alteration of records on this scale could never happen without the Chief being aware.
Procedure then placed the responsibility on the Territorial Governor. It was even less likely that Halgarn was not aware. It presented an insoluble dilemma without further research on his part.
This snippet was selected for the weekly Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday Snippet and is from a work in progress, Josiah Teague: Territorial Agent (a paranormal Western) Previous snippets in this series may be viewed here.