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B.Statement showing present condition of contracts not closed at date of last annual report.

Name of deputy.

No. of con

tract.

Date.

Location of work.

Remarks.

John P. Apthorp 20 May 20, 1875 Islands in Gulf coast, from | Balance of work forwarded

township 26 south to Casey's October 6, 1877.

Кеу. Walter Gwynn .. 22 June 31, 1876 Islands in Lake Jessup, town: On account of special deposit.

ship 20 south, range 31 east. ! Work not yet forwarded. Edw. E. Ropes... 24 Dec. 11, 1876 5 Islands in Denler Lake, town! On account of special deposit.

ship 16 south, range 29 east. Not returned, the deputy be

ing unable to complete the survey on account of high

water in the lake. W. J. McEddy.... 23 July 8, 1876 Islands in Lake Harris, town: On account of special deposit.

ship 20 south, range 25 east. Work forwarded July 2, 1877. Charles F. Smith 25 Feb. 10, 1877 Resurvey of townships 42, 43, , Contract canceled.

and 44 south, range 43 east. D. D. Rogers...... 26 May 8, 1877 Islands in Halifax River, ; On account of special deposit.

township 15 south, range 331 Work forwarded November east.

6, 1877. Charles F. Smith 27 June 22, 1877 Unsurveyed lands and islands Contract returned.

on the Gulf coast. A. C. Hughey .......... Jan. —, 1877 Resurvey of Dewees grant. Contract canceled.

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D.- Estimate of appropriations required for the surveying service in the district of Florida for

the fiscal year ending June 30, 1878. Salary of surveyor general........

$2,000 Salary of chief clerk ........

....................................... 1. 600 Salary of draughtsman ....

1,400 Salary of transcribing clerk.

1,200 Rent and contingent expenses.

1,000 Surveying the public lands...

10,000

17, 200 LEROY D. BALL,

Surreyor General.

SURVEYOR GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Tallahassee, Fla., September 14, 1878.

C.-Report of the surreyor general of Minnesota.

UNITED STATES SURVEYOR GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Saint Paul, Minn., August 31, 1878. SIR: I have the honor to submit herewith, in duplicate, my annual report of the surveying operations in this district for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1878.

All the surveys under contract at the date of last annual report, and all surveys chargeable to the appropriation for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1878, have been completed, examined, and approved, the plats and transcripts of field notes transmitted to the General Land Office, and plats and descriptive sheets furnished the local land offices.

The several statements and estimates accompanying this report will exhibit the progress and present condition of the field and office work to this date, and are as follows:

A. Statement showing the completion of contracts entered into on account of the $13,500 assigned to Minnesota for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1877, from the appropriation of $300,000, act of July 31, 1876.

B. Statement showing the completion of contracts entered into on account of the $12,400 assigned to Minnesota for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1878, from the appropriation of $300,000, act of March 3, 1877.

C. Statement of contracts entered into on account of the $15,000 assigned to Minnesota for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1879, from the appropriation of $300,000, act of June 20, 1878.

D. Statement of original, Commissioner's, and register's plats made and date of transmission to the general and local land offices.

E. Statement of townships surveyed in Minnesota since last annual report, showing area and number of miles, including meanders, in each; also number of miles of standard and meridian and township lines, and total number of acres surveyed in the State.

F. Estimates of appropriations required for continuing the public surveys in Minnesota for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1880.

G. Statement showing the amount of salaries paid to surveyor general and clerks for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1878.

H. Statement of the incidental expenses of the office for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1878.

1. Statement showing condition of appropriation for surveys of public land in Minnesota for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1878.

The tide of immigration flowing into the northern and western portion of our State during the last year is unprecedented. The immense yield of all our cereals in 1877 (except the limited district ravaged by grasshoppers) attracted many thousands of the poor and industrious classes of the older and more populous States, and foreign countries, to our rich and productive soil. The reports of the several district land offices in this State will show the extent of the immigration in the vast increase in the amount of public lands disposed of, particularly under the homestead, pre-emption, and timber-culture laws.

The Saint Paul and Pacific Railroad Company is now extending its line down the Red River of the North, and will have it completed to Saint Vincent this fall, thus opening up a large and fertile section of our State heretofore deemed almost inaccessible for agriculture, owing to the great expense attending the transportation of the crops to market. Much attention is now directed to that section, and I predict a large immigration into the Red River Valley next season.

The Saint Paul and Duluth Railroad Company is constructing a branch line of their road from Thomson to the head of Knife Falls, on the Saint Louis River, which will make available the large tracts of pine timber on that river and its tributaries. In this connection I desire to repeat the suggestion in my last annual report, that Congress be requested to modify the law for the disposal of timber lands. It is well known that pine lands are of no practical value except for the timber, and it is hardly possible that the requirements of the homestead or pre-emption laws can be complied with in the entry of them.

By restricting the sale of these lands for a number of years, upon the theory of holding them for “actual settlers," when our whole experience shows that "settlements" are seldom, if ever, made thereon, the timber is taken and removed by those who would willingly purchase and pay for the land if the law would permit them to do so, and when the lands are finally “offered" there are no purchasers, because all that made them valuable has been removed. I deem this matter of sufficient importance to merit the earnest attention of Congress. All of which is respectfully submitted.

J. H. BAKER,

Surreyor General. Ho 1. J. A. WILLIAMSOX,

Commissioner General Land Office, Washington, D. C.

A.-Statement of contracts entered into by the surveyor general of Minnesota, on account of the $13,500 assigned to Minnesota, for the fiscal year ending June

30, 1877. Appropriation of $300,000, act of July 31, 1876.

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Kindred and Thurston... Sept. 23, 1876 The fourth principal meridian from the ninth correction line,

north to the international boundary, township lines between
townships 63 and 64 north, in range 3 east. Range lines be-
tween ranges 3 and 4 east, in township 64 north; between
ranges 1 and 2, 2 and 3, 3 and 4 west, in township 65 north. Sub-
division of township 65 north, in range 1 east; townships 64
and 65 north, in range 3 east; township 65 north, in ranges 1,

2, and 3 west, fourth principal meridian.
William A. Kindred ..... June 4, 1877 Subdivision of township 64 north, in range 2 east, fourth princi.

pal meridian.

$2, 254 99 Survey completed and Townships 64 and 65

approved, plats and north, in range 3
field-notes transmit east, fourth prin.
ted.

cipal meridian,
returned in last
report.

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SURVEYOR GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Saint Paul, Minn., August 31, 1878.

B.-Statement of contracts entered into by the surreyor general of Minnesota, on account of the $12,400 assigned to Minnesota, for the fiscal year ending June

30, 1878. Appropriation of $300,000, act of March 3, 1877.

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Stuntz & Hamilton....... July 7, 1877 | The ninth correction line from the corner to township 65 north,

between ranges 3 and 4 west, due west 24 miles, or to its inter-
section with the international boundary at or near Knife Lake.
Township lines between townships 65 and 66 north, in ranges
4, 5, and 6 west. Range lines between ranges 4 and 5; 5 and
6 west, in townships 65 and 66 north; between ranges 6 and 7:
7 and 8 west, in township 65 north, unless said last-named line
is the international boundary. Subdivision of township 65
north, in ranges 4, 5, 6, and 7 west; township 66 north, in

ranges 4, 5, and 6 west, of the fourth principal meridian.
Eli W. Griffin..

July 6, 1877 Township line between townships 155 and 156 north, in range 44

west. Range line between ranges 43 and 44 west, in township
155 north. Subdivision of township 155 north, in range 44 west,

of the fifth principal meridian.
Henry S. and Frank D. July 10, 1877 | The fifteenth standard parallel from the sixth guide meridian,
Howe.

due east, 18 miles. Township lines between townships 161 and
162 north, in ranges 43, 44, and 45 west ; between townships
162 and 163 north, in ranges 44 and 45 west. Range lines be-
tween ranges 42 and 43: 43 and 44: 44 and 45 west, in town.
ships 160 and 161 north; between ranges 43 and 44; 44 and 45
west, in township 162 north. Subdivision of townships 160 and
161 north, in ranges 43, 44, and 45 west; township 162 north, in

ranges 44 and 45 west, fifth principal meridian.
Ashbel Ingerson ........ July 12, 1877 Township line between townships 155 and 156 north, in range 43

west. Range lines between ranges 42 and 43: 43 and 44: 44
and 45 west, in township 156 north. Subdivision of township
156 north, in ranges 43, 44, and 45 west, fifth principal merid-
ian.

$5, 907 45 Survey completed Subdivision of town.

and approved ; ship 65 north, in ranges
plats and field 5and 7 west, and town.
notes transmit- ship 66 north, in range
ted.

6 west, fourth principal
meridian, canceled by
authority of the Com-
missioner of the Gen-
eral Land Office, letter

E, dated July 20, 1878.
444 66 Survey completed

and approved :
plats and field
notes transmit.

ted.
4,759 11 Survey completed | North and east exterior

and approved ; lines, and subdivision
plats and field of township 162 north,
notes transmit. in range 43 west, au-
ted.

thorized by special in-
structions dated Sep-
tember 5, 1877.

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SURVEYOR GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Saint Paul, Minn., August 31, 1878. C.--Statement of contracts entered into by the surreyor general of Minnesola, on account of the $15,000 assigned to Minnesota, for the fiscal year ending June

30, 1879. Appropriation of $300,000, act of June 20, 1878.

Name of deputy.

Date of con

tract.

Description of work.

Estimated liability.

Amount paid.

|

Condition of work.

Remarks.

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Henry S. and Frank D. July 25, 1878 Township lines between townships 57 and 58 north, in ranges
Howe.

15 and 16 west : between townships 58 and 59 north, in ranges 15
16, 17, and 18 west: between townships 59 and 60 north, in
ranges 15, 16, and 17 west. Range lines between ranges 14 and
15 west, in townships 57 and 58 north; between ranges 15 and
16 west, in townships 57, 58, and 59 north; between ranges 16
and 17 and 17 and 18 west, in townships 58 and 59 north; be.
tween ranges 18 and 19 west, in township 58 north. Subdivision
of townships 57, 58, and 59 north, in ranges 15 and 16 west;
townships 38 and 59 north, in range 17 west ; township 58 north,

in range 18 west, fourth principal meridian.
Stuntz and Hamilton ....Ang. 7, 1878 Subdivision of township 67 north, in range 4 west ; township 66

north, in range 6 west; township 65 north, in range 7 west,
fourth principal meridian.

1, 350 00

No returns.

J. H. BAKER,

Surveyor General.

SURVEYOR GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Saint Paul, Minn., August 31, 1878.

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