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THE YEAR 1892.
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE,
Washington, D. C., December 1, 1892. To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States in Congress assembled:
As required by law, I herewith submit a report of the business of the Department of Justice during the last year.
Accompanying the report will be found a statement of the disburse. ments out of the appropriations under the control of the Attorney-General, statistics as to crimes committed against the United States prosecuted and punished, and in relation to prisoners undergoing punishment for such crimes.
An examination of this report will show that the business of the Department is continually and largely increasing. This increase, perhaps, is most noticeable in the business before the Court of Claims. The reference to that court, for investigation and findings, of claims for the taking and injury to property of persons assuming to have been loyal during the war, such claims being already between 9,000 and 10,000 in number and in amount aggregating nearly $400,000,000; and still more recently, the duty imposed upon that court of trying claims for Indian depredations, such claims already filed being over 8,000 in number and aggregating over $33,000,000, are very suggestive of the growing work of the Department.
I am glad to be able to report that, as the result of the organization of the circuit court of appeals, the number of cases in the Supreme Court is being reduced.
The docket of the Supreme Court of the United States at the close of the last term, as compared with the condition at the close of the term next preceding, shows a decrease of 120 cases. At the close of the December term, 1890, there remained undisposed of on the appellate