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STATE TREASURER’S CONTINGENT FUND.
Paid D. W. Smith for services in Treasurer's office from October 1, 1881, to February 28, 1882, inclusive.......
.......$ Paid M. L. Conger for services in Treasurer's office from March 1,
1882, to December 31, 1882, inclusive. Paid N. M. Smith for services in Treasurer's office from January 1,
1883, to June 30, 1883, inclusive .....
Funds deposited for benefit of McGregor & Sioux City Railroad Company, by
virtue of section 7, chapter 58, Laws of Twelfth General Assembly, by Theo. Hawley, agent for occupants of the following lands:
CR. 1883. June 30. By cash balance in treasury....
Funds deposited for benefit of D. M. & Ft. D. R. R. Company, by virtue of sec
tion 8, chapter 22, Laws of Eleventh General Assembyl. 1881.
Sec. Tp. R. July 22. By E. B. Soper, for nw frl 1 of nw of ......... 3 99 34 $224.00
CR. 1883. June 30. By cash balance in treasury......
SECRETARY OF STATE
GOVERNOR OF IOWA,
Of the Transactions of the Land Department.
JULY 1, 1883.
'J. A. T. HULL, SECRETARY OF STATE.
OFFICE OF SECRETARY OF STATE, I
DES MOINES, Iowa. : D
To his Excellency, BUREN R. SHERMAN, Governor of Iowa:
SIR—The Eighteenth General Assembly, by act approved March 30, 1880, provided that on and after the first Monday of January, 1883, the office of Register of State Land Office should be abolished, and that all of the books, papers, maps, furniture, and property of every description, belonging to his office should then be turned over to the Secretary of State, who should have possession and control of the same, and thereafter discharge all duties which the law formerly required to be performed by the said Register.
Pursuant to this law, the records and property of said office came into my possession on the first day of January, 1883, and the new duties imposed thereby upon this office have been performed as by said act required.
This law allows me one additional clerk, at a salary of twelve hundred dollars per annum, to perform the work pertaining to the Land Department. This is but a fair compensation for one who is competent to discharge the duties of principal clerk of the Land Department.
My connection with this branch of the public service has satisfied me of the insufficiency of the allowance for clerk hire. There is much more labor to be performed in this connection than I at first anticipated. The ordinary and current work, issuing and recording the conveyances, answering correspondence, exhibiting the records for the inspection of interested visitors, etc., is sufficient to keep one clerk almost constantly employed; but when there is added to this the labor of copying field-notes and plats of the United States surveys, making abstracts of lands conveyed, and making certified copies of