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Amount paid for lumber
$868 78 9,024 72
311 67 584 29 269 25
321 20 1,034 40
361 14 5,363 13 2,904 08 12, 535 88 10, 203 50
300 30 16, 824 43
593 25 1, 247 98
489 04 2,728 00
884 34 2,000 00 1, 204 35 1,069 00 54,064 85
145, 303 06 119, 696 94
265, 000 00
125, 000 00
To balance for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1877.
$119, 696 94 To expend tures for same..
145, 303 06 By appropriation for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1876... By appropriation for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1877, made available on passage of act for general improvements....
$100, 000 00 Less amount for ventilation.
33, 000 00 For paving East Capitol street...... For paving east court.
67, 000 00
9,000 00 64, 000 00
265, 000 00 265,000 00
Balance on hand July 1, 1877
119, 696 94
As the improvements of these grounds advance, the necessity of erecting more imposing stairways of entrance to the building at the westeru front becoines more apparent. The rustic terraces at that front have a plain and unfinisbed appearance, and show clearly the necessity of the proposed terrace-wall, in order to connect the grounds with the building iu a harmonious manner.
Mr. Olmsted says, on this subject, “that attention should be called to the great defects of the present arrangement for entering the Capitol from the west. The present stairway was designed with reference to an original small central building, and was architecturally inadequate even for that. It now serves as the only direct means of access to the Capi. tol from all the western part of the city, and is not only awkward and mean in appearance, but exceedingly inconvenient, and rapidly approaching a dangerous condition.”
The obliteration of the central walk and the completion of the entrance to the approach of the Capitol from Pennsylvania avenue, which is designed on a scale corresponding to that of the enlarged Capitol, will make its defects more conspicuous. The immediate construction of the vew stairways, upon the plan favorably reported by the Committees of Public Buildings and Grounds in 1875, is much to be desired.
Amount expended from June 30, 1876, to June 30, 1877.
$38, 312 18
6, 739 6 5, 218 66 5,212 50 4, 500 00 4,663 33 2,511 71 2,926 5 1, 000 00 1, 437 23 1,119 48
689 40 839 04 536 80 329 15 201 22 199 96 197 78 100 00 60 00 54 00
26 00 1,075 07
78,000 00 78, 000 00
Amount appropriated June 30, 1876
Owing to leaks in the roof, caused in a measure by the injudicious use of iron shovels in clearing ice from the gutters, the ceilings of the courtrooms became much damaged. These have been repaired, and the ceil. ing of the criminal court repainted.
By direction of Chief Justice Cartter, new sash were put in all the win. dows of court-rooms, on a plan devised by him, which arrangement will greatly improve the ventilation of those rooins.
The rooms occupied by the register of deeds have been painted and papereil, and an additional room fitted up and assigned to accommodate tbe recorils and increased work of that officer.
The entire building has been kept in good repair. I renew my recommendation for heating the court-rooms and corridors with a steam apparatus. At present the foriner is beated with ordinary hot-air furnaces, and the latter are not heated at all.
BOTANICAL GARDEN AND BARTHOLDI FOUNTAIN,
The Bartholdi fountain, purchased by virtne of the act approved March 3, 1877, has been removed from the Fairmount Park, Philadelpbia, and places in the Botanical Garden, as directed by the Committee ou Public Buildings and Grounds, and that of the Library.
These grounds being so low, and subject to overflow during hari rains and bigh tides, the fountain has been set sufficiently high to admit of the grounds around it to be filled to a proper grade to prevent such overflow.
It is proposed to raise and increase in size the marble rim around the basin of the fountain to correspond to the new grade.
No funds being available for putting the fountain in place, the labor necessary has been performed by persons employed on the Capitol grounds.
A small appropriation will be necessary for the water and gas supply to it, and for the rock-work around it.
A new heating apparatus has been put in one of the houses, and the buildings generally kept in good condition.
Work on the foundation of the Naval Monument began in November, 1876.
An excavation of six feet disclosed the presence of an old gravel marsh, which was entirely too soft to bear the weight designed to be put upon it. The excavation was continued for 10 feet with no better result, and piling was resorted to. Twenty-seven white-oak piles were driven 18 feet, or until they did not sink more than 1 inch under a blow of an 1,800-pound hammer falling 20 feet. These were then sawed off at the bottom of the excavation, large stone laid orer the top to act as caps, avd the whole excavation filled in solid with concrete to a level with the surface. Upon this the masonry wbich serves as the base of the monument rests.
There has been no perceptible sinking of the mass, as a whole, or in any part.
The monument proper was commenced in May and finished in Juls. The gravite base and approaches are now in process of construction. Very respectfully submitted.
Architect United States Capitol. Hon. CARL SCHURZ,
Secretary of the Interior.
Abandoned military reservations, 43.
to the Commissioner, 549; location of agency,
ment, 550 ; appearance of small-pox, 550.
tem in Idaho Territory, 56; Washington Terri.
New Mexico Territory, 66.
work performed in, 108.
remainiog ansurveyed, up to June 30, 1877, 1
correct error in, 7; respecting the limits of res.
cases, 127, 129, 132, 133, 131.
Berthold agency, Dakota, 455.
County, New York, survey of, 71.
der of, vii.
appropriation for subsistence of, 616, 622; act
ern agency, New Mexico, 616.
Women, 872; charter, 872; by-laws and regula-
amount due, 616.
Virginia military district of Ohio, 106.
Arizona, exteasion of public surveys in, 57; res.
ervation of public lands in, for military purposes,
in certain cases, 8.
agency, Oregon, 573.
vada agency, Nevada, 546.
agency, Indian Territory, 486.
River agency, California, 437.
House of Representatives, lii.
agency, Montana, 533.
of Agent Young to Commissioner, 527; removal
of, on the reform of the service, 405.
Green Bay agency. Wisconsin, 598.
Round Valley agency, California, 435.
to entry with cash only, 431.
sion agency, California, 431.
settlement of private lavd.claims in the State
coal do not pass to, 138.
report of Agent Morford to Commissioner, 427;
defining the boundaries of, 632.
annual report of Agent Simms to the Commis-
ious interests, 582; buildings, 583.