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existed in the division of this office charged with the adjustment of these grants. Now that the facts are brought to my attention, demands will be made for the several amounts due, and the result promptly reported to the department.

The proviso in the act of 1876, before quoted, applies to all the ' corporations” herein named, but the above are the only ones to which patents have issued that have failed to reimburse the government for the expense of surveying and patenting lands.

In conclusion, I have to state that the information asked for by the resolution covered a wide range of subjects, and that to answer the same satisfactorily has required the unremitting labor of all the available clerks in the railroad division for the past forty days. The delay has been caused almost entirely by the failure on the part of this office in the past, at the time when land grants to aid in the construction of railroads were first extensively made, to adopt and perfect a comprehensive system of procuring and keeping in a concise and convenient form all matters of information relative to each particular grant. It has been necessary, in collecting much of the information here presented, to examine correspondence relative to a particular grant, covering a period of twenty-five years; also to measure, in almost every case, the line of definite location of a road in order to determine its length “as located," because of failure on the part of railroad companies to state the length of road, and because such information was not necessary to this office in the adjustment of a grant, and had not therefore been previously ascertained. In order to determine what roads had not been completed in the time named in the granting acts and amendments thereto, it was necessary to examine every grant made to a State or corporation, such fact, like the preceding one referred to, not being a necessary concomitant in the adjustment of a grant since the Schulenberg vs. Harriman case, hereinbefore referred to.

For many years past the majority of the force of the raiload division of this office has been engaged in the settlement of contests between settlers and railroad companies, and the increase of that class of cases has been so rapid, the rulings of the executive and judicial departments of the government so diversified, and new legislative acts relative to land grants so numerous, that but a small portion of the division could bave been assigned to the adjustment of railroad grants without detriment to the interests of settlers, which have been considered paramount to others in conducting the business. When it is understood that to properly adjust all the grants in question the status of each 40acre tract must be examined and determined; that there are not only hundreds of thousands but millions of said tracts, and that the status of many traets involves not one but many questions of law, the magnitude of the work to be performed will be apparent.

The interests of settlers within the limits of these grants, the interests of the railroad companies and those of the people of the United States, demand that these grants should be adjusted at the earliest possible date and the lands now withdrawn not needed to satisfy grants restored to entry, and that the proper force of competent clerks should be provided for such purpose.

The resolution does not call for any copies of papers or correspondence bearing upon the subject therein involved, consequently none have been prepared. Of course there is on file and of record a vast amount of correspondence pertaining to the business of these various railroad compa nies, and their controversies with individual settlers. To give copies of

the same would require a long time and indefinitely postpone this report. If, however, Congress should desire and designate copies of any such correspondence, they will be furnished. The resolution is herewith returned. Very respectfully,

N. C. McFARLAND,

Commissioner. Hon. S. J. KIRKWOOD,

Secretary of the Interior.
H. Ex. 144 -3

A.-Statement showing States and corporations to which grants have been made to aid in the

STATES.

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Miss. Aug. 11,'56 11 30 10

Aug. 11, '66

Gulf and Ship Islanda. Aug. 11,'56 11 30 10

Aug. 11, '66

Tuscaloosa and Mobile. 1

(from Meridian to the

Alabama State line).b Aug. 11, '56 11 30 10

. Aug. 11, '66

Mobile and New Or

leans.c Ala .. Aug. 11,'56 11 30 10

Aug. 11, '66

.do La .. Aug. 11,'56 11 30 10

Aug. 11, '66

do Ala.. June 3, '56 11 17 10

June 3, '66

Coosa and Tennesseed June 3, '56 11 17

June 3. '66

Coosa and Chattoogad June 3, 56 11 17 10

June 3, '66

Elyton and Beard's

Bluff
June 3, 56 11 17 10

June 3,'66

Memphis and Charleg.,

ton.e June 3,'56 11 17 10

June 3, *66

Mobile and Girard | June 3, '56 11 17 10

June 3, '66

Selma, Rome and Dal. May 23, '72 17 159 ....

ton, formerly Ala

bama and Tennesseeg Mar. 3,'57 11 195 10

Mar. 3. '67

Savannah and Albanyh Fla .. May 17, '56 11 15 10

May 17, '66

Atlantic, Gulf and

West India Trapait, formerly Florida Rail.

road. May 17, '56 11 15 10

May 17,'66

Pensacola and Georgia (Lake City to Pensa

cola). May 17, '56 11, 15 10

May 17,'66

Florida, Atlantic and
Gulf Central (Jack-

sonville to Lake City La ... June 3,'56 11 18 10

June 3, '66

North Louisiana and
Texas, , formerly
Vicksburg, Shreve

port and Texas.
June 3, '56 '11 18
10

June 3, '66

Railroad from New Or leans to the State line in the direction of

Jackson, Miss, k Ark Feb. 9,'53 10 155 10

Little Rock and Fort
July 28, '66 14 338 July 28,'66 10 years May 13,'77 Feb. 17, '79 Smithi
A pr. 10,'69 '16 46

from date
Mar. 8,70 16 76

act took

effect. July 4.'66 14 83 (*)

July 1,71

Iron Mountain m.. Mo .. July 4,'66 14 83 (*)

July 1,'71 June 17, 73 Iron Mountain, now

Saint Louis, Iron
Mountain and South

ern.n Mich. June 3,'56 11 21

June 3, '66

Detroit and Milwaukee Mar. 3, '79 20 490

(Grand Haven to

Owasso).
June 3,'56 11 21 10

June 3,'6

Port Huron and Mil. Mar. 3,79 20 490

waukee (Owasso to

Port Huron.p
June 3, '56 11 21 10

Jackson, Lansing and 14 78 July 3,'66 7 yea r8 June 3,73

Saginaw (north of 1 from June

Lansing), and North3, '66.

ern Central Michigan Mar. 2, '67 14 425

(south of Lansing Mar. 3,'71 16 586

formerly Amboy Langing and Traverse

Bay. *5 years from July 1, 1866.

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Mich. June 3, '56 11 21 101

Marquette and Onton13 137 June 18, '64 5 years.

agon, now Marquette, June 18,'64 13 409

Houghton and Onton Mar. 3,65 13 520

Dec. 31,72

agon.r
15 252 May 20, '68 Until Dec.

31, '72.
Apr. 20, '71 17 643
June 3,'56 11 21 10

June 3, '66

Ontonagon and State

Line, now Ontonagon

and Brule River.8 Iowa May 12,'64 13 72 15

Sept. 20, '81

Sioux City and Saint

Paul.t Wis . June 3,'56 11 20 10

West Wisconsin, for May 5, 64 13 66 May 5,'64 5 years.... May 5,'69 Jan. -, '71 merly La Crosse and

(Madison

Milwaukee, and Toto Tomah).

mah and Saint Crois.u 15 257 July 13, '68 3 years.. May 5,172 Apr. 16, '72

(Tomah
to Saint

Croix).
Mar. 3,'75 17 634
June 3, '56 11 20 10

North Wisconsin, for-
May 5,64 13 66.... May 5,'64 5 years . May 5, '69

merly Saint Croix and 'Lake Superior, now Chicago, Saint Paul, Minneapolis

and Omaha. May 5,'64 13 66 10

Wisconsin

Central. June 21, '66 14 360

formerly Portage, Apr. 9,74 Until Dec. Dec. 31,76

Winnebago and Su31,*76.

perior.w Mar. 3,'75 18 511 Minn Mar. 3,57 11 195 10

Saint Vincent extenJuly 12, '62 12 624

sion of Saint Paul Mar. 3, '65 13 526 Mar. 3,'65 8 years.... Mar. 3.'73,

and

Pacific (East July 13, '66 14 97

extended

Saint Cloud to Saint Mar. 3, '71 16 588

to

Vincent), now Saint 17 631 Mar. 3, '73 9 months. Dec. 3,73 Dec. 23, 79 Paul, Minneapolis June 22, '74 18 203 June 22,74

and Manitoba.x Mar. 3, '57 11 195 10 Mar. 3, '65 13 526 Mar. 3, '65 8

Western Railroad, years.. July 13, 66 14 97

Mar. 3,73,

Jan. 1,

formerly Brainerd

extended to Mar. 3,'71 16 588

Branch Saint Paul 17 631 Mar. 3,73 9 months

Dec. 3,73

and Pacific (Watab June22, '74 18 203 June 22, '74

to Brainerd). y July 4, '66 14 87 10

Feb. 25, '77 Dec. 8,79 Southern Minnesota July 13, '66 14 97

Railway Extension.z
July 4, '66 14 87 10

Mar. 7,'77 Dec. 15, '79 Hastings and Dakotaan
July 13, '66 14 97
May 5, '64 13 61 8

May 5,73 Feb. 28, '73 Lake Superior and
July 13, '66 14 93

Mississippi.bb
July 13, '66 14 97

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* In this estimate a deduction was made for a conflicting grant.

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