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pose of making such sale the commissioner aforesaid is hereby authorized to employ a competent crier or auctioneer, who shall be paid from proceeds of sales at a rate not to exceed three dollars per day. The said lands remaining unsold, after having been offered at public sale as aforesaid, shall be kept in the market for private sale at the office of said commissioner for such time as the board may deem proper, not to exceed one year subsequent to such sale; when the residue, if any, shall be advertised in like manner and again offered at public sale. And in case any of said lands shall remain unsold after having been offered at public sale the second time, such remaining lands shall be re-appraised and again offered for sale at public auction, upon notice of such sale being given as above provided, and the lands remaining unsold after having been offered at public sale under the appraisement shall be kept in the market at private sale, at the office of the commissioner for such time as the board may deem proper, but in no case shall any of said lands be sold for less than the appraised value thereof; in addition to the appraised value of the improvements thereon, and all the proceeds realized from such sales shall be deposited by the commissioner of public lands and buildings in the state treasury, except the amount realized for the improvements upon said lands, which amount shall be immediately paid to the owner or owners of said improvements, making also a detailed statement to the board of the lands sold, and the fund

received therefor, and such moneys when de-
posited with the treasurer, shall constitute
what shall be known as the saline fund of the
state, and disbursed in the manner hereinafter
set forth and no other.
Provided, That only so much of said lands

shall be sold as may be necessary to raise the

amount hereby appropriated, and that none of said lands shall be sold for less than seven dollars per acre.

SEC. 3. Whenever any of the lands shall be Deed toland.

sold and the purchase price paid, the commissioner of public lands and buildings shall issue a voucher to the purchaser under his seal, showing the name of the purchaser, the description of the land sold, the purchase price, and that the same has been duly paid. The purchaser, his agent, or attorney, shall file said voucher in the office of the governor, and the governor shall thereupon issue to the purchaser a deed or patent from the state of Nebraska, conveying to him the land described in the voucher, which deed or patent shall be duly countersigned by the secretary of state, and shall then be entitled to be recorded in the record of deeds of the county in which the lands are situated.

SEC. 4. For the purpose of procuring a greater sink wellin be.

Supply of brine than naturally flows on said basin, the said board is authorized and directed, whenever the funds derived from the sale of lands, as aforesaid, shall be sufficient for that purpose, to order the said commissioner to make a contract on the part and behalf of the state, subject to the approval of the board, for the

half of state.

Care of big salt

basin.

sinking of a well in such a manner, of such depth, and at such point on such basin as shall, in their opinion, best subserve the interests of the state. Said well shall be tubed with iron tubing of sufficient thickness to effectually exclude all veins and flows of fresh water passed through in sinking the same. After the well has been completed, and it is demonstrated that brine of sufficient quantity, quality and strength has been secured to warrant the manufacture of the same into salt, said board are directed to procure the necessary pumps, pipes fixtures to pump said brine into the reservoirs and aqueducts, (constructed by them under the provisions of this act, and said board are hereby authorized to construct more reservoirs and aqueducts,) whenever, in their opinion, the best interests of the state shall demand the same; but if upon the completion of said well it is demonstrated that brine of sufficient quantity, quality and strength has not been secured to warrant the manufacture of the same into salt, said board shall discontinue its operations as contemplated in this act, and no further expenditure of funds shall be made by said board.

SEC. 5. When sufficient of said lands have been sold as aforesaid; After the completion of the well and the securing of brine of sufficient quantity, quality and strength to warrant its manufacture into salt. It shall be the duty of the board to direct the said commissioner to make such contract or contracts on the part and behalf of the state as may be necessary, subject to the approval of the board, for building

all dykes, and digging all ditches which may be necessary to prevent what is known as the big salt basin, situated on section twenty-One, in township number ten, north of range six, east of the sixth principal meridian, from being flooded with fresh water; and the said commissioner is hereby authorized to employ a suitable and skillful engineer and necessary assistance to examine the grounds, estimate the work, and ascertain and report what dykes and ditches are necessary for the purpose aforesaid, and the estimated cost of the same, and said board are authorized to audit and allow a reasonable com

pensation for the services of such engineer and his assistants.

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sale of said lands as aforesaid shall be sufficient, “turers

after having made the necessary dykes and diches to prevent the basin aforesaid from being flooded with fresh water, the balance of said fund, or so much thereof as may be necessary, shall be expended under the direction of said board in constructing reservoirs and aqueducts and in procuring such pumps and pipes as said board shall determine to be necessary to pump the brine out which shall flow on 'said basin into the reservoirs and aqueducts, constructed as aforesaid, to the end of supplying manufacturers of salt with brine in the largest quantity and of the best quality.

SEC. 7. It shall be the duty of the board, geological re

during the progress of the sinking of the well,” of well.

to provide for keeping a correct geological record of all strata passed through, and for

Vouchers for expenses.

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this purpose they are hereby authorized to
employ a competent geologist to keep said
record, and to pay him therefor, out of the
saline fund, a reasonable compensation for
such services not to exceed two hundred and
fifty dollars.
SEC. 8. The board shall, from time to time,
as the work progresses and the money is being
expended by them in carrying out the provis-
ions of this act, issue vouchers to the persons
entitled to the same. and the auditor is hereby
authorized and directed to draw his warrant
on the treasurer against the saline fund of the
state for the amount of said voucher; Pro-
vided, however. That in cases when work is
being done or machinery furnished under con-
tract, the board shall, in issuing the voucher,
retain twenty per cent of the estimated amount
of labor done or material or machinery furn-
ished under said contract, and only issue a
voucher for eighty per cent of the same, until
the whole contract shall have been complied
with and the work, material or machinery shall
have been accepted by said board, and after
such acceptance the board shall issue a
voucher for the whole balance remaining un-
paid on said contract.
SEc. 9. The said board are hereby author-
ized and directed to enter into such contract
or contracts and lease or leases, on the part
of the state, with corporations, associations or
individuals, for the manufacture of the brine,
(pumped into the reservoirs and aqueducts
aforesaid,) into salt, as will best secure the

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