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OF THE

COMMISSIONER OF THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE

FOR THE

FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1879.

WASHINGTON:
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.

INDEX.

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COMMISSIONER'S LETTER OF TRANSMISSION

I
giving a synopsis of his report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1879.
STATISTICS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR:
Number of acres of public land and private land claims surveyed.....

8
Number of acres disposed of in various ways..

8-9
Moneys received from various sources

9
Number of letters received and anmber written and recorded.
SURVEYING OPERATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR:
Amount of money appropriated for surveys

9
Apportionment thereof among surveying districts..
Circular letter of July 15, 1878, to surveyors general .

10-12
Tabular statement showing areas surveyed in the several States and Terri-

tories during the fiscal year..
Abstracts of surveying operations in-
Arizona ....

12-13
California..

13-15
Colorado..

15-16
Dakota

16-17
Florida

17
Idaho..

17-18
Louisiana..

18-19
Minnesota

19
Montana..

19-20
Nebraska

20-21
Nevada ..

21-22
New Mexico

22-23
Oregon

23-24
Utah

24-25
Washington

25-26
Wyoming

26-27
Tabular statement showing comparative progress of surveys during five
years last past

27
Special ecaminations of surveys during the fiscal year.

27
Amonnt of money set apart for paying expenses thereof.

28
Amount actually expended therefor

28
Results of examinations

28
Survey of Calumet Lake bed in Illinois.

29-30
Surrey of Cherokee lands in North Carolina

30-32
Resurvey of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in New York

32-33
Old Cherokee Indian Reservation in Arkansa8..

33-35
Survey and subdivision of Red Cloud and Spotted Tail Reserves in Dakota ... 35-36
Survey of the Colorado and Utah boundary

36–38
Abstracts of decisions affecting surveys

38-39
Circular of June 27, 1879, in relation to assignment of certificates of deposit
on account of surveys

39-41
Work done in General Land Office during fiscal year in regard to surveys
and drafting ..

41-42
DISPOSALS OF PUBLIC LANDS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR:
Number of acres sold for cash

42
Pre-emptions..

42
Work done in pre-emption division and condition of business at the end of
the year ....

42-43
Suggested consolidation of the homestead and pre-emption laws..

43
Decisions of United States Supreme Court, cases of Atherton vs. Fowler and

Hosmer r8. Wallace, construing the pre-emption laws, considered, and
legislation recommended regarding occupancy of unoffered public lands : 43–45
Recommendation renewed of legislation to admit of pre-emptor making final
affidavit without having to go to the district land office..

45-46

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