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EXTRACT FROM THE REPORT OF THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR

FOR THE YEAR 1868.

During the last fiscal year, public lands were disposed of as follows:

Acres. Cash sales ..........

914, 941. 33 Located with military warrants....

512, 533. 42 Taken for homesteads ......

2, 328, 923, 25 Approved to States as swamp ......

259, 197.85 Grants to railroads ...

697, 257.57 Located with college scrip...

.......1,942, 889.08

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6, 655, 742. 50 A quantity less by 385,372 acres than that disposed of the previous year.

The cash receipts of the office during the same period, from all sources, amounted to $1,632,745 90, which exceeds the amount received from the same sources the previous fiscal year by $284,883 38.

Nearly one-fourth of the homestead entries were made under the act of June 21, 1866, which applies only to the States of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Florida.

The quantity of lands still undisposed of is 1,405,366,678 acres. Measures have been taken for establishing the boundary lines between Nebraska and Colorado; Nebraska and Wyoming; Nevada, Utah, and Arizona ; and for running the northern boundary of New Mexico.

I invite attention to the views presented in my former reports, in regard to certain amendments of the pre-emption and homestead laws.

The report of tho Commissioner of the General Land Office is very elaborate, and affords much valuable and interesting information in relation to the agricultural, mincral, and other resources of the soveral land States and Territories, as well as many judicious suggestions on the operation of the laws regulating the disposal of the public domain.

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