ITEMS OF INTEREST

The Secretary of the Interior reports that 19,431,187 acres of public lands were disposed of during the year, of which 1,774,341 acres were sold for cash. The others went for miscellaneous entries, embracing homesteads, land warrants, scrip locations, State selections, swamp lands, railroad and wagon road selections, and Indian allotments. Two million three hundred and seventy-four thousand more acres were disposed of than during the previous year. There remain of the unappropriated public lands 799,000,000 acres, of which nearly one half are in Alaska.

The Secretary reports that there were 324 cases of depredations upon public timber, to the value of $397,000, an increase of $213,000 over the previous year. Settlement was made in 172 cases and $19,000 collected. Recommendations for civil suit were made in 63 cases and criminal prosecutions also in 63 cases. He declares that 2,091,000 acres of public land were enclosed unlawfully and that in 66 of these cases the enclosures have been removed and 338,000 acres restored. Proceedings in the other cases are pending.

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A PHYSICIAN'S TRIBUTE
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