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 Title Page
 Introduction
 Minutes
 Financial statement for January,...
 Financial statement for February,...
 The Capitol Park Hotel
 Financial statement for March,...
 Financial statement of April,...
 Financial statement for May,...
 Financial statement for June,...
 Financial statement for July,...
 Financial statement for August,...
 Financial statement for September,...
 Financial statement for October,...
 Financial statement for November,...
 Financial statement for December,...
 Financial statement for January,...
 Financial statement for February,...
 Financial statement for March,...
 Financial statement for April,...
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Title: Minutes of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund, State of Florida
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Language: English
Creator: Florida -- Trustees of Internal Improvement Fund
Publisher: T.J. Appleyard, state printer
Place of Publication: Tallahassee Fla
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
    Title Page
        Page 2
    Introduction
        Page 3
    Minutes
        Page 3
        Page 4
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    Financial statement for January, 1923
        Page 10
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    Financial statement for February, 1923
        Page 15
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        Agreement
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    The Capitol Park Hotel
        Page 20
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        Notice
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    Financial statement for March, 1923
        Page 34
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        Agreement
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        Notice
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    Financial statement of April, 1923
        Page 48
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        Notice
            Page 53
        Proxy
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        Resolution
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    Financial statement for May, 1923
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        Agreement
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        Resolution
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        Notice
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    Financial statement for June, 1923
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        Resolution
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        Agreement
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    Financial statement for July, 1923
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        Notice
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        Resolution
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        Notice
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    Financial statement for August, 1923
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    Financial statement for September, 1923
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    Financial statement for October, 1923
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        Notice
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    Financial statement for November, 1923
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        Resolution
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    Financial statement for December, 1923
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        Notice
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    Financial statement for January, 1924
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        Resolution
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    Financial statement for February, 1924
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        Notice
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    Financial statement for March, 1924
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    Financial statement for April, 1924
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    Financial statement for May, 1924
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    Financial statement for June, 1924
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    Financial statement for July, 1924
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        Proxy
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        Notice
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        Agreement
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    Financial statement for August, 1924
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        Notice
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    Financial statement for September, 1924
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        Resolution
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    Financial statement for October, 1924
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Full Text








MINUTES
OF THE

TRUSTEES
OF THE

INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT FUND

STATE OF FLORIDA


VOLUME XV

From January 1, 1923, to December 31, 1924, With
Financial Statement for the Two Years.
Published Under Authority of Trustees by
J. Stuart Lewis, Secretary.


Tallahassee, Florida.
1925.


T. *A- -0,b PRINT1ft TALL-H*SSK, FLORISA


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MINUTES
OF THE

TRUSTEES
OF THE

INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT FUND
STATE OF FLORIDA


VOLUME XV

From January 1, 192': to December 31, 1924, With
Fimnncial Statement for the Two Years.
Published Under Authority of Trustees by
J. Stuart Lewis. Secretary.

Tallahassee. Florida.
192 5.












MINUTES


Tallahssee, Florida, January 6, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:

Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

The following bills were approved and ordered paid:

C. M. Johnson, Moore Haven, Fla., Fire Warden.
To survey of lake bottom lands near Moore Haven
during November, 1922........................................................... $150.00
N. S. Wainwright, care C. M. Johnson, Moore
Haven, Fla. To salary as Axeman on survey lake
bottom lands near Moore Haven during Novem-
ber, 1922-A days at 3.00........................... ........... 12.00
Guy Elder, care C. M. Johnson, Moore Haven, Fla.
To salary as Chairman account survey lake bot-
tom lands near Moore Haven during November,
1922- 4 days at 3.00 per day.................................... ... 12.00
W. E. Lancaster, care C. M. Johnson, Moore Haven,
Fla. To salary as Chairman account survey lake
bottom lands near Moore Haven during Novem-
ber, 1922- 4 days at 3.00.............................. ............. 12.00
John Sloan, care C. M. Johnson, Moore Haven, Fla.
To salary as Flagman account survey lake bot-
tom lands near Moore Haven during November,
1922- 4 days at 3.00 per day.................... ................................. 2.00
Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Fla.
To services during December, 1922............................... 2.29
W. H. May, Postmaster, Tallahassee, Fla. To
stamps for Land Department, bill of January 1,
1923 ........................................ ................... .. ... .. .... 10.00












MINUTES


Tallahssee, Florida, January 6, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:

Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

The following bills were approved and ordered paid:

C. M. Johnson, Moore Haven, Fla., Fire Warden.
To survey of lake bottom lands near Moore Haven
during November, 1922........................................................... $150.00
N. S. Wainwright, care C. M. Johnson, Moore
Haven, Fla. To salary as Axeman on survey lake
bottom lands near Moore Haven during Novem-
ber, 1922-A days at 3.00........................... ........... 12.00
Guy Elder, care C. M. Johnson, Moore Haven, Fla.
To salary as Chairman account survey lake bot-
tom lands near Moore Haven during November,
1922- 4 days at 3.00 per day.................................... ... 12.00
W. E. Lancaster, care C. M. Johnson, Moore Haven,
Fla. To salary as Chairman account survey lake
bottom lands near Moore Haven during Novem-
ber, 1922- 4 days at 3.00.............................. ............. 12.00
John Sloan, care C. M. Johnson, Moore Haven, Fla.
To salary as Flagman account survey lake bot-
tom lands near Moore Haven during November,
1922- 4 days at 3.00 per day.................... ................................. 2.00
Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Fla.
To services during December, 1922............................... 2.29
W. H. May, Postmaster, Tallahassee, Fla. To
stamps for Land Department, bill of January 1,
1923 ........................................ ................... .. ... .. .... 10.00












John W. Williams, Tallahassee, Fla. To auto hire
account inspection State lands, bill of January 2,
1923 ..... .. ............... ............... .. .. .. 6.00
Charles Williams Hardware, Tallahassee, Fla. To
hardware furnished during December, 1922, to A.
R. Richardson's office, Moore Haven............................. 657.02
$873.31

Brown and Company, of Portland, Maine, made applica-
tion for another extension on their option to purchase a
certain island in Biscayne Bay, Dade County, Florida, and
after consideration the Trustees agreed to another exten-
sion of ninety days from January 17, 1923, that being the
date of expiration of their option.
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned.
CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.


Tallahassee, Florida, January 22, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:

Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.

Upon motion, duly adopted, the Special Counsel was
requested to collect notes for balance due by Pennington
and Evans Company for timber purchased in Lake Ochee-
see and to use such legal proceedings as necessary.
Mr. L. Morgan requested the Trustees to allow Mr. E.
L. Morgan to reconvey Lot A in NW1/4 of Section 8,
Township 38 South, Range 34 East, containing 113.80
acres and accept same in full payment for balance due
on fifth installment of Entries No. 16646 and No. 16683












of E. L. Morgan and himself for lands in said section.
Mr. Morgan stated they would not be able to improve or
cultivate said lands for several years as they were not
sufficiently drained, and further stated that they were
not able to pay any more money on same.
After consideration, the Trustees agreed to grant his
request and release the mortgages given by them on said
lands, upon receipt of a satisfactory deed of reconveyance
for said land and Abstract showing that title still remained
in said E. L. Morgan and that all taxes had been paid.

The following Resolution was presented and adopted:

RESOLUTION.

WHEREAS, On July 23, 1920, the Boston-Palm Beach
Development Company agreed with the Trustees of the
Internal Improvement Fund to purchase the following
described lands:

All of Section 19, Wi/2; E1/2 of SE1/; NW1/4 of
NEI/4; of Section 20; All of Sections 29, 30, 31,
and 32; NW1/ of NWI/4; S1/2 of NW/4; S1/ of
NW1/; N1/2 of SE1/; SE1/4 of SE1/ and SW/4
Section 33, all in Township 41 South, Range 42
East, containing 4,200 acres, more or less; and
WHEREAS, Pursuant to such agreement the Trustees
of the Internal Improvement Fund executed their deed
to the foregoing described lands to the said Boston-Palm
Beach Development Company, and said Boston-Palm Beach
Development Company paid to the Trustees of the Internal
Improvement Fund the sum of One Thousand Dollars,
($1,000.00) as evidence of good faith, which $1,000.00 was
to be forfeited to the Trustees of the Internal Improve-
ment Fund in the event the agreement as aforesaid was
not carried out; and
WHEREAS, The aforementioned deed, while executed
by the Trustees, was never delivered to the Boston-Palm
Beach Development Company, and no other or further
payments have been made thereon, though the said Boston-
Palm Beach Development Company has been repeatedly
requested to make additional payments; and
WHEREAS, By the terms of the said agreement, the
Boston-Palm Beach Development Company has forfeited













the $1,000.00 as aforesaid and all right to purchase the
foregoing described lands, now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED, By the Trustees of the Internal
Improvement Fund that the said Deed executed by them
to the said Boston-Palm Beach Development Company,
to the foregoing described lands, and the agreement affect-
ing the same, be and the same, and each of them, are
hereby cancelled and the said $1,000.00 be paid into the
Internal Improvement Fund; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this
Resolution be delivered to the said Boston-Palm Beach
Development Company as notice of the action of this Board
in the premises.
DONE AND ORDERED, In regular session this 22nd
day of January, A. D. 1923.
CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Upon motion the Trustees adojurned.

CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, January 29, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:

Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Tresaurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

Minutes of January 6th and 22nd read and approved.

The matter of settlement with J. B. McDonald and
others as Trustees for the Board of County Commissioners












of Palm Beach County, as per agreement on Page 236,
Volume 12, Minutes of the Trustees of the Internal Im-
provement Fund, was brought to the attention of the Trus-
tees by Hon. J. C. Luning. After consideration, the Secre-
tary was instructed to advise the County Commissioners
that there remained on hand 1521.86 acres of lands unsold
and that the amount of $24,336.30, balance due by the
Roads and Improvement Society, was unpaid, and until
these matters were adjusted no final settlement could be
made by the Trustees.
Special Counsel presented Agreement No. 170941/2 dated
December 2, 1922, for the sale of lands in Broward County,
proceeds of which to be used for improvement of North
New River Canal, and same was executed on the part of
the Trustees and ordered forwarded to the Fort Lauderdale
State Bank for delivery to the Everglades Company,
purchasers of said lands.
The Trustees ordered that the following lands in Dade
County, to-wit:

Fractional SW1/4 of Section 21; Fractional
NW1/' of NW1/4 of Section 28; All Fractional
Section 29 and All Section 30 in Township 54
South, Range 42 East, Containing 332.50 acres,
more or less,

be advertised for sale, once a week for five consecutive
weeks in the Miami Herald, a newspaper published in
Dade County, as required by law. Sale to be held March
9, 1923, at 11 o'clock A. M., at the Capitol in the City of
Tallahassee.

Upon motion, the Trustees adjourned.

ERNEST AMOS, Comptroller,
Acting Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.












Tallahassee, Florida, February 16, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on
this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:
Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

The'matter of the sale of lots in Sections 13, 23 and 24,
Township 42 South, Range 36 East, was discussed and it
was agreed that all Lots in Section 13 ftp to and fronting
on the road nearest the Lake, as shown on Plat of Survey
of N. K. Williams, should be sold at $500.00 per lot, and
lands back of said lots be sold at $300.00 per acre. The
Trustees declined to sell the lands between the road and
the Lake and Mr. Elliot was request to have the plat
of Section 23 revised as directed by them, and also to have
a similar survey made of the State lands in Section 24,
lying within one-fourth mile of the Lake, showing the
names of all settlers on same.

The following bills were approved and Treasurer re-
quested to issue checks to cover:
Glenn Terrell, Tallahassee, Fla. To expense account
on trip to Arcadia in Clewiston Development Co.
case January 23, 1923.......................$ 59.25
Samuel Herrick, Westory Building, Washington,
D. C. To Fee in State vs. John G. White...... 75.00
Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Fla. To
services during January, 1923 ................ 2.83
Ben Sheppard, Clerk Circuit Court, Miami, Fla.
To Recording two Deeds January 13th and Feb-
ruary 1, 1923 ............................... 3.20
H. & W. B. Drew Company, Jacksonville, Fla. To
Loose Leaves for Note Books.................. 3.84
National Surety Company, New York, N. Y. To
Premium on Bond for year 1923.............. 12.50
J. A. Johnson, care C. M. Johnson, Moore Haven,
Fla. To services as post-setter account lake bot-
tom lands during December, 1922-2 days at
$3.00 ...................................... 6.00













Walter Ivey, care C. M. Johnson, Moore Haven,
Fla. To services as post-setter account survey
lake botom lands during December, 1922-21/2
days $3.00 ........................... ......... 7.50
C. W. Ivey, care C. M. Johnson, Moore Haven, Fla.
To services as Chainman account survey lake bot-
tom lands during December, 1922-4 days at
$3.00 ..................................... 12.00
James Willingham, care C. M. Johnson, Moore
Haven, Fla. To services as post-setter account
survey lake bottom lands during December,
1922-6 days at $3.00........................ 18.00
R. W. Bailey, care C. M. Johnson, Moore Haven,
Fla. To services as Chainman account survey
lake bottom lands during December 1922-101/2
days at $3.00............... ................. 31.50
N. S. Wainwright, care C. M. Johnson, Moore
Haven, Fla. To services as Rodman account sur-
vey lake bottom lands during December, 1922-
17 days at $3.00 ........................... 51.00
Preston Wyse, care C. M. Johnson, Moore Haven,
Fla. To services as Chainman during December,
1922-6 days at $3.00 per day account lake bot-
tom lands.................................... 18.00
W. E. Lancaster, care C. F. Johnson, Moore Haven,
Fla. To services as Chainman account lake bot-
tom survey during December, 1922-11/2 days
at $3.00 ................................... 34.50

$335.12

The Secretary stated that he had a number of applica-
tions from former owners to purchase lands, title to which
had vested in the Trustes under Section 1175 of the Re-
vised General Statutes of Florida; said lands being located
in Broward, Dade, Glades and Palm Beach Counties. It
was ordered that said lands be advertised for sale March
27, 1923, as required by law.

Financial Statement for the month of January, 1923,
was read, approved and ordered placed of record:













FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR JANUARY, 1923.

Balance on hand January 1, 1923..$38,819.23-
From land sales ($6,841.37) less
25 per cent to State School Fund
($1,710.33) ............ ... ...... 5,131.04
Interest on deposits for quarter end-
ing December 31, 1922: .......... 896.42
Interest due December 31, 1922, on
Pelican Lake Sub-Drainage Dis-
trict 6 per cent Bonds............ 450.00

$45,296.69
Less Disbursements ................. 873.31

Balance February 1, 1923.......... $44,423.38

RECAPITULATION.

Cash and cash items...............$ 1,000.00
Cash in bank..................... 43,423.38

$44,423.38

BALANCES IN BANK FEBRUARY 1, 1923.

Atlantic National Bank, Jacksonville,
Fla. ................. ...... $ 409.64
Barnett National Bank, Jacksonville,
Fla........................ 13,619.94
Florida National Bank, Jacksonville,
Fla .............. .......... 1,484.47
First National Bank, Miami, Fla... 1,484.64
First National Bank, West Palm
Beach, Fla. .................... 19,673.60
Capital City Bank, Tallahassee, Fla. 3,356.85
Exchange Bank, Tallahassee,' Fla... 805.84
Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee, Fla. 2,588.40


$43,423.38












DISBURSEMENTS.
Date Check
1923. No. In Favor of Amount.
Jan. 8-4847-C. M. Johnson........$ 150.00
Jan. 8-4848-N. S. Wainwright.... 12.00
Jan. 8-4849-Guy Elder .......... 12.00
Jan. 8-4850-W. E. Lancaster...... 12.00
Jan. 8-4851-John Sloan .......... 12.00
Jan. 8-4852-Western Union Tele-
graph Co. ........... 2.29
Jan. 8-4853-W. H. May, Postmaster 10.00
Jan. 8-4854-John W. Williams.... 6.00
Jan. 8-4855-Chas. Williams (Hdw.) 657.02

$ 873.31

Upon motion the Trustees adojurned.

CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, February 20, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met on
this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:
Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comtproller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

Mr. E. E. Goodno, of Fort Thompson, Florida, appeared
before the Trustees in regard to purchasing the following
lands, formerly covered by the waters of Lake Flirt, which
passed to the State under its sovereign right, to-wit:

"The fractional part of Section 25 within the
meanders and shores of Lake Flirt, excepting 7.65
acres; and the fractional part of Sections 26, 35












and 36, within the meanders and shores of Lake
Flirt, all in Township 42 South, Range 29 East;
containing in all 875.40 acres, more or less, in
Glades County, Florida.'

Upon the offer of $15.00 per acre cash by Mr. Goodno,
who deposited his check, payable to J. C. Luning, Treas-
urer, for $100.00 as a forfeit in the event he did not bid
said amount at the date of sale as advertised, it was order-
ed that the Secretary on the 31st day of March, A. D. 1923,
at 11 o'clock A. M., advertise said lands for sale as re-
quired by law, to the highest bidder, in accordance with
Chapters 7861 and 7891, Acts of 1919, Laws of Florida.
Upon motion, the Trustees adjourned.

CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, February 22, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor at the Capitol.

Present:

Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.
On January 31, 1923, the Trustees agreed to release
Mortgage No. 16880 given by M. R. Quinnerly for the
north half of Section 15, Township 44 South, Range 35
East, and return his three notes of $4,000.00 each, and
Mortgage No. 16881 for the south half of Section 15,
Township 44 South, Range 35 East, given by R. C. and
L. C. Gardner, and return their three notes, as said parties
were unable to complete their payments on account of
losses in improving these lands; provided said parties
would furnish satisfactory abstract and send receipt show-
ing they had paid all taxes for the years 1921 and 1922,
with a deed from M. R. Quinnerly to said Trustees for
the NW1/4 and W1/4 of W1/2 of NE1/4 of said Section, and












deed from R. C. and L. C. Gardner to them for the S/2
of said Section, all payments amounting to $8,000.00 with'
interest for one year,, which said parties have made, to be
applied as payment in full for the 140 acres in the E1/l
of NEI/4 and E3/4 of WI/ of NE1/ of Section 15, Town-
ship 44 South, Range 35 East, which is not to be re-con-
veyed by said Quinnerly.
Said parties having complied with said agreement, and
the abstract and deeds having been examined and approved
by Hon. Glenn Terrell, Attorney for the Trustees, the
Commissioner of Agriculture has returned said notes and
releases as ordered by said Trustees.
Upon motion, the Trustees adjourned.
ERNEST AMOS, Comptroller,
Acting Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary..

Tallahassee, Florida, February 28, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:

Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

The following bills were approved and checks ordered
issued:
C. B. Gwynn, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as Clerk
Land Department during February, 1923...... $250.00
Glenn Terrell, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as
Counsel during February, 1923................ 116.66
J. Stuart Lewis, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as
Secretary during February, 1923.............. 66.66
R. W. Ervin, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as Clerk
to Secretary during February, 1923............ 50.00
Jentye Dedge, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as
Stenographer during February, 1923.......... ;40.33












F. B. Tippens, Sheriff Lee County, Ft. Myers, Fla.
Services in Clewiston Development case, bill of
February 21, 1923 ................. ......... 29.50
C. F. Saunders, Clerk Circuit Court, Sebring, Fla.
To recording fee in Alvin T. Leonard to Trustees 1.30

$554.45

Upon motion, the Trustees adjourned.

CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, March 1, 1923.
,,l''ai
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:

Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

The matter of selecting papers in which to publish the
Delinquent Drainage Tax List for 1923 was brought to
the attention of the Trustees and the following papers
selected:
BROWARD, The Herald, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
DADE, Miami Herald, Miami, Fla.
GLADES, The Democrat, Moore Haven, Fla.
HIGHLANDS, The White-Way, Sebring, Fla.
LEE, The Press, Ft. Myers, Fla.
MONROE, The Citizen, Key West, Fla.
OKEECHOBEE, The News, Okeechobee, Fla.
PALM BEACH, The Palm Beach Post, West Palm
Beach, Fla.
SAINT LUCIE, News-Tribune, Fort Pierce, Fla.












The Secretary was requested to notify the Editors of
the foregoing papers and send copy of such notification
to the Tax Collectors and Clerks of the Circuit Court.

Financial Statement for the month of February, 1923,
was presented to the Trustees and same was ordered
placed of record:

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR THE MONTH OF
FEBRUARY, 1923.

Balance on hand February 1, 1923. $44,423.38
From J. F. Barton, account Palm
Beach Road .................... 30.96
From land sales ($18,227.50) less 25
per cent to State School Fund
($4,556.87) .................... 13,670.63
$58,124.97
Less Disbursements (itemized below) 858.77

Balance March 1, 1923............ $57,266.20

RECAPITULATION.
Cash and cash items..............$ 1,000.00
Balance in banks................. 56,266.20
$57,266.20

BALANCES IN BANK MARCH 1, 1923.

Atlantic National Bank, Jacksonville,
Fla. ...........................$ 409.64
Barnett National Bank, Jacksonville,
Fla .......................... 26,986.41
Florida National Bank, Jacksonville,
Fla. .......................... 1,484.47
First National Bank, Miami, Fla... 1,484.64
First National Bank, West Palm
Beach, Fla .................... 19,673.60
Capital City Bank, Tallahassee, Fla. 3,356.85
Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, Fla... 805.84
Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee, Fla... 2,064.75


$56,266.20












DISBURSEMENTS.

Date Check
1923. No. In Favor of Amount.
Feb. 1-4856-C. B. Gwynn......... $250.00
Feb. 1-4857-Glenn Terrell ........ 116.66
Feb. 1-4858-J. Stuart Lewis...... 66.66
Feb. 1--4859-R. W. Ervin......... 50.00
Feb. 1-4860-Jentye Dedge ........ 40.33
Feb. 17-4861-Glenn Terrell ........ 59.25
Feb. 17-4862-Samuel Herrick ...... 75.00
Feb. 17-4863-Western Union Tele-
graph Co. ........... 2.83
Feb. 17-4864-Ben Sheppard, Clerk
Circuit Court ........ 3.20
Feb. 17-4865-H. & W. B. Drew Co. 3.84
Feb. 17-4866-National Surety Co. of
N. Y. ............... 12.50
Feb. 17-4867-J. H. Johnson........ 6.00
Feb. 17--4868-Walter Ivey ......... 7.50
Feb. 17-4869-C. W. Ivey .......... 12.00
Feb. 17-4870-James Willingham .. 18.00
Feb. 17-4871-R. W. Bailey ........ 31.50
Feb. 17-4872-N. S. Wainwright.... 51.00
Feb. 17-4873-Preston Wyse ........ 18.00
Feb. 17-4874-W. E. Lancaster...... 34.50

$858.77

'The Trustees having received an offer for Fritz Island,
located in Sections 30 and 31 of Township 32 South, Range
40 East, containing 50 acres, and not being advised as to
value of same, it was upon motion duly adopted, decided
that the Chief Drainage Engineer visit the island and
report on its location and value.

Mr. Sutton of Pierce and. Sutton, Attorneys of Washing-
ton, D. C., appeared before the Trustees, making a proposi-
tion to enter into a contract to act as Agent of the State
in securing patents and perfecting title to swamp lands.
It was agreed that Mr. Sutton and Mr. Terrell, Counsel for












the Trustees, draw an agreement and submit same to the
Trustees for consideration.

Upon motion, the Trustees adjourned.
CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, March 9, 1923.
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.
Present:

Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General:
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.
The Trustees met to consider the sale of the following
lands:
Fractional SW/4 of Section 21; fractional
NW1/4 of NW/4 of Section 28; all fractional Sec-
tion 29, and all Section 30, in Township 54 South,
Range 42 East.
lying and being in the County of Dade, containing an
estimated area of 332.50 acres, more or less. The same
having been advertised thirty.days as required by law in
the Miami Herald, a newspaper published in the county in
which said lands lie, and affidavit of such publication hav-
ing been filed with the Secretary of said Trustees, and the
sale being open to competitive bids, bids were offered which
started at $10.00 per acre and up to $230.00 per acre, when
the bidding closed, and amount bid not being satisfactory
same was not accepted. Whereupon the Trustees proposed
to sell the land to the Biscayne Company, represented by
Mr. F. M. Hudson, one of the bidders for $120,000.00 cash,
which proposition was accepted, and the Honorable Com-
missioner of Agriculture was requested to issue deed to
said Biscayne Company upon payment of said amount.












Mr. Sutton, representing Pierce & Sutton, of Washing-
ton, D. C., who appeared before the Trustees on the 1st
instant asked for the further consideration of their proposi-
tion, and the following agreement was entered into on
this the 9th day of March, A. D. 1923:

AGREEMENT.

WHEREAS, By Chapter 610 of the Acts of 1855, Laws
of Florida, the Trustees of the Internal Improvement
Fund had vested in them, for purposes of internal im-
provement, all lands that had been prior to that time, or
subsequent thereto, patented to the State of Florida under
the provisions of the Swamp Land Grant Act of Congress
of September 28, 1850; and
WHEREAS, Under the provisions of the said Swamp
Land Grant Act of September 28, 1850, large areas of
swamp and overflowed lands have already been patented
to the State of Florida, but there are areas of such lands
covered by the "said Act that have not been patented to, or
title perfected in, the State; and
WHEREAS, The Trustees of the Internal Improvement
Fund of Florida, and Charles R. Pierce and John M. Sut-
ton, attorneys-at-law of Washington, D. C., have entered
into an agreement whereby the said Charles R. Pierce and
John M. Sutton have agreed to attempt to secure patents
and perfect the title of the State of Florida in and to such
lands as are covered by the provisions of the said Swamp
Land Grant Act, and which have not at this date been
patented to the State of Florida; Now, Therefore,
THIS AGREEMENT MADE This 9th day of March,
A. D. 1923, between Cary A. Hardee, Governor, Ernest
Amos, Comptroller, J. C. Luning, State Treasurer, Rivers
Buford, Attorney General, and W. A. McRae ,Commission-
er of Agriculture, of and composing the Trustees of the
Internal Improvement Fund of Florida, for themselves as
such officials, and their successors in office, hereinafter
referred to as the "Trustees," and Charles R. Pierce and
John M. Sutton, Attorney-at-Law, both of Washington,
D. C., hereinafter referred to as "Pierce and Sutton;"
WITNESSETI :
That in pursuance of the offer on the part of the Trus-
tees and the acceptance thereof on the part of Pierce and
Sutton, and in consideration of certain mutual under-





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standings and obligations specified herein, the Trustees
and Pierce and Sutton.do covenant and agree as follows:
1st. Pierce and Sutton are hereby retained to attempt
to secure patents from the United States for, or perfect
title of the State of Florida in and to, all such lands, both
surveyed and unsurveyed, better known as Swamp and
Overflowed Lands, that are covered by the Swamp Land
Grant Act of September 28, 1850, and any Act amenda-
tory thereof, and to which patent has not heretofore been
executed by the United States to the State of Florida, and
should it be necessary or desirable to perfect the title to
any such lands, as are referred to herein, by Act of Con-
gress or decree of a Court of competent jurisdiction, the
said Pierce and Sutton are hereby authorized and empow-
ered to so proceed.
2nd. As compensation for such services the Trustees
will pay to Pierce and Sutton 20% of the price for which
the said lands, to which patents are secured or title per-
fected, shall be sold at the time of sale or as fast as funds
sufficient to pay such compensation shall be received out
of such sales.
3rd. To such lands as the State of Florida, or proper
State officials, have already filed with the Department of
the Interior applications for patent and sufficient proof
to warrant the execution thereof, so that it will be neces-
sary for Pierce and Sutton to merely prosecute such ap-
plications before the Land Department of the United
States, without additional proof, the Trustees will pay to
Pierce and Sutton for securing such patents, 10% of the
price for which the said lands, to which patents are secured
or title perfected, shall be sold, at the time of sale or as
fast as funds sufficient to pay such compensation shall be
received out of such sales.
4th. It is agreed by both parties hereto that the Trus-
tees may sell and dispose of any and all lands patented
or to which title is perfected hereunder, in the same man-
ner that the Internal Improvement Fund lands are sold,
except that Pierce and Sutton are hereby given and are to
have a first option to purchase such lands at a price and
on terms which shall be the equal of, and as favorable as,
that offered by any other proposed bona fide purchaser,
which option may and shall be exercised by Pierce and
Sutton within ten days from notification to Pierce and
Sutton of such offer and proposed sale, by Pierce and












Sutton notifying the Trustees that Pierce and Sutton, or
their representatives or assigns, will purchase such land,
and by thereafter complying with the terms and conditions
of the sale thereof, it being agreed by the Trustees that
they will send the said notification by telegraph to Pierce
and Sutton and in such notification include legal descrip-
tion of land to be sold and price and terms offered for
same.
5th. The Trustees agree to co-operate with Pierce and
Sutton in the matter of securing patents and perfecting
titles under this contract, by furnishing without cost cor-
rect copies of all lists of lands heretofore applied for by
the State of Florida, under the Swamp Land Grant Act,
together with descriptions and proofs in support of such
applications, copies of Minutes of the Trustees, maps and
plats affecting the public lands of this State, which the
said Pierce and Sutton may find necessary in connection
with attempting to secure patent or perfect title of the
State of Florida in and to such lands as have not hereto-
fore patented to the State, as provided by the Swamp
Land Grant Act and which it may be possible to secure
patents for, or to perfect title to, under the terms of this
agreement; and also by sending a competent inspector to
accompany any person whom the United States Govern-
ment may send to examine any of the lands which have
been, or may be, selected hereunder, in order to also
examine such lands, report thereon and check the United
States Government's examination, and protect the inter-
ests of the State of Florida; and whenever lists of lands,
or documents required to be executed by any State
official, shall be needed for the performance of this agree-
ment, to have the same executed by the proper official.
6th. The Trustees agree that Pierce and Sutton may,
at any time during office hours, for the purpose of carry-
ing out their part of the provisions of this contract, ex-
amine and make copies of any and all documents, reports
and records affecting the public lands in this State and
should it become necessary to take testimony before a
Commissioner, appointed by the Department of the In-
terior, to determine the character of and right to any
lands to which it is sought to perfect title or secure patent
under the provisions of this agreement, and such testi-
money as has to be taken in the State of Florida, the resi-
ident Counsel for the Trustees shall take the same.












7th. The Trustees hereby agree to notify the Secretary
of the Interior of the United States of the employment of
Pierce and Sutton in the capacity as herein outlined, and
to furnish the said Secretary, or other proper official of
the United States Land Department, and also any Court
or other tribunal, whenever necessary, suitable credentials
attesting their employment and authority to appear be-
fore them on behalf of the Trustees.
8th. This agreement has no application to School lands,
Sovereignty lands, or to Lots 1 and 2 of Section 19, Town-
ship 53 South, Range 42 East, or to any lands in Township
39 South, Ranges 33 and 34 East, T. M., nor shall it be
construed to require Pierce and Sutton to relinquish their
employment by any client which they have entered into,
or lands which they have applied for, prior to the date
hereof.
9th. This agreement has no application to sovereignty
lands proper, but applies strictly to swamp and over-
flowed lands, except should there be instances in which
it is necessary to determine which of the above classes
any lands in this State come under, the terms of this
contract, including the compensation hereinafter pro-
vided, shall be applicable thereto.
10th. In the event any Bill or Bills are introduced in
Congress, or any suits brought by Pierce and Sutton for
the purpose of this contract, Pierce and Sutton shall
furnish the Trustees copies of all such proposed Bills
and copies of all pleadings in such suits.
11th. The employment under the terms of this con-
tract shall be exclusive so long as Pierce and Sutton, or
either of them shall diligently prosecute and carry out
their part hereof, but when in the judgment of the Trus-
tees, after sixty days written notification to Pierce and
Sutton, with opportunity to be heard, that they are not
diligently executing the same, the Trustees may at their
option enter into contract with any other party, or parties,
for a like or similar purpose as herein expressed, or may
discontinue this contract.
12th. In the event of the death of either Pierce or
Sutton, the survivor of them shall be entitled to continue
under this agreement, and in the event of the death of
both of them, this agreement shall abate, except that the
personal representatives of either or both of them shall












be entitled to collect any and all unpaid compensation
for titles perfected or secured hereunder.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, The Trustees of the In-
ternal Improvement Fund of Florida have hereunto set
their hands and caused the seal of the Department of
Agriculture of the State of Florida to be hereto affixed,
duly attested, and Pierce and Sutton have signed and
affixed their names to this and another instrument of the
same tenor and effect, this 9th day of March, A. D. 1923.
CARY. A. HARDEE,
Governor.
ERNEST AMOS,
Comptroller.
J. C. LUNING,
Treasurer.
(SEAL) RIVERS BUFORD,
Attorney General.
W. A. McRAE,
Commissioner of Agriculture.

Of and composing the Trustees
of the Internal Improvement
Fund of Florida.

CHARLES R. PIERCE.
JOHN M. SUTTON.

Upon motion, the Trustees adjourned.
CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahasseee, Florida, March 12, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:
Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.












Mr. C. C. Chillingworth, of West Palm Beach, represent-
ing the Lake Worth Inlet District, appeared before the
Trustees and requested the further consideration of the
sale of Inlet Island, which was advertised for sale Decem-
ber 4, 1922; said sale having been continued on that date
as the purchaser desired additional submerged land adjoin-
ing said island.
After investigation and discussion the Trustees agreed
to sell to said Lake Worth Inlet District said island, con-
taining 47.34 acres, more or less, at a price of $100.00 per
acre; provided, that said land to be conveyed, to be used
exclusively for public purposes, and if such provision is
not complied with, title to said lands to revert to the
State, and the Special Counsel was instructed to draw
such deed of conveyance for execution by said Trustees.
It was brought to the attention of the Board that the
work connected with tax matters of Everglades Drainage
District had greatly increased in volume during the past
year, and that there was insufficient office force at present
to handle the same.
R. W. Ervin, who had been assisting in this character
of work was designated as Tax Clerk at a salary of $150.00
per month, to be paid by the Trustees of the Internal
Improvement Fund, to carry out such work with reference
to taxes or any other character of work which the Board
might direct.
Upon motion, the Trustees adjourned.
CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, March 17, 1923.
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:
Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.












Messrs. W. J. Conners, M. D. Carmichael and others
appeared before the Trustees. Mr. Conners stated that
he wanted to construct a hard surfaced toll road from
the bend of the West Palm Beach Canal to Okeechobee
City, and as that section of the Everglades needed such
a road, both Palm Beach and Okeechobee Counties were
in favor of said road,'and he wanted the Trustees of the
Internal Improvement Fund and Board of Commission-
ers of Everglades Drainage District to grant a Right-of-
Way along the West Palm Beach Canal, 66 feet in width.
It was agreed by the Trustees and Board that they would
grant an easement for said Right-ofWay from the bend
in the West Palm Beach Canal along the south bank of
said canal to Lake Okeechobee and thence northward
around the East Shore of the Lake to Okeechobee City,
through lands owned by the Trustees. Mr. Conners to
pay 50 per cent of the cost of excavation in West Palm
Beach Canal from which he will obtain rock for build-
ing said road, the excavation to follow plans of the Board,
under supervision of the Chief Drainage Engineer, for
construction of said canal. Final arrangements to be
covered by an agreement between said Board and Mr.
Conners.

Upon motion, the Trustees adjourned.
CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.

Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, March 27, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:

Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.













The Trustees having under date of February 16, 1923,
ordered the advertisement of certain lands in Broward,
Dade, Glades and Palm Beach Counties, title which had
vested in the Trustees under Section 1175 of the Revised
General Statutes of Florida, for sale on this date, and
same having been advertised once a week for five con-
secutive weeks in the Ft. Lauderdale Sentinel, Miami
Herald, Moore Haven Times and Palm Beach Post, news-
papers published in the counties in which the lands lie,
and affidavit of publication having been filed with the
Secretary as required by law, the following bids were
accepted for the following tracts and deeds were ordered
issued to cover:

BROWARD COUNTY.


Description.
NW /4 ..........
E1/l of Tract 29..
Tract 26 ........
S. 17.27 A. or Tr.
8 Blk. 2.......
Tract 115........

Trs. 2 and 3, Blk. 1

Tract 15, Blk. 1..
Tract 26.........
Tracts 54 and 60.
All Sec. 9, 10, 11
and all 12 W. of
Canal ........
Tract 56 ........
Tract 25 ........
Tract 44 ........
Tract 12 ........

Tract 24 ........
Sl2 Tract 13 ....
Tract 12, Blk. 3..
Trs. 50, 55, 57 and
60 ...........


15 50 41
27 50 38

3 50 41


Acs. To Whom Sold
160 C. M. Cravatt.
5 Frank Senrick.
10 Addie Williams.

17.27 J. P. Simmons.
5 Mrs. Mary W. Far-
well.
20 William E. Dal-
luege.
10 Otto F. Hoeppner.
14.50 Louise C. Chaplin
20 Louise C. Chaplin.


1980 David Sholtz.
10 H. E. Rhodes.
10 Dr. Mary J. Helm.
10 Dr. Mary J. Helm.
20 Mattie E. Wood-
ward.
20 D. C. Goodrich.
5 H. L. Snyder.
10 Broward Gro. Co.


11 50 41 40 M. M. Simidian.










26

GLADES.


Description.


Tract 27 ........
SE/4 of SEI4 of
SEA .........
SW/4 of NE/4...
E/2 of N1/ of
SW/4 of SW/4
and N1l of
NWI/ of SW/4
S/2 of NE1/ of
NWA4 ........

1/> of N1/2 of
NE1/4 of SE1/.

Ni2 of NW/4 of
NEi/4 ........

N1/ of NW% of
SE 14........
SEI/4 of SWI/4 of
NEI/4 ........

SW/4 of NW14 of
SE1/ .........
N1/2 of S1/ of
SE14 .........
SW/4 of SWiA..
W1/2 of SW4 ....
Tract 7 .........
S. 15 A. of the E.
30 A. of NAi.
of NE1/' ......


Sec. Tp.
34 39

24 41
8 42


20 40 32


21 40 32


10 42 31


PALM BEACH COUNTY.

Description. Sec. Tp. Rg. Acs. To Whom Sold
NE1/4 of NWI/4 of
SE1/4 ........... 13 42 37 10 Florence M. Wad-
dell.
Ei/4 of SE% of
NW1/4 ........ 11 44 37 10 R. R. McNown.


Acs. To Whom Sold
20 R. A. Kittlesby.

10 George A. Crooke.
40 Sol. E. Campbell.



15 H. S. Roe.

20 Lake Port Colony
Co.

10 Lake Port Colony
Co.

20 Lake Port Colony
Co.

20 F. F. Campbell.

10 Malcolm M. Wick-
ware.

10 Wayne L. Tobias.

40 Emil DeMayer.
40 Emil DeMayer.
80 R. L. Peters.
20 Dyal B. Hulse.


15 H. W. Tweed.













Description.
SW1/4 of NE1/4 of
SWw/ ........
W 3/4 of Wi/ of
SW:A of SE1/4,
Less Canal R.W.
Tract 40, Blk. 43
P. B. F. Co. Plat
3 .............
Tract 48, Blk. 53,
P. B. F. Co. Plat
3 ............
Tract 13, Blk. 55,
P. B. F. Co. Plat
3 .............
Tract 29, Blk. 82,
P. B. F. Co. Plat
3 .............
Tract 26, Blk. 15,
P. B. F. Co. Plat
3 ........ .......
Lot 8, Blk. 27,
Townsite of
Okeelanta .....
NE1/, of NWi,/ of
SW14 ........
Lot 8, Blk.. 234,
Townsite of
Okeelanta .....



Tract 23, Subdiv.
S1/2 of N1/2 of
SWA4 ........
Tract 42 ........
Tract 82, Subdiv.

Tract 44 ........
S/2 of NE1/4 of
SE1/4 of SW1/
and N1/2 of
SE/4 of SE'/4
of SW14 ......


Sec. Tp. Rg. Acs. To Whom Sold


30 43 .40


34 43 41



















29 46 35


10 Lula S. McCracken.


13 Lula S. McCracken.


5 Philip Blank.


5 Frank Chute.


6 A. D. Birchard.


5 Richard T. Mace.


10 Miss Ida Kalterman


Lee A. Beymer.

10 Lee A. Beymer.


W. K. Howell.


DADE COUNTY.


30 54 39


32 51 41


10 H. C. Bowman.

40 W. H. Krames.
10 Conrad L. Leedolf.
5 Est. Geo. T. Clevi-
dence.
10 Agnes Macbeth.


18 56 40 10 D. G. McLean.












Description. Sec. Tp. Rg. Acs. To Whom Sold
El/2 of E1/2 of
NW1/ of NW1/4 17 54 .40 10 Richardson-Jellet
Land Company
Trs. 1, 2, 5, 10, 11,
12, 13, 14 and
16, Blk. 4, Subd. 5 54 40 90 City Holding Co.

Upon motion, the Trustees adjourned.
CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, March 31, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:

Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Atorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

Minutes of January 29th, February 16th, 20th, 22nd,
28th, March 1st, 9th, 12th and 17th, read and approved.
The Trustees having advertised the following lands:

Fractional part of Section 25, within the mean-
der and shores of Lake Flirt, excepting 7.65 acres,
and the fractional parts of Section 26, 35, and 36,
within the meanders and shores of Lake Flirt, all
in Township 42 South, Range 29 East, containing
875.40 acres, more or less;

for sale on this date, in the Moore Haven Times, a news-
paper published in the county in which said lands lie,
as required by law, met to consider bids.
The bid of E. E. Goodno of $15.00 per acre cash was,
upon motion, duly seconded and adopted, accepted and













the Honorable Commissioner of Agriculture was requested
to issue deed for same and deliver to Mr. Goodno upon
payment of amount bid.
Mr. John C. Sherman, representing the Brown Com-
pany, of Portland, Maine, appeared before the Trustees
and applied to purchase 60,000 acres of land in the Ever-
glades and offered $7.50 per acre for same. After dis-
cussion it was agreed to advertise the lands and accept
$15.00 per acre for same, and if Brown Company were
the successful bidders, they would allow six years in which
to make the payments. Deed to be issued to Brown Com-
pany and they to give the Trustees a mortgage deed and
to agree to make certain improvements on said land, the
same to be agreed upon, upon the making of contract of
sale.
The following bills were approved and ordered paid:

R. B. McLean, Tax Collector, Dade County,
Miami, Fla. To Everglades Drainage Dis-
trict taxes .............................. $26,464.05
C. B. Gwynn, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as
Clerk Land Department during March, 1923 250.00
Glenn Terrell, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as
Counsel during March, 1923 .............. 116.66
J. Stuart Lewis, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as
Secretary during March, 1923 ............ 66.66
R. W. Ervin, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as
Tax Clerk during March, 1923 ........... 50.00
Jentye Dedge, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as
Stenographer during March, 1923.......... 40.33
Ft. Lauderdale Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
To advertising lands for sale March 27, 1923
(Tax Titles) ............................ 9.92
Miami Herald Publishing Company, Miami,
Fla. To advertisement of lands for sale
March 27, 1923 (Tax Titles) .............. 9.00
Glenn Terrell, Tallahassee, Fla., Counsel. To
expenses trip to Punta Gorda account Clew-
iston Development case, March 18,
1923 ................ :............ 54.80
Trip to Monticello, Hampton & Gal-
lon cases ......................... 10.00

64.80












R. W. Ervin, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as
Tax Clerk for March, 1923 (Comp. Warrant
No. 13569 cancelled) ..................... 100.00
$27.171.42

Upon motion the Trustees adojurned.

CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, April 13, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:

Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

Mr. C. D. Abbott, of West Palm Beach, appeared be-
fore the Trustees and made application to purchase for
his client certain lands in Saint Lucie County and offered
$40.00 per acre for same. After due consideration the
Trustees decided to advertise said lands for sale, and the
following advertisement was ordered published in the
News-Tribune, a newspaper published in the county in
which said lands lie, also in the Palm Beach Post, a news-
paper published at West Palm Beach:

"NOTICE."

Tallahassee, Florida, April 13, 1923.

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the In-
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida, will
hold a meeting at 11 o'clock A. M., on Wednesday, May
23, 1923, at Tallahassee, Florida, for the purpose of con-













sidering the sale of all that real estate situated in Saint
Lucie County, Florida, described as follows, to-wit:

Lots 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9, Section 18.
Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, Section 19.
Lots 1, 2, 3 and 4, Section 30.
Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, Section 32.
All in Township 35 South, Range 41 East;
containing 968.32 acres, more or less.
Bids for the above land will be received at Tallahassee
until 11 o'clock A. M., May 23, A. D. 1923.
Certified check for $1,000.00 must accompany all bids.
The right to reject any and all bids is reserved.
All bids should be addressed to the Secretary of the
Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund and marked
"Bids for State Lands."
By order of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement
Fund of the State of Florida.
CARY A. HARDEE, Governor.
Attest: J. STUART LEWIS, Secretary.

Upon motion, the Trustees adjourned.
CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, April 19, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:

Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRea, Commissioner of Agriculture.

The following bills were approved and ordered paid:

Moore Haven Times, Moore Haven, Fla. To adver-
tisement land sale March 27th, Glades County $ 21.00












A. R. Richardson, Tallahassee, Fla. To reimburse-
ment expenses on trip of Survey Sturm Islands
in Lake Kissimmee, April 7th to 13th, 1923.... 52.93
John W. Williams, Tallahassee, Fla. To reimburse-
ment expenses of trip to Bay County, inspection
of lands ................................... 34.10
Glades County Democrat, Moore Haven, Fla. To
1 year's subscription Tax Clerk.............. 1.50
Ft. Lauderdale Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. To
1 year's subscription Tax Clerk ............... 2.00
Miami Herald, Miami, Fla. To 1 year's subscrip-
tion to paper account Tax Clerk.............. 9.00
Moore Haven Times, Moore Haven, Fla. To 1
year's subscription paper, Tax Clerk.......... 2.00
Miami Metropolis, Miami, Fla. To 1 year's sub-
scription to paper, Tax Clerk ................. 7.80
Herald Company, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. To 1 year's
subscription to paper, Tax Clerk.............. 2.00
H. & W. B. Drew Company, Jacksonville, Fla. To
stamps, dater and ink pad, Tax Clerk.......... 5.65

$137.98

Financial Statement for the month of March, 1923, was
presented and ordered placed of record:

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR MARCH, 1923.

Balance on hand March 1, 1923.... $57,266.20
Interest on note No. 3 of J. Barton
acct. purchase of Palm Beach
county land .................... 20.64
From land sales ($16,733.23) less
25% State School Fund ($4,183.31)
............................... 12,549.92

$69,836.76
Less Disbursements ............... 27,083.09


Balance April 1, 1923..............


$42,753.67












RECAPITULATION.
Cash and cash items .............. $ 1,000.00
Balance in banks ................. 41,753.67

$42,753.67
BALANCES IN BANKS APRIL 1, 1923.
Atlantic National Bank; Jacksonville,
Fla. .......................... $ 409.64
Barnett National Bank, Jacksonville,
Fla. ........................ 9,622.47
Florida National Bank, Jacksonville,
Fla ....................... 4,934.28
First National Bank, Miami, Fla.... 1,484.64
First National Bank, West Beach
Palm Beach, Fla. .............. 19,694.24
Capital City Bank, Tallahassee, Fla. 3,356.85
Exchange Bank, Tallahasse, Fla .... 805.84
Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee,, Fla. 1,445.71

$41,753.67
DISBURSEMENTS.
Date Check
1923. No. In Favor of Amount.
Mar. 1-4875-C. B. Gwynn.....$ 250.00
Mar. 1-4876-Glenn Terrell..... 116.66
Mar. 1-4877-J. Stuart Lewis.... 66.66
Mar. 1-4878-R. W. Ervin...... 50.00
Mar. 1-4879-Jentye Dedge ..... 40.33
Mar. 1-4880-F. B. Tippens, Sher-
iff Lee Co. ....... 29.50
Mar. 1-4881-C. F. Saunders, Clk.
Ct. Ct. .......... 1.30
Mar. 23-4882-Western Union Tele-
graph Co. ........ 6.61
Mar. 23-4883-Geo. E. Eubanks... 30.00
Mar. 23--4884-Fred E. Fenno, Clk.
Ct. Ct............. 6.00
Mar. 23-4885-W. H. May, Post-
master ........... 21.98
Mar. 28-4886-R. B. McLendon,
Tax Collector .... 26,464.05

$27,083.09
2-. I.












A letter from Mr. John C. Sherman, representing Brown
& Company, of Portland, Maine, was presented to the
Trustees requesting an extension of sixty days time for
withdrawal from sale of an island in Biscayne Bay, in
view of the fact that they were still negotiating with the
War Department relative to improvements proposed by
the above company. The Trustees agreed to grant the
sixty days' extension dating from April 17th, 1923.

Upon motion, the Trustees adjourned.

CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, April 24, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:
Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

Messrs. Conners, Carmichael and Faulk met with the
Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund with reference
to the proposed Conners Highway. The Trustees had
previously taken action on the proposition as set forth
by Minute of March 17, 1923. Agreement covering grant
of right-of-way to Mr. Conners, along West Palm Beach
Canal and east shore of Lake Okeechobee on which to
construct the said road was presented, and after dis-
cussing the same the Trustees authorized its execution.
This agreement was considered at the same time and in
conjunction with another agreement of same date with
the Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage Dis-
trict, through which Mr. Conners was granted the right
to obtain rock from the West Palm Beach Canal by pay-
ing one-half the cost of excavating said rock and sand
construction and the improvement of the West Palm














Beach Canal being carried out jointly by Mr. Conners
and the Trustees.

Upon motion, the Trustees adjourned.

CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, April 28, 1923.

A joint meeting of the Trustees of the Internal Improve-
ment Fund and the Board of Commissioners of Everglades
Drainage District was held on this date in the office of
the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:

Cary A. IIardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

Mr. T. J. Campbell, Senator of the 13th District, Mr.
Carmichael, Representative from Palm Beach County, Mr.
Weilding, Representative from Broward County ,and Mr.
Young, representing St. Lucie County, met with the joint
Boards.
The matter considered related to the extension of the
boundary of the Everglades Drainage District to include
all of the East Coast territory from the present Northeast
corner of the District Eastward to a point near and North
of Stuart; thence Southward along the coast to a point
South of Miami to join with the present boundary of
Everglades Drainage District where the same intersects
the coast line near Cocoanut Grove. The inclusion of the
coast territory in Everglades Drainage District would
contemplate extending the present One Mill Ad Valorem
Tax, now assessed against all property in Everglades
Drainage District, so that the same would cover all of the
new territory. The acreage assessment of Everglades
Drainage District taxes was not to apply against the new
territory so included. The Trustees and the Drainage













Board stated their reasons for the extension of the boun-
daries of the Everglades Drainage District and the assess-
ment of the Ad Valorm Tax of One Mill on same.
After a discussion of the subject it was decided that the
Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund and the
Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District
would prepare a statement setting forth the reasons for
extending the boundary of the Everglades Drainage Dis-
trict as above described and of assessing upon the same
an Ad Valorem Tax of One Mill; that a bill would be
drafted covering the said extension of boundary and the
assessment of the said tax, and that a resolution should
be prepared and adopted in the premises; that on the
foregoing, and upon the recommendation and support of
the Drainage Board and the Trustees of the Internal
Improvement Fund, the several members of the Legislature
from the affected territory would present the same to the
public and ascertain the views of the several localities
with reference to inclusion of the areas and the application
of the tax as above described, and if the same should be
favorably received and recommended, the Bill, in a final
form to be agreed upon, would be presented for passage
at this session of the Legislature.

Pursuant to Minute of the 24th, the following agreement
was entered into with Mr. W. J. Conners, of Palm Beach
County, Florida:
AGREEMENT.

MEMORANDUM. OF AGREEMENT Made and entered
into this 25th day of April, A. D. 1923, by and between
Cary A. Hardee, Governor; Ernest Amos, Comptroller;
J. C. Luning, State Treasurer; Rivers Buford, Attorney
General, and W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture,
of and composing the Trustees of the Internal Improve-
ment Fund of the State of Florida, as such officials, their
successors and successors in office, as parties of the first
part, hereinafter referred to as the "TRUSTEES," and
W. J. Conners, of Palm Beach, Palm Beach County,
Florida, for himself and his successors and assigns, as the
party of the second part, hereinafter referred to as
"CONNERS,"
WITNESSETH:
That in consideration of the sum of Ten Dollars ($10.00)














paid by the party of the second part, the receipt of which
is hereby acknowledged, and in further consideration of
the mutual covenants and agreements hereinafter set forth,
the said parties hereby covenant and agree as follows:
FIRST: The Trustees agree to and hereby grant and
convey, forever to Conners, his heirs, successors and
assigns, a strip of land for building a road thereon, along
and on the right-of-way of the West Palm Beach Canal
on the south or southwest side thereof, beginning at the
intersection of the said canal with what is known as the
Okeechobee Road Canal, and extending in a northwesterly
direction to Lake Okeechobee, the said strip to be sixty-six
(66) feet wide and having its north or northeast boundary
line 25 feet from the edge of the West Palm Beach Canal,
which boundary may be extended to the said canal at
such intervals or points as may be required for connecting
road ditches or culverts with the said canal, and for such
other purposes as may be agreed to by both parties hereto.
From or near the point where the said strip of land
intersects Lake Okeechobee, then northerly along or near
the eastern shore of the said lake, the Trustees further
grant Conners a strip of land sixty-six (66) feet wide,
extending to the town of Okeechobee, in Okeechobee
County, Florida, and southerly along or near the eastern
shore of the said lake to Pahokee, in Palm Beach County,
Florida, through and over any lands owned and held by
the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund for the
State of Florida.
SECOND: The Trustees reserve the right to construct
through the said right-of-way, for drainage purposes, at
such intervals as they may deem necessary, either for
themselves or any other party, or parties engaged in
draining or assisting in draining any portion of the Ever-
glades, such canals or ditches as may be necessary for such
purposes and under such regulations as they may pre-
scribe, not inconsistent with the purpose of this agree-
ment.
THIRD: Conners agrees to construct and maintain on
such strip herein granted, a hard surfaced road not less
than fifteen (15) feet wide and not nearer the canal than
twenty-five (25) feet, and also to construct at each point
where said strip of land crosses a canal, having dimensions
of not less than ten (10) feet depth of cut and forty (40)
feet width of bottom, a steel bridge of some practical draw














type. That the. net clearance between abutments shall not
be less than fifty (50) feet; and that the overhead clear-
ance at the lowest member of bridge or bridges shall not
be less than four (4) feet above normal ground surface
when the span is closed, and that the vertical clearance
when the span is open for the requirement of navigation
shall not be less than forty (40) feet above the water level
at the side of the bridge. That all ditches or culverts con-
structed by Conners, connecting with West Palm Beach
Canal, shall be in accordance with the requirements of
the Board for such ditches or culverts.
FOURTH: Conners further agrees that all draw-
bridges constructed or used over or across any such canal
or canals shall be constructed and maintained in accord-
ance with plans approved by the Chief Drainage Engineer
for the Trustees, and should other canals be constructed
by the Trustees which would pass across or under the said
road at any time, Conners. will provide suitable bridges
or culverts at such crossings without cost to the Trustees,
and that such draw-bridges shall be operated in accord-
ance with the Pilot Laws of the United States relating to
draw-bridges across navigable streams.
FIFTH: It is agreed by the Trustees and Conners that
the rights, right-of-way, easement and estate hereby
granted and intended to be granted by the Trustees to
Conners, his heirs, successors and assigns, shall be held
and exercised by him or them so long as used for the con-
struction and operation of a hard surfaced road, but
when said strip shall in its entirety be voluntarily aban-
doned for road purposes, the said right-of-way shall revert
and return to the Trustees, who shall thereby become re-
invested with the title thereto.
SIXTH: In the event that Conners may desire to
obtain rock from the Saint Lucie Canal, or from the banks
thereof, for use in the construction, operation and main-
tenance of the road herein referred to, it is agreed that
such rock may be obtained by him without charge, except
such costs as may be incident to the handling, crushing
and transfer of said rock. The taking and removing of
said rock shall be done in such manner as will not damage
or shoal said canal. The right is granted to Conners to
erect and operate a crushing plant on said canal for the
duration of the road construction period.











It is agreed that the Board, its agents and vehicles shall
at all times have passage over the road herein constructed
without the payment of toll.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, The parties hereto have
caused these presents to be executed in duplicate, this 25th
day of April, A. D. 1923.
CARY A. HARDEE, (Seal)
Governor.
ERNEST AMOS, (Seal)
Comptroller.
J. C. LUNING, (Seal)
State Treasurer.
RIVERS BUFORD, (Seal)
Attorney General.
W. A. McRAE, (Seal)
Commissioner of Agriculture.
Of and composing the Trustees of
the Internal Improvement Fund.
W. J. CONNERS, (Seal)
Party of the Second Part.
Signed, sealed and delivered in
presence of:
M. D. CARMICHAEL,
GLENN TERRELL,
For the Parties of the First Part.
Signed, Sealed and Delivered in the presence of:
M. D. CARMICHAEL.
GLENN' TERRELL,
For the Party of the Second Part.

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned.

CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahssee, Florida, April 30, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.











Present:

Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

Mr. G. W. Bingham, of West Palm Beach, appeared
before the Trustees relative to purchasing the submerged
lands adjacent to Lone Cabbage Island, containing approx-
mately 30 acres, lying in Section 27, Township 43 South,
Range 43 East. After discussion it was decided to sell
such submerged land, and the following Notice was ordered
advertised in the Palm Beach Post, as required by law:

"NOTICE."

Tallahassee, Florida, April 30, 1923.

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the In-
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida, will
hold a meeting at 11 o'clock A. M., Tuesday, June 5, 1923,
for the purpose of considering the sale of a submerged
tract of land, situated in Palm Beach County, Florida,
located in Section 27, Township 43 South, Range 43 East,
described as follows:
"A shallow bank or submerged tract of land in
Section 27, Township 43 South, Range 43 East, in
Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida, more
particularly described as lying around and con-
tiguous to Lone Cabbage Island, extending North
and South for a width of approximately 200 feet
on the East side of said Island, and North and
South for a width of apporximately 50 feet on the
West side of the said Island, and having a length
of approximately 3,590 feet, containing 30 acres,
more or less; exact description to be furnished
with the Deed.'
This notice is published in compliance with Sec-
tion 1062, Revised General Statutes of Florida,
and any person or persons who may have objec-
tions to said sale, may have an opportunity to
present same as therein described.














Bids for above land will be received at Tallahas-
see until 11 o'clock A. M., Tuesday, June 5, 1923.
Certified check for $500.00 must accompany all
bids. Terms cash.
The right to reject any and all bids is reserved.
By order of the Trustees of the Internal Im-
provement' Fund of the State of Florida.
CARY A. HARDEE, Governor.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS, Secretary."

Mr. Amos, Comptroller, presented an application from
Brown Company, of Portland, Maine, for the purchase of
approximately 60,000 acres of land in the Everglades.
This matter was deferred for further consideration.

The following bills presented by the Secretary were
approved and the Treasurer was requested to issue checks
in payment of same:
C. B. Gwynn, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as Clerk
Land Department during April, 1923.......... $250.00
Glenn Terrell, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as
Counsel during April, 1923.................. 116.66
J. Stuart Lewis, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as
*Secretary during April, 1924 ................. 66.66
R. W. Ervin, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as Tax
Clerk during April, 1923 ................. ... 150.00
Jentye Dedge, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as
Stenographer during April, 1923 ............. 40.33
Post Publishing Company, West Palm Beach, Fla.
To advertising land sale 30 days-March 27,
1923 .................................... 11.25

$634.90

Mr. G. G. Marshall, former owner of Tracts 39, 40 57
and 58 of Section 10, Township 51 South, Range 38 East,
containing 20 acres, in Broward County, made application
to purchase same, title having vested in said Trustees for
non-payment of Everglades Drainage District taxes for
the year 1916. Having paid the sum of $19.00 for said
land, being an amount equal to the unpaid drainage taxes,
penalties, interest and subsequent drainage taxes, to and
including the year 1922, and satisfactory evidence having














been produced to show that the Tax Collector of Broward
county had been paid, the drainage taxes for 1920 and
1921 by said Marshall, it was ordered that the amount
overpaid, to-wit: $6.00 be refunded and warrant for said
amount be issued to Mr. Marshall from the Drainage Tax
Fund.

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned.
CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, May 2, 1923.
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:
Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.
The application of Brown Company, of Portland, Maine,
to purchase certain lands in Palm Beach County, which
matter was before the Trustees, April 30, 1923, was further
considered, and it was decided to advertise certain lands
in that county upon request of said company; whereupon,
the Secretary was instructed to insert the following notice
of sale in the Palm Beach Post, a newspaper published in
the county in which said lands lie:

NOTICE.
Tallahassee, Florida, May 2, 1923.
NOTICE is hereby given that by virtue of the authority
vested in them under the laws of the State of Florida, the
Trustes of the Internal Improvement Fund will, at Tal-
lahassee, Florida, at 12 o'clock noon, Wednesday, June 6,
1923, receive bids for the purchase of 60,000 acres, more
or less, of the following described lands, in Palm Beach
County, Florida:











Sections 1, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 28, 29 30,
31, 32, 33, in Township 45 South, Range 38 East.
Sections 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23,
25, 27, 29, 31, 33 and 35 in Township 46 South,
Range 38 East;
All of the Hiatus Strip of land lying substanti-
ally South of Township 45 South, Ranges 37, 38,
39 and 40 East, and lying substantially North of
Township 46 South, Ranges 37, 38, 39 and 40
East;
Sections 3, 7, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, 31 and 35,
Township 46 South, Range 39 East;
Sections 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23,
25, 27, 29, 33 and 35, Township 46 South, Range
37 East;
Sections 3, 7, 11, 13, 19, 23, 25, 27, 31 and 35,
Township 45 South, Range 37 East.
Sections 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23,
25, 27, 29, 31, 33 and 35, Township 45 South,
Range 39 East;
Sections 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 18, 20, 22 and 24,
Township 47 South, Range 39 East;
containing 85,760 acres, more or less; the acreage being
approximate only and to be computed and adjusted when
actual surveys, so far as the. same shall be necessary, shall
have been made, subject to the following terms and con-
ditions:
1. Purchaser shall pay $60,000.00 by certified check,
upon acceptance of bid, and three further payments of
$60,000.00 each at one, two and three years thereafter,
and shall complete payment within seven years.
2. Purchaser shall develop land for agricultural pur-
poses and not for colonization, and shall have in actual
cultivation, in a marketable staple crop, not less than
one thousand acres thereof within two years from date
of acceptance of bid.
3. Purchaser shall construct substantial necessary build-
ings and lateral ditches, and the like improvements, to
the amount of $250,000.00 within the period of the said
seven years.
4. Purchaser shall assume all State, county and drain-
age taxes after the year 1923.
5. After one year, upon forfeiture of first cash pay-
ment, the purchaser shall have the right to surrender











contract for said lands without further liability except
for pro-rated amount of annual payment and all taxes
to date, and shall be entitled to said lands in an amount
equal to his total payments to date of surrender, divided
by the price bid per acre, provided he shall have improved
all lands to which he is so entitled to the full pro-rata
extent of the above enumerated improvements.
6. Trustees not to create any charge, easement, lien,
encumbrances or estates in the said lands; to protect
purchaser against all loss from suits, liens, claims or
demands respecting said lands, that same may be free,
clear and unencumbered, and upon payment by purchaser
of the full amount of the price bid and accepted for said
lands, the Trustees to convey the same to purchaser by a
good and sufficient deed of conveyance, conveying a good
and marketable title in fee simple, free of all liens, encum-
brances, easements, and purchaser to have the right to
make assignments of contract of purchase to any person,
firm or corporation which shall thereafter possess all rights
conferred upon purchaser; contract to be binding on both
Trustees and purchaser, their successors and assigns.
Bids for above land will be received at Tallahassee until
12 o'clock noon, Wednesday, June 6, 1923.
Certified check for $1,000.00 must accompany all bids.
The right to reject any and all bids is reserved.
Deed subject to usual reservations.
By order of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement
Fund of the State of Florida.
CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS, Secretary.

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned.


CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.











Tallahassee, Florida, May 8, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:
Ernest Amos ,Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.
Mr. Cyril Baldwin appeared before the Trustees and
made application to exchange lands owned by him in
Sections 13, 14 and 15, Township 39 South, Range 33
East, for lands of the Trustees in Section 11, Township
37 South, Range 30 East.
Mr. Luning moved that the Chief Drainage Engineer
be requested to have Mr. C. M. Johnson, Fire Warden,
make an examination of, both tracts of land as to their
relative value and any improvements or proposed improve-
ments that might enhance the value of said lands, and
report same to the Trustees as early as possible.
Upon vote the motion was adopted.
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned.
ERNEST AMOS, Comptroller,
Acting Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, May 10, 1923.
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:
Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
'J. C. Luining Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Conimissioner of Agriculture.
Mr. M. D. Carmichael appeared before the Trustees and
stated he was owner of Sections 1 and 2 of Township 41











South, Range 37 East, Palm Beach County, and was
desirous of purchasing Section 6 of Township 41 South,
Range 38 East, and if the Trustees would advertise same-
for sale he would agree to bid not less than $25.00 per acre
for said land on date of sale. Upon motion of Mr. Luning,
duly seconded, the land was ordered advertised as required
by law, for sale on June i4, 1923, in the Palm Beach
Post, a newspaper published in the county in which said
lands lie.
Mr. H. J. Dame, on behalf of certain land owners on
Kramer Island, appeared before the Trustees with refer-
ence to low lands bordering said islands. The property
owners had originally acquired lands on the island along
the shore of Lake Okeechobee to the meander line of the
lake. By reason of the lowering of Lake Okeechobee,
certain marginal lands will be made useable when pro-
tected by levee or dyke against temporary high lake level,
or from high wind tides. It was considered that the land
so made available would extend from the present meander
line at ordinary high water mark to approximately the
16 foot contour, and that such strip would have a width
varying from 200 feet to 500 feet. Mr. Dame requested the
Trustees to sell the abutting land owners this strip of land
to the 16 foot contour. The area in question amounts to
approximately 29 acres.
The Trustees agreed to sell the lands to the abutting
property owners at a price of $50.00 per acre. Mr. Dame
requested a short time within which to consult with his
clients and in which to advise the Trustees of their decis-
ion, which the Trustees agreed to.
The Financial Statement for the month of April, 1923,
was presented and ordered placed of record:

Balance on hand April 1, 1923 .... $ 42,753.67
Interest on deposits, quarter ending
March 31, 1923............... 504.76
From land sales ($143,831.41) less
25% to State School Fund
($35,957.84) ................. 107,873.57

$151,132.00
Less disbursements ............ 24,653.55


Balance May 1, 1923............


$126,478.45













RECAPITULATION.

SCash and cash items'............$ 1,000.00
Balance in banks................ 125,478.45

$126,478.45

BALANCES IN BANK MAY 1, 1923.

Altantic National, Jacksonville,
Fla. ...................... $ 37,968.07
Barnett National, Jacksonville,
Fla. ........................ 21,844.69
Florida National, Jacksonville, Fla. 39,465.00
First National, Miami, Fla....... 1,495.77
First National, West Palm Beach,
Fla. ........................ 19,841.81
Capital City, Tallahassee, Fla..... 2,588.77
Exchange, Tallahassee, Fla....... 813.19
Lewis State, Tallahassee, Fla..... 1,461,15

$125,478.45

DISBURSEMENTS.
Date Check
1923. No. In Favor of Amount.
Apr. 2-4887-C. B. Gwynn..-..$ 250.00
Apr. 2-4888-Glenn Terrell ... 116.66
Apr. 2-4889-J. Stuart Lewis. 66.66
Apr. 2-4890-R. W. Ervin.... 50.00
Apr. 2-4891-Jentye Dedge .. 40.33
Apr. 2-4892-Fort Lauderdale
Sentinel ........ 9.92
Apr. 2-4893-Miami Hera 1 d
Publishing Co.... 9.00
Apr. 2-4894-Glenn Terrell ... 64.80
Apr. 2-4895-R. W. Ervin .... 100.00
Apr. 4-4896-Underwood Type-
writer Co. ...... 85.05
Apr. 5-4897-Alvin B. Crow,
Tax Col ........ 1,914.25
Apr. 5-4898-Alvin B. Crow,
Tax Col. ......... 14,239.60
Apr. 5-4899-W. 0. Berryhill,
Tax Col. .......... 780.75













Date Check
1923. No. In Favor of Amount.
Apr. 5-4900--R. B. McLendon,
Tax Col. ......... 640.00
Apr. 5-4901-R. B. McLendon,
Tax. Col. ....... 5,930.95
Apr. 6-4902-Wm. Bell ...... 12.00
Apr. 6-4903-B. H. Burnett... 12.00
Apr. 6-4904-S. S. Hatch..... 15.75
Apr. 6-4905-S. Ellett ....... 4.50
Apr. 6-4906-Lloyd Melroy ... 3.00
Apr. 6-4907-N. K. Williams.. 97.58
Apr. 6-4908-McDowell Lumber
Company ....... 13.46
Apr. 6-4909-A. Kattenbruner. 4.34
Apr. 6-4910-Grant Furniture
Company ....... 41.25
Apr. 6-4911-Western Union
Telegraph Co.... 3.97
Apr. 6-4912-M iami Herald
Pub. Co. ......... 9.75
Apr. 20-4913-Moore Haven
Times .......... 21.00
Apr. 20-4914-A. R. Richardson 52.93
Apr. 20-1915-John W. Williams 34.10
Apr. 20-4916-Glades C o u n t y
Democrat ....... 1.50
Apr. 20-4917-Fort Lauderdale.
Sentinel ........ 2.00
Apr. 20-4918-Miami Herald... 9.00
Apr. 20-4919-Moore Haven
Times .......... 2.00
Apr. 20-4920-Miami Metropolis 7.80
Apr. 20-4921-Herald Co. (Ft.
Lauderdale) .... 2.00
Apr. 20-4922-H. & W. B. Drew
Co. ............. 5.65

$24,653.55
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned.
CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.











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Tallahassee, Florida, May 14, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:
Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

The matter of balance due by Pennington & Evans on
timber purchased in Lake Ocheesee was discussed and as
they were still removing timber from said lake and had
failed to make payments as required by agreement, it was
ordered that the Attorney of the Trustees proceed to
take the necessary steps to stop the removal of timber
from said Lake Ocheesee.

Mr. Terrell, Counsol, stated that Mr. E. J. L'Engle bad
advised him that the Florida Sugar & Food Products
Company had completed their Sugar Mill at a cost of
$200,000.00 as per agreement of August 20, 1921, and
asked what form of evidence as to the completion of the
work was required by the Trustees. The counsel was
instructed to have said company make affidavit of such
construction and cost and file with the Trustees.

Upon motion the Trustees adjournd.

CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, May 15, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.













Present:

Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

Mr. Watson, representing the City of Miami, appeared
before the Trustees and stated that the city was anxious
to secure title to certain submerged lands in Biscayne
Bay, within the city limits, south of Collier's Bridge,
containing something like 1,000 acres, to be used for
municipal purposes only, and read a bill which he had
prepared for presentation to the Legislature, giving said
land to the city. Upon vote the Trustees decided that
they, as Trustees of the lands of the State of Florida,
could not convey such lands, or endorse said bill, to grant
said lands to the city of Miami, Florida.

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned.

CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, May 18, 1923.
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:

Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

A letter from Mr. John C. Sherman, representing Brown
Company, of Portland, Maine, was read, requesting the
Trustees to advertise a certain island located in Biscayne
Bay, Dade County, Florida; the Trustees having formerly
agreed to advertise said island when said Brown Company











had secured permits from the United States War Depart-
ment to make certain excavation, etc., Brown Company
having agreed to bid not less than $500.00 per acre for
said island and submerged area, subject to sale by the
Trustees. Whereupon, the Trustees ordered said sub-
merged land advertised in the Miami Herald, a newspaper
published in Dade County, Florida, as required by law,
and the following advertisement was ordered published:

NOTICE.

Tallahassee, Florida, May 18, 1923.

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the
Internal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida, will
hold a meeting at 11 o'clock A. M., Thursday, June 28,
A. D. 1923, for the purpose of considering the sale of
a submerged tract of land, situated in Township 54 South,
Range 42 East, Dade County, Florida, described as
follows:

The island and surrounding shoals in Biscayne
Bay, lying in the NE1/4 of Section 9, Township
54 South, Range 42 East, and between the Florida
East Coast Railway channel and the municipal
channel, about one-quarter of a mile west of
junction; containing 10 acres, more or less.

This notice is published in compliance with Section
1062, Revised General Statutes of Florida.
Bids for above land will be received at Tallahassee until
11 o'clock A. AM., Thursday, June 28, 1923.
Certified check for $1,000.00 must accompany all bids.
The right to reject any and all bids is reserved.
By order of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement
Fund of the State of Florida.
CARY A. HARDEE, Governor.
Attest:
J. Stuart Lewis, Secretary.

The Secretary presented a list of applications of former
owners of land in Broward, Dade, Glades, Lee, Okeecho-
bee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie Counties, who had failed
to pay their drainage taxes, and certificates having been
issued to said Trustees, and title to the lands having











vested in them, the Secretary was instructed to advertise
said lands applied for in the various counties as required
by law.

The following bills were approved and the Treasurer
was requested to issue checks in payment of same:

Western Uniofn Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Fla.
Services during April, 1923 ..................$ 1.81
W. H. May, Postmaster, Tallahassee, Fla. To post-
age stamps Secretary's office ................. 15.00
H. & W. B. Drew Co., Jacksonville, Fla. To file
and folders account Tax Clerk ................ 62.75
Grant Furniture Company, Tallahassee, Fla. To 1
table and two sets of guides, account Tax Clerk 11.50
T. J. Appleyard, Printer, Tallahassee, Fla. To
printing minutes of Trustees, letter heads for Tax
Clerk and placards for Counsel................ 407.70
D. A. Dixon, Tallahassee, Fla. To 1 box carbon,
account Secretary's office .................... 3.00
To 1 file case, account Tax Clerk................. 60.00

$561.76
As a meeting of the land owners of Southern Drainage
District is to be held on June 11, 1923, at Miami, Florida,
and on account of pressing engagements, none of the
Trustees will be able to attend said meeting, it was decided
to appoint Mr. Joe Conrad as Proxy for said Board;
Whereupon, the following Proxy was executed:

PROXY.

WHEREAS, It will be impossible for any member of
the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund to attend
the meeting of land owners of the Southern Drainage
District to be held June 11, 1923, at Miami, Florida; and
WHEREAS, The Trustees desire to be represented at
such meeting; therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED, That J. P. Conrad is hereby
designated to represent the State of Florida at the election
*of Supervisors for said Southern Drainage District to be
held at Miami, Florida, June 11, 1923, and to vote the
extent of the acreage owned by the State in said District











for Supervisor thereof, or any other matters coming prop-
erly before said meeting.
CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
And Chairman Trustees of In-
ternal Improvement Fund of
the State of Florida.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS, Secretary.

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned.

CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, May 22, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:

Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

Messrs. LeGro and Simmons, of Miami, appeared before
the Trustees in behalf of the Biscayne Bay Improvement
Company, and stated that they wished to purchase from
the Trustees a strip of land 100 feet wide, lying along
and parallel with Collin's Bridge, extending 50 feet on
each side of the center line of Collin's Bridge across Bis-
cayne Bay, so that the islands owned in the Bay by said
company may be connected with Miami and Miami Beach.
After discussion it was agreed to sell a strip of land 100
feet wide, where owned by the Trustees, for and in consid-
eration of $1,000.00 and upon receipt of a plat and
description of said lands, same will be advertised as
required by law and on date of sale deed will be issued
to the Biscayne Bay Improvement Company; which prop-











position was accepted by Messrs. LeGro and Simmons, for
the Biscayne Bay Improvement Company.

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned.

CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
'Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, May 23, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:

Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

The Trustees met to consider bids for the sale of the
following described lands:

Lots 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9, Section 18;
Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, Section 19;
Lots 1, 2, 3 and 4, Section 30;
Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, Section 32;
All in Township 35 South, Range 41 East in Saint
Lucie County, and containing 968.32 acres,
more or less.

The said lands having been advertised in the News-
Tribune, a newspaper published in the county in which
said lands lie, for thirty days, and affidavit of such pub-
lication having been filed with the Secretary of the Trus-
tees, as required by law, and the same having also been
advertised in the Palm Beach Post, bids were presented
by the Secretary and same ordered opened.
Dr. M. J. Burston bid $40.00 per acre for Lot 5 of
Section 19, and $31.00 per acre for Lots 1 and 2 of Sec-
tion 30.













The Palm Beach Development Company bid $40.00 per
acre for the entire acreage.
Report of Mr. A. R. Richardson, who, by direction of
the Trustees, had made an examination of these lands,
was submitted and ordered filed. After discussion, Mr.
Luning moved that all bids be rejected and a price of
$150.00 per acre be placed upon the same if sold as a
whole, otherwise the lots in Section 19, and the lots in
Section 18, Section 30 and 32, will be sold at $200.00 per
acre, if sold separately. The motion was duly seconded
and adopted.
The Secretary was instructed to return checks, which
accompanied bids, to the bidders.

The following bills were approved and the Treasurer
requested to issue checks to cover:

The News Printing Co., Ft. Pierce, Fla. Advertis-
ing land sale St. Lucie County, May 23, 1923..$ 9.39
Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Fla. Adver-
tising land sale St. Lucie County, May 23, 1923.. 9.50
A. R. Richardson, Tallahassee, Fla. Expenses trip
to Ft. Pierce to inspect lands in Township 35
South, Range 41 East........................ 51.79
$ 70.68

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned.

ERNEST AMOS, Comptroller.
Acting Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
SSecretary.


Tallahassee, Florida, May 24, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.













Present:

Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commisioner of Agriculture.

Hon. Glenn Terrell, Special Counsel for the Trustees
of the Internal Improvement Fund and the Board of
Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District, having
been appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida
and having assumed said duties on May 15, 1923, the mat-
ter of electing a successor to Mr. Terrell for the above
Boards was brought to the attention of the Trustees by
the Chairman; whereupon, Mr. Luning nominated Hon.
John B. Johnson, which nomination being duly seconded,
the vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Hardee, Amos, Luning and Buford, 4.
Nays-Mr. McRae, 1.
Mr. Johnson was declared elected, effective June 1, 1923.
Mr. Luning moved that the salary of the Special Counsel
be $4,500.00 per annum, paid as formerly. Seconded by
Mr. Amos, the vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Hardee, Amos, Luning and Buford, 4.
Nays-Mr. McRae, 1,
So the motion was adopted.
The Secretary was instructed to advise Mr. Johnson of
the action of the Boards.

The following Resolution was introduced and unani-
mously adopted:

RESOLUTION.

WHEREAS, Hon. Glenn Terrell, Special Counsel of
the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund and the
Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District,
having been appointed to the highly honorable position
of Justice of the Supreme Court of our State; and
WHEREAS, In severing the official relations so pleas-
antly existing between Mr. Terrell and the Boards for
the past six years, they do so with a feeling of mingled
regret and satisfaction; regret that we will no longer have
his valuable services, and satisfaction that by his ability











in handling all legal matters of the Boards he has won
the friendship, esteem and confidence of its members, in
so far that the Governor, Hon. Cary A. Hardee, Chairman
of the Boards, has seen fit to recognize that ability by
appointing him a Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida;
now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED, That the thanks of the members
of the Trustees and Board of Commissioners of Everglades
Drainage District is hereby tendered our retiring Special
Counsel for the valuable service rendered them during the
time he served as Counsel and for much important litiga-
tion and many matters of a legal nature which were
instituted and concluded, and his ability in handling these
matters has in every instance been most satisfactory and
advantageous to the interests represented.
Mr. M. D. Carmichael appeared before the Trustees and
stated that he wished to purchase a tract of submerged
lands in Lake Worth, containing approximately 30 acres
and would pay $25.00 per acre for same. After discussion
the Trustees offered to sell Mr. Carmichael a tract 1,000
feet by 1,500 feet, containing 34.41 acres, more or less, for
$2,500.00 or a tract of 20 acres at $50.00 per acre, provided
his bid was the best bid received when lands were adver-
tised for sale; lands to be advertised as required by law
for sale July 2, 1923.

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned.

CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahasee, Florida, May 28, 1923.
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:
Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.











The following. Resolution was offered and adopted:

RESOLUTION.

WHEREAS, D. R. McNeil appeared before the Trus-
tees of the Internal Improvement Fund and requested
that certain lands belonging to the State of Florida, lying
in Okeechobee County, between the present shore of Lake
Okeechobee and the boundaries of existing surveys by
the Federal Government, be surveyed and platted and
placed on the market, and any parties now living on the
said lands be given a preferential right to purchase the
same; and
WHEREAS, This Board has knowledge that there
exists within the boundaries as above indicated consid-
erable acreage of the said lands which belong to the
State of Florida and which it is proper to have surveyed
and platted; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED, By the Trustees of the Internal
Improvement Fund that the Chief Drainage Engineer
be, and he is hereby, requested to make or to have made
a survey of all lands belonging to the State of Florida
lying between the lines of existing survey and the present
high water mark of Lake Okeechobee, in Okeechobee Coun-
ty, and that the plat and field notes of the said survey
and a full report thereof be returned to this Board at
the earliest date possible; and
BE. IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That on the said plat
of the said survey there be indicated as near as possible
the settlements or claims of all parties now located and
settled on the same.
DONE AND ORDERED this 28th day of May, A. D.
1923.
CARY A. HARDEE,
Governor and Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS, Secretary.

Messrs. Bryant, Anderson and L'Engle appeared before
the Trustees in behalf of the Florida Sugar and Food
Products Company and requested that they be permitted
to file an affidavit on the part of the said company,
showing that their part of a certain contract entered into
between them and the Trustees, dated the 20th day of














August, A. D. 1921, had been fully carried out and com-
plied with, and requested further that the Trustees deed
them certain lands in- compliance with the provisions of
the said contract.
After due consideration the Trustees agreed to deed
to the Florida Sugar and Food Products Company the
following described lands:

NW1/4 of Section 23, Township 42 South,
Range 37 East; containing 160 acres, for which
the company is to release from said agreement all
that part of Section 3 lying South and West of
the Hillsborough Canal in Township 44 South,
Range 37 East; containing 158.80 acres, more or
less,
and that an affidavit, evidencing the compliance, on the
part of the said Florida Sugar and Food Products Com-
pany, of their part of the said contract, be prepared and
forwarded to this Board and the said affidavit be ordered
entered and become a part of the Minutes of the Trustees.
Hon. J. M. Burguieres and E. J. L'Engle appeared
before the iTrustees, representing the Southern States
Land & Timber Company, and requested that the said
company be permitted to pay its 1921 and 1922 Ever-
glades Drainage District taxes on the basis of the face of
the certificates now outstanding against the same; said
request being on the ground that the said taxes and cer-
tificates were illegally issued for the reason that the Stat-
utes of this State, in advertising the same in Palm Beach
County, had not been.complied with; the said advertise-
ment indicating a session of the Leglisature in a year when
no session was held, and did not properly enumerate the
name of the said tax, and for other errors apparent on
the face of the said advertisement affecting the same.
After due consideration the Trustees agreed to accept
the proposition of Messrs. Burguieres and L'Engle, and
permit them to pay the said 1921 and 1922 Drainage
Taxes of the Southern States Land & Timber Company,
on the face of the certificates covering the same.
A meeting of the landowners of Dade Drainage District
was called to be held on the 7th day of June, A. D. 1923,
at 10 o'clock A. M., and it being impossible for any
member of the Trustees to attend such meeting, Messrs.
Ernest R. Graham and H. Edgar Barnes were appointed













as proxies to represent the Trustees of the Internal Im-
provement Fund at said meeting and proxy was executed
and forwarded to the above named parties on this the
28th day of May, 1923.

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned.

CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, June 2, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:

Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C .Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

Mr. N. P. Yantis appeared before the Trustees and
made application to purchase the NE1/4; N1. of SEI/4 and
SE1/ of SE1/ of Section 35, Township 37; NE1/ of NE1/4;
S12 of NE1/ and SE1/2 of Section 2; E1/2 and E1/2
of SWI/4 of Section 11, Township 38, all South of Range
30 East, lying in Highlands County and containing 960
acres, more or less, and stated that he would agree to
bid not less than $15.00 per acre for the same if adver-
tised. Mr. Yantis requested that, if he was the success-
ful bidder, the terms be one-fourth cash and the balance
in three equal annual payments, with interest on deferred
payments; whereupon the Secretary was instructed to ad-
vertise the land as required by law for sale on July 10,
1923.

The following bills were approved and list ordered-
transmitted to Hon. J. C. Luning, Treasurer, with request
that he issue checks to cover:














C. B. Gwynn, Tallahassee, Fla. Chief Clerk Land
Dept., salary for May, 1923................. .$250.00
J. Stuart Lewis, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as
Secretary during May, 1923 .................. 66.66
R. W. Ervin, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as Tax
Clerk during May, 1923 ..................... 150.00
Jentye Dedge, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary during
M ay, 1923 ................................. 40.33
W. H. Chancey, Tallahassee, Fla. To reading proof
during May, 1923 ............. ........... 24.00
Glenn Terrell, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as Coun-
sel during May, 1923-15 days................ 58.33
Expense account to Panama City in Sword and
W achob case .............................. 29.47
$618.73

Financial Statement for the month of May, 1923, was
presented and ordered placed of record:

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR MAY, 1923.

Balance on hand May 1, 1923.....$126,478.45
From A. B. Crow, Tax Collector,
being refund on Palm Beach
Drainage and Highway District
taxes for 1922 ............... 84.50
From sale of Minutes ............ 3.00
From land sales ($49,328.72) less
25% to State School Fund
($12,332.18) ................. 36,996.54

$163,562.49
Less disbursements ............. 1,267.34
Balance June 1, 1923............ $162,295.15

RECAPITULATION.

Cash and cash items ............$ 1,000.00.
Balance in banks................ 161,295.15


$162,295.15














BALANCES IN BANK JUNE 1, 1923.

Atlantic 'National Bank, Jackson-
ville, Fla. .................. $ 37,968.07
Barnett National Bank, Jackson-
ville, Fla. .................... 58,841.23
Florida National Bank, Jackson-
ville, Fla. ................... 38,197.66
First National Bank, Miami, Fla.. 1,495.77
First National Bank, West Palm
Beach, Fla. ................... 19,841.81
Capital City Bank, Tallahassee,
Fla. ........................ 2,676.27
Exchange Bank, Tallahassee, Fla.. 813.19
Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee, Fla. 1,461.15

$161,295.15

DISBURSEMENTS.

Ddte Check
1923. No. In Favor of Amount.
May 1-4923-C. B. Gwynn...$ 250.00
May 1-4924--Glenn Terrell 116.66
May 1-4925-J. Stuart Lewis. 66.66
May 1-4926-R. W. Ervin... 150.00
May 1-4927-Jentye Dedge .. 40.33
May 1-4928-Post Publishing
Co. W. Palm
Beach ......... 11.25
May 19-4929-Western Union
Telegraph Co... 1.81
May 19-4930-W.. H. May, Post-
master ........ 15.00
May 19-4931-H. & W. B. Drew
Co ............ 62.75
May 19-4932-Grant Furniture
Co. ........... 11.50
May 19-4933-T. J. Appleyard
(Printer) ..... 407.70
May 19-4934-D. A. Dixon.... 63.00
May 24-4935-News Publishing
Co., Ft. Pierce. 9.39











Date Check
1923. No. In Favor of Amount.
May 24-4936-Palm Beach Post,
West Palm Beach 9.50
May 24-4937-A. R. Richardson 51.79

$ 1,267.34

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned.

CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, June 5, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:
Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
The Trustees met to consider the sale of a shallow bank
or submerged tract of land in Lake Worth, lying in Sec-
tion 27, Township 43 South, Range 43 East; the same hav-
ing been advertised as required by law in the Palm Beach
Post, a newspaper published in the county in which said
lands lie, and affidavit of publication filed with the Sec-
retary. There being no objections to the sale of the said
lands, the Trustees decided to recess until 4:30 P. M.,
when further consideration would be given the matter.

June 5, 1923, 4:30 P. M.
The Trustees met pursuant to recess and again recessed
to meet at 11:30 A. M., Wednesday, June 6th, 1923.

Wednesday, June 6, 1923, 12:20 P. M.
Trustees met pursuant to recess, for further considera-
tion of the sale of submerged tract of land. Upon motion,











duly adopted it was decided to accept oral bids for the
land; whereupon, Mr. Bingham bid $100.00 per acre;
this bid was raised to $275.00 per acre by Mr. Carmichael,
when Mr. Bingham bid $500.00 per acre, amounting to
$15,000.00 for the 30 acres. There being no further bids
made, Mr. McRae moved the bid of Mr. Bingham be
accepted; seconded by Mr. Amos and unanimously
adopted. At Mr. Bingham's request deed was ordered
issued to the Island Developers, Inc., of Palm Beach
County, and forwarded to the Farmers Bank & Trust
Company, of West Palm Beach, Florida, with Sight Draft
for $14,500.00, the $500.00 which accompanied Mr. Bing-
ham's bid to be applied on the purchase price.
Pursuant to Minutes of April 30th and May 2, 1923,
the Trustees advertised 85,760 acres of land in Palm Beach
County, Florida, lying in Township 45 South, Ranges 37,
38 and 39 East, and Township 47 South, Range 39 East,
and all of that Hiatus South of Township 45 South,
Ranges 37, 38, 39 and 40 East, for sale in the Palm Beach
Post, a newspaper published in the county in which said
lands lie, and affidavit of publication having been filed
with the Secretary of said Trustees, and this date having
been set for receiving bids, the same were opened. Brown
Company, of Portland, Maine, presented the following
bid:

Tallahassee, Florida, June 6th, 1923.

To the Trustees of the Internal Improvement
Fund of the State of Florida,
Tallahassee, Florida.

Gentlemen:

In accordance with your notice and advertisement last
dated June 2, 1923, for bids for the sale by you of cer-
tain public lands in Palm Beach County, in the Ever-
glades, and hereinafter more specifically described, Brown
Company, of Portland, Maine, does hereby, pursuant to
such advertisement and in conformity therewith, make
the following bid or proposition for the purchase of the
said lands, to-wit: The sum of twelve dollars ($12.00)
per acre, for thirty-three thousand two hundred anid eighty
acres of said lands, as follows:













All of Sections 1, 13, 17, 20, 21, 25, 28, 29, 30,
31, 32 and 33 of Township 45 South, Range 38
East;
All of Section 7, 17, 19, 21, 27, 29, 31, 33 and
35, in Township 45 South, Range 39 East;
All of Section 1 of Township 46 South, Range
37 East;
All of Sections 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13 of Town-
ship 46 South, Range 38 East;
All of Sections 3, 7, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27 and 35 in
Township 46 South, Range 39 East;
All of the Hiatus strip of land lying substant-
ially South of Township -45 South, Ranges 38
and 39 East, and-substantially North of Town-
ship 46 South, Ranges 38 and 39 East;
Comprising approximately thirty-three thous-
and two hundred and eighty (33280) acres;
Subject to the following terms and conditions
of payment:
Brown Company offers and agrees in the event
that this bid be accepted to pay to the Trustees
of the Internal Improvement Fund of the State
of Florida for the purchase of said thirty-three
thousand two hundred and eighty (33280) acres,
Lhe following sums:
$33,280 on June 6, 1923; $33,280 on June 6.
1924; $33,280 on June 6, 1925; $33,280 on June
6, 1926; $44,373.33 on June 6, 1927; $55,466.67
on June 6, 1928, with interest for one year at
6%; $66,560 on June 6, 1929, with interest for
two years at 6% per annum, and $99,840 on June
6, 1920, with interest for three years at 6% per
annum.
The purchaser to pay all State, County and
Drainage taxes after 1923.
Respectfully submitted,
BROWN COMPANY.
By John C. Sherman.

After discussion Mr. Amos moved that the bid be ac-
cepted and Agreement be entered into by the Trustees and
Brown Company; seconded by Mr. Buford and unanimous-
ly adopted; whereupon, the Attorney of the Trustees was
requested to draw up an agreement for sale of said lands
3-I. I.












and present the same to the Trustees for consideration at
an adjourned meeting to be held on the 7th instant. Trus-
tees recessed to meet on the 7th.
June 7, 1923.

The Trustees met pursuant to adjourned meeting. of
the 6th, and the following agreement was accepted and
executed by the Trustees and Brown Company:
AGREEMENT.

THIS AGREEMENT Made this 6th day of June, 1923,
by and between Cary A. Hardee, Governor; Ernest Amos,
Comptroller; J. C. Luning, State Treasurer; Rivers
Buford, Attorney General; and W. A. McRae, Commis-
sioner of Agriculture, composing the Trustees of the In-
ternal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida, and
hereinafter called the TRUSTEES, and Brown Company,
a corporation existing under the laws of the State of Maine,
and having its principal office located at Portland, in
said State of Maine.
WITNESSETH:
WHEREAS, The Trustees are vested by law with the
title and ownership in trust of public lands situated in
the Everglades of the State of Florida and for the pur-
pose of promoting the cultivation and improvement of
said land, desire to make sale of the certain Everglade
lands herinafter mentioned; and
WHEREAS, Brown Company desires to acquire for
agricultural purposes the lands hereinafter described
upon the terms and conditions contained herein; and
WHEREAS, The Trustees have duly advertised and
given notice by publication offering the said lands for
sale and requesting bids for the same, and have done all
acts and things in such case required to be done in com-
pliance with the provisions of the Revised General Statutes
of Florida and all Acts Amendatory and supplementary
thereof in such case made and provided; and
WHEREAS, Pursuant to such advertisement, notice
and offer, the written bid or proposition made and sub-
mitted by Brown Company to said Trustees with terms
and conditions as hereinafter set forth was the highest
and best bid received by the Trustees for the said lands










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and was thereupon accepted in accordance with law by
the Trustees.
NOW, THEREFORE, In pursuance of such offer and
acceptance and in consideration of the sum hereinafter
set forth to be paid by the Brown Company to the Trus-
tees and for other valuable considerations, mutual under-
standings and obligations herein, the Trustees and Brown
Company do hereby covenant and agree with each other
as follows:
FIRST: The Trustees hereby covenant and agree to
let and to grant, bargain, sell and convey unto Brown
Company, its successors and assigns, a good and sufficient
deed of warranty with the usual covenants conveying good
title in fee simple to all those certain Everglade lands
located in the following named Townships and Ranges,
situate in the County of Palm Beach, in the said State
of Florida, and more particularly described as follows:
All of Sections 1, 13, 17, 20, 21, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31,
32 and 33 in Township 45 South, Range 38 East.
All of Sections 7, 17, 19, 21, 27, 29, 31, 33 and
35 in Township 45 South, Range 39 East.
All of Section 1, in Township 46 South, Range
37 East.
All of Sections 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13, in Town-
ship 46 South, Range 38 East.
All of Sections 3, 7, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27 and 35,
in Township 46 South, Range 39 East.
All of the Hiatus strip of land lying substant-
ially South of Township 45 South, Ranges 38 and
39 East, and substantially North of Township 46
South, Ranges 38 and 39 East, comprising ap-
proximately an aggregate amount of thirty-three
thousand two hundred eighty (33,280) acres.
SECOND. Brown Company hereby covenants and
agrees to purchase the above described and enumerated
lands subject to and upon the terms and conditions here-
inafter specified and to pay therefore to the Trustees the
following sums:
The, sum of $33,280.00 on June 6th, 1923;
The sum of $33,280.00 on June 6th, 1924;
The sum of $33,280.00 on June 6th, 1925;
The sum of $33,280.00 on June 6th, 1926;
The sum of $44,373.33 on June 6th, 1927;
The sum of $55,466.67 on June 6th, 1928; with interest
for one year at the rate of six per cent;













The sum of $66,560.00 on June 6th, 1929; with interest
for two years at the rate of six per cent per annum;
The sum of $99,840.00 on June 6th, 1930, with interest
for three years at the rate of six per cent per annum,
said sums to be in full for the use and occupation anc
for the purchase and conveyance to it of all the lands
specified in accordance with this AGREEMENT, pro-
vided that from and after one year from the date hereof
upon forfeiture of the first payment to be made on June
6th, 1923, Brown Company shall have the right to sur-
render and terminate this AGREEMENT without any
further liability thereunder, except for the pro-rated
amount of the annual payment due under the terms of
this AGREEMENT for the year in which this AGREE-
MENT is so surrendered and terminated, together with
all taxes due on the date of such termination and the pro-
rata part of the taxes for such year, and shall thereupon
in lieu of its rights under this agreement be entitled to
and shall receive by proper conveyance an amount of said
lands hereinabove specified as shall be equal to its pay-
ments less the first payment and the amount paid for taxes
to the date of such surrender and termination, divided
by the price per acre bid by Brown Company and accepted
by the Trustees, provided further, however, that Brown
Company shall improve or shall have improved all lands
to which it is so entitled to the full pro-rata extent of
certain improvements to be made as hereinafter set forth
and provided in such case that at least one-quarter of
the total amount expended for improvement shall have
been for 'drainage purposes. If when the lands herein
agreed to be conveyed shall have been surveyed and the
survey shall show an acreage different from that herein
specified, the difference in acreage at the rate of
twelve dollars ($12.00) per acre shall be added to or
deducted from the amount of the last payment herein
specified and final settlement shall be made accordingly.
THIRD. As a part of the consideration of this AGREE-
MENT Brown Company hereby undertakes to construct
on lands, or selected portions thereof to be acquired by
it, such buildings of a substantial nature as may be nec-
essary or desirable for its purposes and lateral ditches
to, from or through the sections thereof and like improve-
ments of an aggregate cost of not less than One Hundred
Thirty-eight Thousand Six Hundred and Seventy Dollars












($138,670.00), within the period of seven (7). years from
the date hereof.
Brown Company also hereby convenants that the com-
pany will return all such lands for taxation in the man-
ner provided by law for the return of real estate and
agrees to assume and pay all State, County, Drainage
and special taxes assessed after the year 1923, when and
at the time other like taxes become due and payable, and,
for the period pending the conveyance to it of said lands,
to waive any objection to the legality of any assessment
for State, County, Drainage and special taxes on the said
33,280 acres, by reason of the fact that full legal title
has not passed to Brown Company. Brown Company
reserves to itself all other rights in respect to any tax
assessment or to any objection thereto to which a legal
owner of lands subject to assessment is entitled under
the law.
FOURTH. Brown Company shall have the right to
build, maintain, use and have access to piers in canals
and to excavate along the banks thereof for wharfage
and other purposes at such points along the lands to be
acquired as it may see fit, subject as to location and con-
struction to the approval of the Commissioners of the
Everglades Drainage District, and shall have the right
also to construct and maintain locks on said canals at
the upper and lower ends of said lands to be acquired
subject, however, to the approval as to location and con-
struction of and to control by the Board of Commission-
ers of the Everglades Drainage District.
FIFTH. Brown Company hereby undertakes and
agrees to develop its lands to be acquired for agricultural
purposes rather than for colonization and shall have in
actual cultivation in a marketable staple crop not less
than one thousand acres thereof within two years from
June 6th, 1923.
SIXTH. It is mutually understood and agreed that
the Brown Company shall have the right to enter upon
the said lands herein described and to be conveyed and
to possess and to have the full use and enjoyment of the
same during the period 6f this AGREEMENT, and the
Trustees hereby covenant and agree not to create any
charge, easement, lien or other encumbrances on any of
the said lands to be acquired during the period of this
AGREEMENT and to protect Brown Company against
loss from any claim or demands respecting said lands













or encumbrances thereon and to convey said lands to
Brown Company in the following manner, to-wit: Upon
the signing of this AGREEMENT the Trustees shall
execute a deed of conveyance of the lands'herein specified
to be purchased in the form herein provided, in favor
of Brown Company, and shall forthwith deposit said
deed in escrow, or in trust, with some trustees as deposi-
tory, mutually agreeable to the parties hereto under writ-
ten instructions from the Trustees, accompanied by a
copy of this agreement, to deliver the said deed to Brown
Company upon payment to the Trustees of the full
purchase price herein provided to be paid for said lands
and upon Brown Company having performed all other
obligations provided in this agreement.
Said lands shall be conveyed free of all encumbrances,
saving and reserving unto the said Trustees and the
Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District
the right at any time to enter upon the said lands and
make or cause to be made and constructed thereon such
canals, cuts, sluiceways, dykes, and other works as may
in their judgment be necessary and needful for the drain-
age or reclamation of any of said lands and to take from
the said lands and use such gravel, stone or earth, as
may in their judgment be necessary in making and con-
structing the same, and further saving and reserving unto
the said Trustees and the Board of Commissioners of
the Everglades Drainage District, the right to the posses-
sion, occupation and use of a strip of land across said
premises one hundred and thirty (130) feet on each side
of the center line of any canal, cut, sluiceway or dyke,
that may be made and constructed on said lands by the
Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District for the
purpose aforesaid and the right to take, use, sell and
dispose of any timber, earth, stone, rock or gravel lying
in or upon said strip of land taken and used for the pur-
pose aforesaid.
And further saving and reserving unto the said Trus-
tees of the Internal Improvement Fund of the State of
Florida, and their successors, and undivided three-fourths
interest in and title in and to an undivided three-fourths
interest in all phosphate minerals and metals that are or
may be in or under the said above described land with
the privilege and right to mine and develop the same.
And further saving and reserving unto the said Trus-
tees of the Internal Improvement Fund of the State of












Florida, and their successors, an undivided one-half inter-
est in and title in and to an undivided one-half interest
in all of the petroleum that is or may be in, on or under
the said above described land with the privilege and right
to mine and develop the same.
This section shall not be considered to apply to any
liens or charges created in respect to said lands by reason
of duly authorized bond issues for drainage purposes.
SEVENTH. Brown Company understands and has
based its bid upon the understanding that the Board of
Commissioners of the Everglades Drainage District have
in process and contemplation an improved system of
canals through this territory, the same more especially
being the canal or canals to be constructed from the pro-
ceeds of funds authorized by the State.Legislature at its
last session, including the improvement and clearing out
of the lower portion of the Hillsboro Canal, and Brown
Company relies upon the Trustees using their good offices
with the Board of Commissioners of the Everglades Drain-
age District to so expedite the completion of these im-
provements as to enable Brown Company to construct
its laterals and ditches when and as these shall be made
by it as an integral part thereof to the end that the
said improved system of canals and the Brown Company's
laterals shall together and in connection with the con-
trol and operation of the various locks at the canal heads
form an efficient and mutually co-ordinated system of
drainage and protection of these lands from the ovAr-
flow so far as possible.
EIGHTH, The Trustees shall undertake to use their
good offices to facilitate an exchange between the Brown
Company and private owners of sections to the end that.
Brown Company may acquire such privately owned lands
as may be desirable in order to consolidate and block
up its holdings and also to exchange with Brown Com-
pany such school and other sections held by the Trustees
as lie within the limits of its thus consolidated purchase.
NINTH. Inasmuch as several of the sections among
those offered for sale and designated to be sold to Brown
Company are at present involved and in controversy in
the litigation instituted and pending by the Executors
and Trustees of the Estate of Richard J. Bolles, deceased,
against the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund
of the State of Florida and also by reason of possible
prior conveyances of Everglades lands made in accord-













ance with a designated map of earlier date differing in
respect to location and extent of sections from the present
official surveys and plats, the Trustees hereby covenant
and agree to procure a full release and discharge of all
such sections from any and every cloud on the title there-
to and also to withhold from sale all other sections which
they now own in Townships 45 and 46 South, Ranges 37,
38 and 39 East, and Township 47 South, Range 39 East,
included in the lands so advertised for sale and not
purchased by Brown Company under this agreement, and
also sections 1 to 6, inclusive, in Township 47 South,
Range 37 East; Sections 1 to 6 inclusive, in Township 47
South, Range 38 East, and Sections 2, 4 and 6, in Town-
ship 47 South, Range 39 East, pending such release and
discharge or until the Sections so clouded are finally
cleared by decision of a court of competent jurisdiction
or until such earlier time as Brown Company shall have
selected and accepted from the Trustees a conveyance by
proper deed of warranty free and clear of all encum-
brances or other cloud, such other lands from those above
described as will make up the 33,280 acres of land.
TENTH. It is mutually understood and agreed that
Brown Company may assign and transfer this contract
to any person, firm or corporation and upon such trans-
fer and assignment the assignee shall be seized, vested,
have and possess all the rights which Brown Company
has under the terms of this contract and shall be bound
to perform each and every covenant and obligation here-
in stipulated to be performed on the part of Brown Com-
pany which shall thenceforth and thereafter be discharged,
of the performance of its duties and obligations under
this contract. In the event Brown Company shall make
default in the carrying out of any of the provisions of
this contract, then the Trustees shall after giving sixty
days' notice to Brown Company at its office at Portland,
Maine, declare this contract forfeited, and if Brown
Company shall not within such period make good the
default complained of the contract shall stand forfeited
and canceled.
ELEVENTH. It is further mutually understood and
agreed that this contract and all the covenants, under-
takings and stipulations herein contained shall be bind-
ing upon all and singular the Trustees and their suc-
cessors in office and likewise upon Brown Company, its
successors and assigns.













IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the said Trustees have here-
unto set their hands and caused the seal of the Commis-
sioner of Agriculture of the State of Florida to be here-
unto affixed, duly attested, and the said Brown Company
has executed this agreement and caused the same to be
signed and its corporate seal hereunto affixed by its
President thereunto duly authorized the day and year
first above written.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INTERNAL
IMPROVEMENT FUND, (Seal)
By
CARY A. HARDEE, (Seal)
Governor.
ERNEST AMOS, (Seal)
Comptroller.
J. C. LUNING, (Seal)
State Treasurer.
RIVERS BUFORD, (Seal)
Attorney General.
W. A. McRAE, (Seal)
Commissioner of Agriculture.
BROWN COMPANY, (Seal)
By
H. J. BROWN, (Seal)
Signed, sealed and delivered in
presence of us as to execution
by Trustees.
ALLIE YAWN.
BERTA H. BOILER.
Signed, sealed and delivered in
presence of us as to execution
by Brown Company,
W. E. PERKINS.
BENJ. B. SANDERSON.
STATE OF FLORIDA,
COUNTY OF LEON. ss
Before me, a Notary Public in and for said County and
State, this day personally appeared Cary A. Hardee,
Governor; Ernest Amos, Comptroller; J. C. Luning, State
Treasurer; Rivers Buford, Attorney General; and W. A.
McRae, Commisioner of Agriculture, of and composing
the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund of the
State of Florida, to me well known to be such officers,
respectively, and to be the persons described in and who












executed the foregoing agreement to the Brown Com-
pany, a corporation existing under the laws of Maine,
and they severally acknowledged before me that they
executed the same for and on behalf of the State of Flor-
ida, for all uses and purposes therein expressed.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my
hand and affixed my official seal at Tallahassee, in said
County and State, this 8th day of June, A. D. 1923.
ALLIE YAWN,
Notary Public, State of Florida.
My Commission expires April 17, 1925.

STATE OF MAINE, s
COUNTY OF CUMBERLAND.j
Before me, the undersigned, a Notary Public in and
for the State and County aforesaid, an officer duly
authorized to take acknowledgments of deeds and other
instruments, personally appeared Herbert J. Brown, Presi-
dent of Brown Company, a corporation, one of the parties
to the above written instrument, who being well known
to me and known to me to be the same individual who
as such President executed the above-written instrument
on behalf of said corporation; and he, the said President,
acknowledged that as such President he subscribed the
said corporate name and affixed the seal of said corpora-
tion; and that he, as such President, delivered such instru-
ment by authority and on behalf of said corporation;
that all such acts were done freely and voluntarily and
for the uses and purposes in said instrument set forth, and
that such instrument is the free act and deed of said
corporation; and he further acknowledged and declared
that he knows the seal of said corporation, and that the
seal affixed to said instrument is the corporate seal of
the corporation foresaid.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my
hand and official seal this 16th day of June, A. D. 1923,
at Portland, in the State and County aforesaid.
BENJ. B. SANDERSON,
Notary Public.
My Commission expires November 13, 1926.

Brown Company having made application to purchase
certain submerged tract or shallow bank in Section 34,
Township 42 South, Range 43 East. The land was ordered













advertised in the Palm Beach Post as required by law for
sale on Thursday, July 12, 1923, at 11 o'clock A. M.

The following bills were presented, approved and the
Treasurer requested to issue checks to cover:

Western Union Telegraph Co., Tallahassee, Fla.
Services for May, 1923.....................$ 2.79
Post Publishing Co., West Palm Beach, Fla.
Advertising lands for sale June 5, 1923..$15.00
Advertising lands for sale June 6, 1923.. 33.00

$ 48.00
W. V. Mayfiield, Clerk Circuit Court, Marianna,
Fla. Filing paper in case of Trustees vs. Pen-
nington & Evans, as per letter dated May 31,
1923 ...................................... 5.00

$ 55.79

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned.

CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, June 12, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:
Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

Mr. Tatum, of the Tatum Land Company, and Mr.
Mr. Simmons, of the firm of Shutts & Bowen, appeared
before the Trustees relative to having certain lands,
formerly sold to the Tatum Land Company, released













from mortgage; Mr. Simmons' company to assume the
obligations of the Tatum Land Company; whereupon,
the following Resolution was unanimously adopted:

RESOLUTION.

BE IT RESOLVED, That the following lands be
released from the Mortgage of the Tatum Land Company,
which lands are as follows, to-wit:


Sec. Tp. Rg.
All East of Miami Canal.. 1 49 36
All Sections 1 to 5 inclusive 49 37
All East of Miami Canal.. 6 49 37
All East of Miami Canal.. 7 49 37
All East of Miami Canal.. 8 49 37
All Sections 9 to 16, inclus. 49 37
All East of Miami Canal.. 17 49 37
All East of Miami Canal.. 20 49 37
All East of Miami Canal.. 21 49 37
All Sections 22 to 26 inclus. 49 37
All East of Miami Canal.. 27 49 37
All East of Miami Canal.. 28 49 37
All East of Miami Canal.. 34 49 37
All .................... 35 49 37
All .................... 7 49 38
All Sections 18, 19 and.. 20 49 38
All Sections 28 to 33, inclu. 49 38


Acres.
25.00
3,200.00
562.00
164.00
636.00
5,120.00
355.00
21.00
535.00
3,200.00
628.00
130.00
322.00
640.00
640.00
1,920.00
3,840.00


21,938.00

That the terms and consideration for said release be
the substitution of a new mortgage from the Cleary Realty
Company, represented by Mr. Simmons, of the office of
Shutts & Bowen, which company is purchasing these lands
from the Tatum Land Company by warranty deed; that
the amount of said new mortgage to the Trustees be
determined by the present released value of the lands
above described, as is set out in the original mortgage
from the Tatum Land Company to the Trustees, which
release clause requires that Eleven Dollars ($11.00) per
acre be paid for all acreage fronting upon the Miami
Canal in 40 acre tracts or less, and that Seven Dollars
($7.00) per acre be paid for release on remaining lands
not so fronting upon the said Miami Canal. That the












estimate of the foregoing acreage as furnished by the
Chief Drainage Engineer be accepted as follows: Front-
ing upon the Miami Canal 898 acres at $11.00 per acre,
which equals $9,878.00; that the balance of said acreage,
to-wit: 21,040 acres, at $7.00 per acre, equals $147,280.00
which two amounts make a total sum of $157,158.00; that
said total sum above mentioned be secured by a mortgage
to be approved by this Board, securing promissory notes,
duly and properly executed by the purchaser from the
Tatum Land Company, which notes shall be in the respec-
tive sums of $25,000.00; $25,000.00; $25,000.00; $25,-
000.00; $25,000.00; and $32,158.00; which notes shall be
payable, one each year on the respective dates as now
called for in the Supplementary Agreement to the original
Tatum Mortgage, determining the balances to be paid
annually by the Tatum Land Company; that such notes
shall bear interest at the rate of six per cent per annum,
payable semi-annually, and that the principal amount of
each note shall, from year to year, be properly credited
upon the annual payment to be made in that year by the
Tatum Land Company.
That Section 36, Township 49 South, Range 37 East,
heretofore released, be included in the new mortgage to
the Trustees; that the release clause in the new mortgage
shall be substantially the same as in the original Tatum
Mortgage, to-wit: The lands will be released upon the
payment of $11.00 per acre for Canal frontage in 40
acre tracts, or less, and for all other acreage, release
clause shall be $7.00 per acre.

The Trustees having on May 10, 1923, at the request
of Mr. M. D. Carmichael, advertised Section 6, Township
41 South, Range 38 East, Palm Beach County, for sale
on June 14th, and having ascertained that this land had
been previously sold by the Trustees, the sale was ordered
cancelled.

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned.

CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.













Tallahassee, Florida, June 15, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:

Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRea, Commissioner of Agriculture.

Mr. Ervin, Tax Clerk, presented an exhibit and report
of drainage tax certificates issued on lands in the Ever-
glades Drainage District, showing certificates upon which
title had vested in the Trustees, double and erroneous
certificates, etc. It was ordered that Mr. Ervin pay taxes
on certificates covering lands owned by the Trustees for
the years 1914 to 1920, without penalties and interest;
also certificates covering lands that were never sold by
the Trustees and still owned by the State; also certificates
on lands sold by the Trustees and reconveyed; also cer-
tificates on lands on which the Trustees hold mortgage,
and to cancel all certificates covering lands that do not
exist, and lands owned by the United States; outstanding
certificates on lands sold by Trustees; subsequent cer-
tificates where certificates heretofore had been issued and
held by the Trustees; to adjust all certificates where
acreage is irregular; certificates that do not correspond
with the Assessment Roll to be adjusted or cancelled.
It was also ordered that the Chief Drainage Engineer
be requested to have Field Enginer secure such plats as
are on file in the Clerk's office of the various counties
where lands are described by lots or tracts and filed in
said counties.
Mr. Ervin was instructed to write the Tax Collectors
that lands sold by the Trustees on which Trustees held
mortgage, drainage taxes would be paid by Trustees if not
paid by the purchaser. Special Counsel was requested to
ascertain the status of these lands and proceed to fore-
close if the said purchaser failed to pay said drainage
taxes, clearing lands under mortgage of all tax ties.












Upon motion the Trustees adjourned.

ERNEST AMOS, Comptroller,
Acting Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida,.June 19, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:

Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

Minutes of March 27th, 31st, April 13th, 19th, 24th,
28th, 30th, May 2, 8th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 18th, 22nd, 23rd,
24th, June 2nd, 5th, 12th and 15th, read and approved.

Mr. Paul Carter appeared before the Trustees and
stated that Pennington and Evans had removed approxi-
mately $7,000.00 worth of timber from the land in Lake
Ocheesee, upon which they had purchased timber rights
June 17, 1919, and said Pennington and Evans had paid
the Trustees $7,000.00, and as his clients were unable to
meet their obligations and were willing to deed back to
the Trustees said timber rights, covered by Entry No.
16772 of July 1, 1919, and pay the sum of $500.00 if the
Trustees would release them from their contract. Upon
motion, duly seconded and adopted, the Counsel of the
Trustees was instructed to make such settlement with
Pennington and Evans.

The following bill was approved and check ordered
issued:












A. B. Crow, Tax Collector, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Taxes on lands in Palm Beach County.......... $133.60

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned.

CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, June 28, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:

Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commisioner of Agriculture.

The Trustees met to consider the sale of a certain sub-
merged tract of land containing 10 acres, more or less,
lying in Biscayne Bay, Dade County, Florida, situated
in the NE1/4 of Section 9, Township 54 South, Range
42 East. The Secretary presented affidavit of the Miami
Herald, a newspaper published in the county in which
said lands lie, showing the same had been advertised as
required by law, and bids were ordered opened. Brown
Company, of Portland Maine, bid $500.00 per acre for
said lands, bid being accompanied by a certified check
for $1,000.00.
A number of objections having been filed with the Trus-
tees and Mr. W. H. Price, representing Miami and various
civic organizations of Miami; Messrs. Brown and Julian,
representing Shutts and Bowen; Mr. Sneidigar, Mayor
of Miami Beach, and Mr. Bradford, of the Texas Oil
Company, being present to object to the sale, after dis-
cussion, Mr. Buford moved that action on sale of said
land and hearing of objections be deferred until such
time as all members of the Trustees would be present;
seconded by Mr. McRae and upon vote adopted.
It was agreed that when date for further consideration
was made that parties interested would be advised.












Application from one Ernest E. Mitchell (colored) of
Fort Myers to erect a shed on a small sand bar off Punta
Rassa, Florida, (said sand bar having been made by
dredging) to be used for colored people on the Beach was
received and the Trustees agreed to allow the erection of
said shed for above purpose, the same to be removed at
any time when so ordered by the Trustees; said permission
to carry no rights, claims or easement upon said island
or sand bar.

The following bills were approved and ordered paid:

C. B. Gwynn, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as
Chief Clerk Land Department during June,
1923 .................................. .. $ 250.00
J. Stuart Lewis, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as
Secretary during June, 1923 ................ 66.66
J. B. Johnson, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as
Special Counsel during June, 1923.......... 125.00
Jentye Dedge, Tallahassee, Fla. To salary as
Stenographer during June, 1923............ 40.33
R. W. Ervin, Tallahahassee, Fla. To salary as
Tax Clerk during June, 1923................... 150.00
J. W. Williams, Tallahassee, Fla. To expenses
inspection State lands June 11th to 17th, 1923 64.77
Homestead Enterprise, Homestead, Fla. Sub-
scription to paper for one year-Tax Clerk... 2.00
American Eagle, Estero, Fla. To subscription
to paper one year-Tax Clerk................ 1.50
H. & W. B. Drew Company, Jacksonville, Fla.
To 200 folders-account Tax Clerk.......... 3.76
A. J. Lewis, Sheriff, Marianna, Fla. To serving
papers Re: Trustees vs. Pennington-Evans, et
al., Bills of June 6th and 8th, 1923.......... 3.50
B. A. Meginnis, Rep. American Surety Co., Talla-
hassee, Fla. Premium on Bond, Bill of June 7,
1923 ..................................... 10.00
Post Publishing Company, West Palm Beach, Fla.
To advertising land sale June 14, 1923-5
issues .................................... 10.00
Miami Herald Pub. Company, Miami, Fla. To
advertising lands for sale June 28, 1923-5
issues .................................... 10.50












W. O. Berryhill, Tax Collector, Ft. Lauderdale,
Fla. Taxes on lands of Trustees in Broward
County ................................... 321.50
R. B. McLendon, Tax Collector, Miami, Fla.
Taxes on lands in Sou. Dr. District..$ 175.00
Taxes on lands in Dade County...... 5,565.03 5,740.03
Edwin Barnes, Tallahassee, Fla. To Clerical As-
sistant to Tax Clerk-17 days during June,
1923 ..................................... 51.00
R. W. Ervin, Jr., Tallahassee, Fla. To Clerical
work assisting Tax Clerk-15 days during June,
1923 ..................................... 45.00

$6,895.55
Upon motion the Trustees adjourned.

ERNEST AMOS, Comptroller,
Acting Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, July 2, 1923.
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
Rivers Bufbrd, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

The Trustees met to consider the sale of certain sub-
merged tract of land lying in Lake Worth, Palm Beach
County, Florida, being in Section 27, Township 42 South,
Range 43 East, containing 35 acres, more or less. The
same having been advertised in the Palm Beach Post, a
newspaper published in the county in which said lands
lie, as required by law, and affidavit of such publication
filed with the Trustees, bids were ordered opened. Mr.
M. D. Carmichael bid $2,500.00 for the tract and certified
check for $1,000.00 accompanied same.
Written protest was filed by Jerome E. Wideman in
behalf of A. F. Huston, his client, owner of lands im-












mediately East of said submerged tract. Further con-
sideration of the sale was postponed until such time as
a full Board could be present.

Mr. F. C. B. LeGro and associates having made applica-
tion on May 22nd to purchase a strip of land 100 feet
wide across Biscayne Bay, and the Trustees having agreed
to advertise said strip upon receipt of a plat and descrip-
tion of said land, and said description having been
received by the Trustees, the following advertisement was
ordered published in the Miami Herald, a newspaper in
the county in which said lands lie, as required by law:
NOTICE

Tallahassee, Florida, July 2, 1923.

NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees of the
Internal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida, will
hold a meeting at 11 o'clock A. M., Tuesday, August 7,
1923, for the purpose of considering the sale of a sub-
merged tract of land described as follows:

Commencing at the intersection of the North
and South lines of Lot 70 of Nelson Villa Sub-
division in the City of Miami with the Miami
harbor line on the West side of Biscayne Bay,
a strip 100 feet wide across Biscayne Bay to the
West seawall of Belle Isle, centering on the center
line of Collins Bridge at its junction with Belle
Isle, in Dade County, Florida.
This notice is published in compliance with Section
1062 of the Revised General Statutes of Florida.
Bids for above land will be received at Tallahassee
until 11 o'clock A. M., Tuesday, August 7, 1923.
Certified check for $1,000.00 must accompany all bids.
The right to reject any and all bids is reserved.
By order of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement
Fund of the State of Florida.
CARY A. HARDEE, Governor.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS, Secretary.












SThe Trustees having on May 18th, ordered the adver-
tisement of various tracts of lands, title which had vested
in the Trustees for non-payment of Drainage Taxes, upon
request of former owners in the Counties of Broward,
Dade, Glades, Lee, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and Saint
Lucie, and the same having been advertised as required
by law, and this date set for sale, the bids were con-
sidered, but as the Legislature of 1923 had passed a Bill,
i. e., Chapter 9131, approved June 11, 1923, allowing
owners of land in the Everglades Drainage District, whose
lands had been sold for said Drainage Taxes any time
prior to the year 1920, to redeem same upon payment of
taxes, with 6 per cent interest on said certificate, and
all omitted taxes therefrom, it was ordered that deeds be
issued to all applicants to purchase who are owners, in
accordance with Chapter 9131, Laws of Florida, Acts
of 1923.
Financial Statement for the month of June, 1923, was
presented and ordered placed of record:

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR JUNE, 1923.
Balance on hand June 1, 1923.... $162,295.15
Refund by State Land Committee,
Ft. Lauderdale, acct. Everglades
Drainage Dist. Taxes paid by
Trustees (Broward County) .... 3,861.98
Refund by W. O. Berryhill, Tax
Collector, acct. Broward Dist.
Taxes ....................... 7.50
From land sales ($57,802.12) less
25% to State School Fund
($14,450.52) ................. 43,351.60

$209,516.23
Less disbursements ............. 6,870.71

Balance July 1, 1923............ $202,645.52

RECAPITULATION.
Cash and cash items ............$ 1!000.00
Balance in banks................ 201,645.52


$202,645.52













BALANCE IN BANKS JULY 1, 1923.

Atlantic National, Jacksonville,
Fla. ....................... $ 69,226.04
Barnett National, Jacksonville, Fla. 62,073.76
Florida National, Jacksonville, Fla. 44,050.03
First National, Miami, Fla....... 1,495.77
First National, West Palm Beach,
Fla. ........................ 19,841.81
Capital City, Tallahassee, Fla..... 2,683.77
Exchange, Tallahassee, Fla....... 813.19
Lewis State, Tallahassee, Fla..... 1,461.15
$201,645.52

DISBURSEMENTS.

Date Check
1923 No. In Favor of Amount.
June 2-4938-C. B. Gwynn...$ 250.00
June 2-4939-J. Stuart Lewis.. 66.66"
June 2-4940-R. W. Ervin..... 150.00
June 2-4941-Jentye Dedge .... 40.33
June 2-4942-W. H. Chancey... 24.00
June 2-4943-Glenn Terrell .... 87.80
June 8-4944-Western Union... 3.79
June 8-4945-P ost Publishing
SCo., W. Palm Beach 48.00
June 8-4946-W. V. Mayfield,
C. C. C........... 5.00
June 19-4947-A. B. Crow, Tax
Collector ........ 133.60
June 25-4948-W. 0. Berryhill,
Tax Collector .... 321.50
June 27-4949-R. B. McLendon,
Tax Collector .... 5,565.03
June 27-4950-R. B. McLendon,
Tax Collector .... 175.00

$ 6,870.71

Representatives of Mr. G. W. Bingham appeared be-
fore the Trustees and stated that the Island Developers,
Inc., who purchased a certain submerged tract of land
in Lake Worth on June 6th, 1923, as per Minutes of












the Trustees, was very desirous of having the terms
changed in the deed as follows, to-wit:
Deed to be delivered for said land upon payment of
$3,000.00 and Mortgage to be made for the balance of
$12,000.00 to be paid-$6,000.00 in one year and $6,000.00
in two years after date of deed, with 7 per cent interest
on deferred payments.
The Trustees agreed to make such change and the
Honorable Commissioner of Agriculture was requested to
issue deed in accordance therewith.

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned.

ERNEST AMOS, Comptroller,
Acting Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, July 7, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:

Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.
In accordance with orders of the Trustees, Hon. J. B.
Johnson, Counsel, sent to the Commissioner of Agricul-
ture affidavit of F. E. Bryant, President of the Florida
Sugar & Food Products Company, stating that said com-
pany has constructed the Sugar Mill as agreed upon under
agreement of August 20, 1921, and May 28, 1923, and
also sent a deed from said company, conveying all of
Sections 23, 27 and 35 of Township 45 South, Range 38
East; also sent a Quit-claim Deed of the Hillsboro Canal
Company to the Trustees of the Internal Improvement
Fund for the same lands, with three notes for $6,844.63
each dated May 29, 1923, and payable July 1, 1924, July
1, 1925, and July 1, 1926, respectively, bearing six per












cent interest per annum, and Mortgage of same date
securing said notes, covering All Section 3 lying South
and West of West Palm Beach Canal, except Lot 6, all
Section 11 lying South and West of West Palm Beach
Canal in Township 42 South, Range 37 East; All Section
3 except that part lying South and West of Hillsboro
Canal in Township 44 South, Range 37 East; Also NW1/
of Section 23, Township 42 South, Range 37 East, stating
that he had delivered Deod-No. 17,040 from said Trustees
to said company for lands covered by said Mortgage in
accordance with said order of the Trustees. Said affidavit
above was ordered made a part of the Minutes, as follows:

FLORIDA SUGAR & FOOD PRODUCTS COMPANY.

AFFIDAVIT OF F. E. BRYANT, PRESIDENT,
REGARDING CONSTRUCTION AND COM-
PLETION OF SUGAR MILL.

STATE OF FLORIDA,
COUNTY OF DUVAL.
Personally appeared before me, F. E. BRYANT, who,
being duly sworn, deposes and says: That, he is the
President of FLORIDA SUGAR & FOOD PRODUCTS
COMPANY, a corporation under the laws of the State of
Massachusetts, being the same Company of that name
mentioned in the contract between the Trustees of the
Internal Improvement Fund of Florida and said Florida
Sugar & Food Products Company, dated August 20th,
1921; that said Florida Sugar & Food Products Company,
hereinafter called the Company, did on or before April
20, 1923, and within and less than twenty months from
the date of said contract, erect, complete and have in
actual operation a sugar mill with a minimum capacity
of four hundred tons of cane per day of twenty-four
hours, upon the lands described in paragraph 2 (c) of
said contract dated August 20th, 1921, and that said
sugar mill cost more than Two Hundred Thousand Dol-
lars ($200,000.00), including the cost of materials,
machinery, etc., and the construction and erection of the
same and equipment thereof and therefore.
Further deposing, affiant says that said Company has
in all matters and respects fully performed and com-
plied with the requirements of said contract of August












20th, 1921, within the time or times therein required
regarding the construction, operation, character, capacity
and cost of the sugar mill contemplated by said contract,
and that the said Company did within said period of
twenty months from the date of said contract notify
said Trustees of the foregoing, and that said Company
was ready, able and willing to perform said contract
on its part.
F. E. BRYANT.
Sworn to and subscribed before me
this 29th day of May, 1923.
(SEAL) BERTHA Y. FARNHAM,
Notary Public, State of Florida at Large.
My Commission expires February 8, 1925.

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned.

CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.

Tallahassee, Florida, July 9, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:

Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

Pursuant to request of the Trustees, the Chief Drainage
Engineer submitted a report relative to the status of
certain lands around the shore of Lake Okeechobee,
especially as affected by Deed No. 15898 known as the
"Henderson Deed," and the following Resolution was
adopted :













.RESOLUTION.

WHEREAS, The State of Florida received title from
the Federal Government by Patent No. 137 to the Ever-
glades, the boundary in said patent describing certain
lands as "around the shores of Lake Okcechobee," and
the Trustees having sold and deeded certain of these lands
among which are those covered by Deed No. 15898, known
as the "Henderson Deed," and
WHEREAS, The lands forming the bottom of Lake
Okeechobee belong to the State in its sovereign capacity,
and said sovereign lands and said patented lands are
adjoining and are bounded by each other, and it being
necessary to ascertain and to determine by a dividing
line the extent and the physical status of said lands,
and
WHEREAS, The Chief Drainage Engineer, in accord-
ance with instructions from the Trustees of the Internal
Improvement Fund has submitted a report with refer-
ence to the foregoing, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED, That the said report of the Chief
Drainage Engineer be accepted, approved and adopted,
and the same, together with the plats, maps and draw-
ings, be and the same is hereby made a part of'the Minutes
and the permanent official record of the Trustees of the
Internal Improvement Fund.

Tallahassee, Florida, July 6, 1923.
Trustees of the Internal
Improvement Fund of the
State of Florida,
Tallahassee, Florida.
Gentlemen:
In accordance with request of Hon. Rivers Buford,
Attorney General, that I submit a report relative to cer-
tain lands embraced in Deed No. 15898 known as the
"Henderson Deed," I beg to advise as follows:
The lands conveyed under Deed No. 15898, December
28th, 1904, by the Trustees of the Internal Improvement
Fund of the State of Florida to the Heirs of John A.
Henderson, are located in the following Townships:
Township 40 South, Range 32 East.
Township 41 South, Range 32 East.












Township 42 South, Range 30 East.
Township 42 South, Range 31 East.'
Township 42 South, Range, 32 East.
Township 42 South, Range 33 East.
Township 42 South, Range 34 East.
Township 43 South, Range 31 East.
Township 43 South, Range 32 East.
Township 43 South, Range 33 East.
Township 43 South, Range 34 East.
Township 44 South, Range 33 East.
Township 44 South, Range 34 East.
The location of these lands is shown on the attached
map marked "A."
Special reference is had to the lands of Township 42
South, Range 32 East, but that which is hereinafter
stated is also applicable in the principle involved to ihe
other lands above described which border upon Lake
Okeechobee.
These lands are among those which came to the State
by Act of Congress of September 28th, 1850 (9 U. S.
Statutes L. 519-520) known as the "Swamp and Over-
flow Land Grant Act." By virtue of said Act the State of
Florida received patent No. 137 dated April 29, 1903, to the
lands comprising the Everglades. The boundaries of the
Everglades patent in that relevant portion are as follows:
From the intersection of the North line of
Township 41 South, Range 37 East, and the
waters of Lake Okeechobee, "thence Southerly
and Westerly around the shores of Lake Okeechobee
and Northerly along said Lake to a point in
Township 41 South, Range 32 East, where the
North line of said Township strikes the Lake."
The language of the patent "around the shores of Lake
Okeechobee" makes the shore of this lake the Lakeside
boundary of such of these lands as border upon the said
Lake.
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund by
deed No. 15898, dated December 28th, 1904, conveyed
to the Henderson Heirs certain lands'bordering upon the
Southwest shore of Lake Okeechobee described in the
following language:
"The lands thus to be taken are embraced be-
tween the lines of existing surveys and the mar-
gins of the Okeechobee and its tributaries."












The term "margin of the lake" in land descriptions
is one of unequivocal import, meaning to the edge only
of the lake and not including the bottom of the same. This
language indicates that it was the intention of the Trus-
tees, and that the Trustees did, in fact, by this descrip-
tion, convey all the lands between the lines of existing
surveys and the margin of the Okeechobee, but no more.
This includes within the scope of the description all of
certain lands to which the State had received title under
patent 137 from the Federal Government, but did not
include the bottom of the lake which vested in the State
by right of its sovereignty.
No official surveys by the State or by the United States
had been made of the lands described in patent No. 137
known as the Everglades, and no official survey had been
made of the lands conveyed by the Trustees to the Hen-
derson Heirs. A preliminary or exploratory survey had
been made, known as the "Keller Survey," and based
upon the same, a schedule of acreages was designated
for 'the sections conveyed, as nearly as the same was
practicable, in.order that the area and location of the
lands conveyed should be in conformity with the agree-
ment between the Trustees of the Internal. Improvement
Fund and John A. Henderson. A blue print of a section
of Keller Survey showing particularly Township 42 South,
Range 32 East, is hereto attached, marked "B."
These lands have now come down by conveyance to other
parties for whom Clarence M. Busch is Trustee, repre-
senting himself and associates. The above and associates
are commonly referred to as the "SOUTH FLORIDA
FARMS COMPANY." Mr. Bush, as Trustee, claims
title to certain lands in sections 11 and 12 of Township
42 South, Range 32 East, which are a part of the bottom
of Lake Okeechobee, as against claim of title by the State.
These lands are on the lake side of a certain meander
line hereinafter referred to and as shown on a plat
attached hereto marked "D." The lands claimed are
shown by Plat "B-B.' In 1915 the said South Florida
Farms Company made, or caused to be made, on its own
account and according to its own methods, a survey of
certain of the lands received by them from the Hen-
derson Heirs. Attached hereto is a blue print marked
"C" entitled "Plat of Township 42 South, Range 32
East, showing survey made by Thomas E. Frederick in












1915 for the South Florida Farms Company." This plat
is a blueprint from the original tracing prepared by the
said Thomas E. Frederick of the lands surveyed for the
South Florida Farms Company. Among other things
the plat shows across the Northeast portion of the Town-
ship an irregular line purporting to represent the shore
line of Lake Okeechobee. With reference to the shore
of Lake Okeechobee, the physical conditions on the ground
are such that the water mark of the lake is easily dis-
cernable and can be followed in the laying down of a
line to conform thereto. This line of the shore is evidenced
by a growth of trees and weeds on the high side, and
below this line on the lake side, vegetation has been pre-
vented by the existence of water, or gives place to aquatic,
growth. Further evidence of the water line is the pro-
nounced slope of the shore at many places along the lake.
The irregular line above referred to is in general con-
formity with the physical evidences on the ground of the
shore of Lake Okeechobee.
In 1918 the Trustees of the Internal Improvement
Fund caused to be made a survey for the purpose of
defining a water line on the shore of Lake Okeechobee
and for establishing the lakeside boundary as nearly as
practicable of ,adjoining lands. ,The line run by the
Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund does not
follow the high limit which the lake reaches under unusual
conditions, nor does it follow the lowest line which it is
conceivable the lake has or may attain at infrequent
intervals. The line as run follows as nearly as practic-
able the lower mark upon the shore where the zone of
separation between land and water is clearly defined.
It marks the lower line of the water under ordinary
conditions when the lake was not disturbed by unusual
or abnormal conditions, and as unaffected by the drain-
age operations. That is to say, this line is the lower
line of ordinary fluctuation, below and bordering which
the bottom of the lake begins. The Trustees believe that
they took title to the land above this line from the Federal
Government by Patent No. 137, and in turn, intended to
convey by Deed No. 15898 lands co-extensive as to their
lakeside boundary with those of Patent No. 137 afore-
said.
There is attached hereto blueprint marked "D" already
referred to entitled "Plat of Township 42 Sduth, Range
32 East, showing survey made by Thomas E. Frederick












in 1915 for the South Florida Farms Company." This
blueprint is identical with one of the same title hereto-
fore referred to marked "C," but on print "D" is shown
by dotted line "Meander line by Trustees of the Internal
Improvement Fund in 1918." Attention is invited to
the line as run by the Trustees of the Internal Improve-
ment Fund and to the line as run by Thomas E. Fred-
erick for the South Florida Farms Company. Inspection
discloses that for all practical purposes these lines are
in confromity, and that such conformity of the said
lines run by different surveyors at different times, each
without knowledge of the other line, but using the same
physical evidence on the ground, tends to verify the
correctness of the definition of the ordinary water mark
of Lake Okeechobee, and establishes the lakeside boun-
daries of adjoining lands:
First-As conveyed to the State of Florida by
the United States under patent No. 137.
Second-As conveyed to Heirs of John A. Hen-
derson by the Trustees of the Internal Improve-
ment Fund under Deed No. 15898.
Third-As conveyed by Heirs of the said John
A Henderson by chain of title to Busch and asso-
ciates.
Thus the extent of the lands in so far as the Lakeside
boundary of the same is concerned, seems to be clear.
The lands below the shore of Lake Okeechobee were not
of the character of swamp and overflow lands such as
inured to the State from the Federal Government under
the Act of 1850. The lands below the shore of the said
lake belong to the State in its sovereign capacity, and
at the time of the passing of Deed No. 15898 above re-
ferred to, the status of said lands was not such as to
subject them to alienation from the State. Nor have
these lands below the shore of the said lake which Busch
and associates claim, been conveyed, deeded, or other-
wise disposed of by the State subsequent to said deed,
even though the Trustees now have authority from the
Legislature so to do.
With reference to these lands, which in their natural
condition formed a part of the bed of the lake, there has
been temporarily, and eventually there will be perma-
nently, a strip exposed around Lake Okeechobee by reason
of the lowering of the water level of the said lake. This
comes about, not through natural causes, but is the direct












result of artificial acts in the drainage of the Everglades,
which said drainage, in part, contemplates a permanent
lowering of the level of Lake Okeechobee by means of
canals leading to the sea. The land thus exposed through
artificially lowering the said lake, does not come into
existence slowly, imperceptibly, or as in the ordinary
course of natural events, but in a more pronounced man-
ner, relatively sudden, and within a short course of time.
Further with reference to the lands in Township 42 South,
Range 32 East, the description of said lands and the
deed or conveyance to the Heirs of John A. Henderson
calls for a total area of 14,833.8 acres. The area of the
said Township, according to the survey by the South
Florida Farms Company, shows an area of 15,107 acres,
or an excess of 273.2 acres over and above the number of
acres described in the deed of conveyance. Section 16,
which is a school section, is not included in the deed or
in the acreage estimated. Subsequently the South Florida
Farms Company purchased from the Trustees of the
Internal Improvement Fund Section 27, containing 102
acres not described in deed No. 15898. Thus there is
contained in the said Township 171.2 acres more than
called for in the combined acreage of both deeds. It
appears therefore, from the survey, that they have received
all of the land which was intended to be conveyed, that
there is no shortage of acreage and no deficiency in the
amount of land over which they have undisputed posses-
sion.
Further with reference to the survey of Township 42
South, Range 32 East, as shown by the three blueprints
already referred to, attention is invited to the blueprint
on which is shown in dotted lines a subdivision of the said
township dividing the same into sections of a normal size
as far as the same is practicable, according to the usual
and accepted practice followed in making land surveys.
It will be observed that the survey of the South Florida
Farms Company was made so as to throw a large surplus
acreage on the Western tier of sections of this Township.
That is to say Section 6 of the said township has its
Northern boundary 87.69 chains long according to their
survey, instead of 80 chains, and contains an area of
696.86 acres instead of 640 acres, which is the area of the
normal section. It will be further observed that a normal
subdivision of the Township, beginning at the line con-
necting corners of existing surveys on the West side, being












the Range line between Ranges 31 and 32 and marking
off Sections one mile square toward the Eastward, accord-
ing to the usual and normal methods, would have placed
a considerably larger area of land in Sections 2, 3, 11
and 12 of said Township, all of which said sections border
upon the shores of Lake Okeechobee. Had such normal
and usual method of subdivision been made, the areas
of the said Sections 2, 3, 11 and 12 would have been
substantially in conformity with those described by the
deed from the Trustees to the Henderson Heirs. In other
words, the South Florida Farms Company by its own
method of making this survey, caused a deficiency of land
to be thrown into sections 2, 3, 11 and 12, and a corres-
ponding excess of lands to be thrown in Sections 6 and
7 and others on the West side of said Township.
Summing up the foregoing as to the lands variously
conveyed, it appears as follows:
1. The lands in question are among those which
came to the State from the Federal Government.
The conveyance from the Federal Government
described the boundary of these lands as "the
shores of Lake Okeechobee."
2. The lands in question are among those con-
veyed by the State to the Henderson Heirs and
thence by chain of title to Bush and associates.
The conveyance from the State described the
boundaries of these lands as "the margins of the
Okeechobee."
3. The lands in question as conveyed by said
patent to the State and as defined by the boun-
daries set forth in the said patent, did not extend
below the shores of Lake Okeechobee, nor did the
deed from the State convey more, but as to their
lakeside boundary, said lands passed from the
State even as they came.
4. Bush and associates lay claim to certain
lands in Sections 11 and 12 below the shore of
Lake Okeechobee which are a part of the bottom
of said Lake, but the State has neither conveyed,
deeded, granted nor released these lands below
the shore of Lake Okeechobee and forming a part
of the bottom thereof either to the Henderson
Heirs or to Bush and associates.
Hence neither by deed, nor by description, nor by
acreage have Bush and associates any sort of title to the












land which they claim below the shore of Lake Okeechobee
and forming a part of the bottom thereof.
Very truly yours,
(Signed) F. C. ELLIOT,
Chief Drainage Engineer."

Upon motion the Trustees adjourned.

CARY A. HARDEE, Governor,
Chairman.
Attest:
J. STUART LEWIS,
Secretary.



Tallahassee, Florida, July 10, 1923.

The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund met
on this date in the office of the Governor in the Capitol.

Present:

Cary A. Hardee, Governor.
Ernest Amos, Comptroller.
J. C. Luning, Treasurer.
Rivers Buford, Attorney General.
W. A. McRae, Commissioner of Agriculture.

The Trustees met to consider the sale of certain land
ordered advertised June 2, 1923, in Townships 37 and
38 South, Range 30 East, in Highlands County; the same
having been advertised as required by law in the "White-
way," a newspaper published in the county in which said
lands lie.
Mr. N. P. Yantis presented the bid of Mr. W. T. Porter,
of Jacksonville, Florida, in which he offered $15.00 per
acre for the following:
NE1/; E1/2 of SE1/1 and NW/4 of SE1/, Sec-
tion 35, Township 37 South, Range 30 East;
and SE1/4; S1/2 of NE1/ and NE1/4 of NE1/4,
Section 2; E1/2 of Section 11, Township 38 South,
Range 30 East; containing 880 acres, more or
less.













Terms: One-fourth payable September 10, 1923, when
deed is issued; One-fourth September 10, 1924; One-
fourth September 10, 1925, and One-fourth September 10,
1926, with Eight per cent interest on deferred payments.
Certified check for $500.00, which accompanied bid to
be applied on first payment and if first payment is not
made September 10, 1923, the same to be forfeited for
non-performance of agreement. Bid of Mr. Porter for
Porter-Judy Fruit Company on above terms was accepted
and deed ordered issued.

The State Treasurer presented a communication from
H. O. Sebring, President of South Shore Farms Com-
pany, requesting that the Trustees allow him the use of
the NE/4 of Section 7, Township 44 South, Range 36
East, until June 1, 1924, with option to purchase said
land during said time at $100.00 per acre.
The Trustees decided, in view of the fact that said
party had cut a considerable drainage ditch along the
North side of said land, free of expense to the Trustees,
to allow him to use said land free of charge, until June
1, 1924, and should application be made to purchase said
land by other parties during this' time, to notify' Mr.
Sebring and he be given prior right of purchase at price
placed upon said land by Trustees.

The following bills were approved and ordered paid:

Glenn Terrell, Counsel, Tallahassee, Fla. To
expense account trip to Washington June 2nd
to 11th, 1923 ............................. $ 177.10
Ft. Lauderdale Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. To
advertising land sale July 2, 1923 (Tax Lands) 13.50
Post Publishing Co., West Palm Beach, Fla. To
advertising land sale July 2, 1923 (Tax
Lands) .............................$30.00
Advertising land sale July 2, 1923 (Sub-
merged Lands) ...................... 12.00
42.00
Miami Herald Pub. Co., Miami, Fla. To adver-
tising lands for sale July 2, 1923 (Tax Lands). 6.75
Tropicial News Co., Fort Myers, Fla. To adver-
tising land for sale July 2, 1923 (Tax Land).. 6.00
Okeechobee News, Okeechobee, Fla. To advertis-
ing land sale July 2, 1923 (Tax Lands)...... 9.00
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