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Twelfth Biennial Report


of the


Department of Agriculture

of the

State of Florida


LAND DIVISION


FOR THE YEARS
1911 AND 1912


W. A. McRAE
Commissioner of Agriculture
Tallahassee, Florida .... ..







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T. J. APPLEYARD, State Printer, Tallahasee, Fla.


























































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MAP OF STATE OF FLORIDA























LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.


DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, STATE OF FLORIDA,
COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE.

To His Excellency,
Park Trammnell,
Governor of the State of Florida:

SIR:-

A: provided by law, I here submit the Biennial Report
of thle Department of Agriculture, Land Division, for the
years 1911 and 1912.

Respectfully submitted,

W. A. McRAE,
Commissioner of Agriculture.















































































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PREFACE.


Before the adoption of the Constitution of 1885, the
Department of Agriculture was known as the "Depart-
ment of Lands and Immigration." The Legislature of
1889 established the Department of Agriculture, and in
that Act, May 17th, the name of this department of the
State Government was changed from the "Department of
Lands and Immigration," to the Department of Agricul-
ture. This is the twelfth Biennial Report of the Depart-
ment of Agriculture and the first to be made by the pres-
ent incumbent.
There are many people in the State yet who do not
recognize the importance of this Department in other
matters pertaining to their interests. The name of the
Department from the beginning has been more or less of
a misnomer.
To submit a report that will give the best results, we
find it necessary to present each branch or division of
the Department separately, treating each subject or divi-
sion separate and distinct from the other. This is the
first time in the history of the Department of Agriculture
when each division will not only be treated separately,
but the report of each division will be printed under
separate cover.
In order that the public may be advised of the magni-
tude and importance of the Department of Agriculture,
we give below an outline of the duties of the Commis-
sioner of Agriculture without giving a treatise on each
subject.

NOTE-This report covers a part of the administration
of two Commissioners of Agriculture, Commissioner B. E.
McLin, having died in office January 31st, 1912.












1-The Division of Agriculture.
2-The Division of Immigration.

3-The Prison Division.

4-The Pure Food and Drugs. Stock Feed and Fertilizer
Division.

5-The Land Division.

6-The Field Note Division.

In addition to the above the Commissioner of Agricul-
ture is a member of the following Boards.

1-The Board of Commissioners of State Institutions.
2-The Board of Pardons.

3--The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund.

4-The Board of Drainage Commissioners,















LAND DIVISION.



As stated in the preface, the head of this Department
was formerly entitled "Commissioner of Lands and Immi-
gration." This Department was recognized as a land
Department only. Under the present constitution and
laws of this State the Land Department is now only one
of the many varied divisions of the Department of Agri-
culture. Yet the Land Department remains one of the
most important branches of this office.
While the acreage now owned by the State has really
decreased, the inquiries about lands which the State has
disposed of, as well as about the lands now owned by the
State, increase every year in proportion to the continued
increase in population and the increased value of the
lands. Consequently more clerical work has been re-
quired in the Land Department than in any other branch
of this office. The records of this Departmiin I are of the
very greatest value to the people of thiis State, as the
original titles to all 1he lands disposed of by the State
must be kept in this Departlu-nt: ;ui !;';l s i i i lt ls imf;r-
ant that a perfect record be kept for the use of the pres-
ent as well as for future generations.
Since 1877 complete records of all deeds and transac-
tions have been kept, and the records are in good condi-
tion; but prior to 1877 it was not the custom to keep any
record or copies of deeds, and these records are very
imperfect. Some of them disappeared during recofistruc-
tion days. This bein. the case it is necessary to make a
most careful search of the old files, abstract and tract
books, in order to perfect the records.
Transactions regarding the conveyances to the old Rail-
road and Canal Companies and illegal conveyances made












just after the Civil war, during Carpet Bag Rule, are un-
written. Also, so many persons failing to record their
deeds in former years, cause now a great demand on this
office for information about these old titles and transac-
tions. Many of the inquiries require much time and very
careful search, on account of the condition of the old and
imperfect records.
The abstract which is now being prepared, will correct
all errors and will show the various Acts of Congress,
granting the different classes of lands to the State, the
date of all patents and approved lists to the State and all
conveyances out of the State.
The State owes a great deal to the late Commissioners
L. B. Wombwell and B. E. McLin, for inaugurating and'
continuing the work of abstracting all the State lands. It
was a move in the right direction. The work is being
done by clerks whose long service in the Land Department
has made them familiar with the old and imperfect
records. Without the experience of many years in this
Department it would be most difficult for one not familiar
with the records, to get together all the information to
make a complete abstract, which abstract is absolutely
necessary to preserve the titles to all the lands in the
State.
In making the examinations of the records for data for
the abstract, several tracts of valuable land which were
shown on the maps to have been conveyed years ago, have
been found still to belong to the State. The proceeds
from the sale of these lost lands would in all probability
pay the salary of the clerk making the abstract.
The minutes of the Trustees of the Internal Improve-
ment Fund relating to the State lands are of general
public interest as they show all their transactions and
agreements. Copies of these minutes can be had by writ-
ino the Secretary of the Trustees for same.
During the past year the Trustees of the Internal Im-
provement Fund, have by satisfactory compromise settled












nearly all the remaining claims of the Railroads to grants
made by the Legislature of large bodies of lands. Two
or three minor claims still exist, but it will be only a
short time, it is hoped, before all claims will be finally
disposed of. By the settling of these claims against the
State for land, the State will be saved the trouble and
expense of much litigation and there will be saved for
the people the remaining land, amounting to over one
million acres.
The lands approved and patented by the United States
to the State of Florida are known as Swamp and Over-
flowed Lands, and Swamp Indemnity Land. Lands
granted to the State of Florida by special Acts of Con-
gress, but not conveyed by patent, are known as Internal
Improvement Lands, School Land, School Indemnity
Land, Seminary Land and Lands granted to the State
specifically for Railroads.
The Swamp and Overflowed Lands granted to the State
under Act of Congress approved September 28, 1850, and
the Internal Improvement Lands Granted to the State
under Act of Congress approved March 3, 1845, are irre-
vocably vested in five Trustees, to-wit:
The Governor, who is chairman of the Board, the State
Treasurer, the Attorney-General, the Comptroller and the
Commissioner of Agriculture, and their successors in
office, under Section 617 General Statutes of the State of
Florida.
The School Lands granted to the State under Act of
Congress on March 3, 1845, are vested in the State Board
of Education, consisting of, The Governor, who is chair-
man of the Board, the Secretary of State, the Attorney-
General, the State Treasurer and the State Superintend-
ent of Public Instruction, under Sections 335 and 336,
General Statutes of the State of Florida.
Following, are shown the various Acts of Congress
granting all the above classes of lands to the State and
tables giving a full and complete statement in detail, of












all the lands approved and patented to the State, and the
lands disposed of by the State and lands now on hand.
There are shown also, in this report, the number of acres
still owned by the United States Government subject to
homestead entry, giving the number of acres in each
county.

Following are copies of the several Acts of Congress
granting the different classes of lands to the State of
Florida, with explanations in regard to same.

SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS.

Chapter LXXXIV, Act of September 28, 1850. Be it
enacted, etc.
"That to enable the State of Arkansas to construct the
necessary, levees and drains to reclaim the swamp and
overflowed lands therein, the whole of those swamp and
overflowed lands made unfit thereby for cultivation which
shall remain unsold at the passage of this Act, shall be,
and the same are hereby granted to said State.
"Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the
duty of the Secretary of the Interior, as soon as may be
practicable after the passage of this Act, to make out an
accurate list and plats of the lands described as aforesaid,
and transmit the same to the Governor of the State of
Arkansas, and, at the request of said Governor, cause a
patent to be issued to the State therefore; and on that
patent, the fee simple to said lands shall vest in the said
State of Arkansas, subject to the disposal of the Legisla-
ture thereof: Provided, however, That the proceeds of said
lands, whether from sale or by direct appropriation in
kind, shall be applied, exclusively, as far as necessary, to
the purpose of reclaiming said lands by means of the
levees and drains aforesaid.
"Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That in making out
a list and plats of the land aforesaid, all legal subdivi-












sions, the greater part of which is 'wet and unfit for cul-
tivation,' shall be included in said list and plats; but
when the greater part of a subdivision is not of that
character, the whole of it shall be excluded therefrom.

"Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the provisions
of this Act be extended to, and their benefits be conferred
upon each of the other States of the Union in which such
swamp and overflowed lands, known and designated as
aforesaid, may be situated."


SWAMP LAND INDEMNITY.

See Acts of Congress of March 2, 1855, and March 3,
1857 (Act of 1857 continues in force Act of 1855). Sec. 2,
Act of March 2, 1855: "Sec. 2. And be it further en-
acted, that upon due proof, by the authorized agent of the
State or States, before the Commissioner of the General
Land Office, that any of the lands purchased were swamp
lands within the true intent and meaning of the Act afore-
said, the purchase money shall be paid over to said State
or States; and where the lands have been located by
warrant or scrip the said State or States shall be author-
ized to locate a quantity of like amount, upon any of the
public lands subject to entry, at one dollar and'a quarter
per acre, or less, and patents shall issue therefore, upon
the terms and conditions enumerated in the Act aforesaid:
Provided, however, the said decisions of the Commissioner
of the General Land Office shall be approved by the Secre-
tary of the Interior."

It is proper to state in connection with this, that no
lands sold, or in any way conveyed by the United States
Government, that are swamp and overflowed, since the
Act of 1857, come under the benefits of this Act. Such
lands are a clear loss to the State, as the Government in
no case reimburses the State.












INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT LANDS.

What we call the "Internal Improvement Lands Proper"
are the lands conveyed to the State, under an Act of Con-
gress bearing date of September 4, 1841, and granting
500,000 acres; Section 8 of Chapter XVI, of said Act of
September 4, 1841, page 455, U. S. Statutes at Large,
reads: "Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That there
shall be granted to each State specified in the first sec-
tion of this Act, five hundred thousand acres of land for
purposes of internal improvement: Provided, That to
each of the said States which has already received grants
for said purposes, there is hereby granted no more than
a quantity of land which shall, together with the amount
such State has already received as aforesaid, make five
hundred thousand acres, the selections in all of the said
States to be made within their limits respectively in such
manner as the Legislatures thereof shall direct; and
located in parcels conformably to sectional divisions and
subdivisions, of not less than three hundred and twenty
acres in any one location on any public land except such
as is or may be reserved from sale by any law of Congress
or proclamation of the President of the United States,
which said locations may be made at any time after the
lands of the United States in said States respectively,
shall have been surveyed according to existing laws. And
there shall be and hereby is, granted to each new State
that shall hereafter be admitted into the Union, upon
such admission, so much land as, including such quantity
as may have been granted to such State before its admis-
sion, and while under a Territorial Government, for pur-
pose of internal improvement as aforesaid, as shall make
five hundred thousand acres of land, to be selected and
located as aforesaid."










13

DISPOSITION OF "INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT
LANDS."

An Act of the Legislature, Chapter 3474, approved Feb-
ruary 16, 1883, directed that the remainder of these lands
be set apart and the proceeds from the sale of the same
be applied to the payment of certain bonded indebtedness
of the counties which had issued bbnds for aid in building
certain railroads in the State.
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund
accepted and approved the Act of the Legislature to dis-
tribute the funds arising from the sale of the "Internal
Improvement Lands Proper" to the bonded counties. After
distributing these funds for several years, it was found
that some of the counties stopped the levy of their tax for
payment of their bonds, while others continued the same.
As a result of this action some of the counties liquidated
their indebtedness while others had bonds outstanding.
The Trustees felt that it was unfair to continue to dis-
tribute these funds to only a part of the counties when
they had failed to continue their tax. Therefore, for some
time past no funds have been distributed. The proceeds
of this class of land have, also, so far as distributed, gone
indirectly to aid in the construction of railroads.
By reference to the report of the Trustees of the In-
ternal Improvement Fund a full statement can be had
as to the condition of the funds, this Department having
nothing whatever to do with the handling of said funds.

LANDS GRANTED TO STATE SPECIFICALLY FOR
RAILROADS.

Act of Congress of May 17, 1856, Chapter 31. of the
U. S. Statutes at Large.
Chap. XXXI. "Be it enacted, etc., That there be and is
hereby granted to the State of Florida, for the purpose of
aiding in the construction of railroads from St. Johns
L.-2.












River, at Jacksonville, to the waters of Escambia Bay, at
or near Pensacola, and from Amelia Island, on the Atlan-
tic, to the waters of Tampa Bay, with a branch to Cedar
Key, on the Gulf of Mexico; and also a railroad from Pen-
sacola to the State line of Alabama, in the direction of
Montgomery, every alternate section of land designated by
odd numbers, for six sections in width on each side of each
of said roads and branch. But in case it shall appear that
the United State have, when the lines or routes of said
roads and branch are definitely fixed, sold any sections, or
any parts thereof, granted as aforesaid, or that the right
of pre-emption has attached to the same, then it shall be
lawful for any agent or agents to be appointed by the Gov-
ernor of said State, to select, subject to the approval of
the Secretary of the Interior from the lands of the United
States nearest to the tiers of sections above specified, so
much lands in alternate sections or parts of sections, as
shall be equal to such lands as the United States have sold,
or otherwise appropriated, or to which the rights of pre-
emption have attached as aforesaid; which lands (thus
selected in lieu of those sold and to which pre-emption
rights have attached as aforesaid, together with the sec-
tions and parts of sections designated by odd numbers, as
aforesaid, and appropriated as aforesaid), shall be held by
the State of Florida for the use and purposes aforesaid:
Provided, that the land to be so located shall in no case be
further than fifteen miles from the lines of said roads and
branch, and selected for and on account of each of said
roads and branch: Provided further, That the lands hereby
granted for and on account of said roads and branch,
severally, shall be exclusively applied in the construction
of that road or branch for and on account of which such
lands are hereby granted, and shall be disposed of only as
the work progresses, and the same shall be applied to no
other purpose whatsoever: And provided further, That any
and all lands heretofore reserved to the United States by
any Act of Congress, or in any other manner by competent












authority, for the purpose of aiding in any object of inter-
nal improvement, or for any other purpose whatsoever, be,
and the same are hereby reserved to the United States
from the operation of this Act, except so far as it may be.
found necessary to locate the routes of said railroads or
branch through such reserved lands; in which case the
right of way only shall be granted, subject to the approval
of the President of the United States."
Certified lists are on file in this office from the United
States Land Office at Washington, D. C., designating the
lands granted to the diffeernt roads under said Act.
Secs. 636-637, pages 352, 353, General Statutes of the
State of Florida, relates to the confirmation of titles to
lands conveyed under this Act of Congress. Reference to
the attached tables will show the number of acres the rail-
roads received under this grant.

LANDS DERIVED FROM THE UNITED STATES
FOR SCHOOL PURPOSES.

Below will be found a synopsis of the Acts and refer-
ence to the Acts of Congress, with the aid of which any
one can obtain the Act and read the full text, the scope
of this report not admitting a full presentation of the
different Acts.
From the State Treasurer's report can be learned the
amount paid to the State School Fund by the United
States Government from the 5 per cent on land sales
under the Act of 1845, as set out in the Acts to follow:
Five per cent of the land sales made by the United
States Government of the Government lands in said State
are paid to the State of Florida for school purposes, under
Act of Congress of March 3, 1845, Chapter 75, page 788,
vol. 5, United States Statutes at Large.
Under the same Act of March 3, 1845, there was granted
to the State what we call our "Seminary Lands," the pro-
ceeds arising from the sale of which are applied to the











benefit of the University of the State of Florida, located
at Gainesville, Florida, and the Florida State College for
Women, located at Tallahassee, Florida.
In addition to the above, the same Act of March 3, 1845,
grants every 16th section in every township in the
State for public school purposes, and when, for various
reasons, the United States Government can not convey
the 16th section for school benefit, indemnity for same, in
lands or cash has been granted. These 16th sections are
called our "School Lands Proper." I here copy so much
of the Act of March 3, 1845, as relates to the above mat-
ters for definite information.
Chap. 75, Act of March 3, 1845, Sec. 1:
"Be it enacted, etc., That in consideration of the con-
cessions made by the State of Florida in respect to the
public lands, there be granted to the said State eight
entire sections of land for the purpose of fixing their seat
of Government; also, section number sixteen, in every
township, or other lands equivalent thereto, for the use
of the inhabitants of such township for the support of
such schools; also, two entire townships of land, in addi-
tion to the two townships already reserved, for the use of
two seminaries of learning. One to be located east, and
the other west of the Suwannee river; also, five per
centum of the net proceeds of the sale of lands within the
said State, which shall be hereafter sold by Congress, after
deducting all expenses incident to the same; and which
said net proceeds shall be applied by said State for the
purpose of education."

SCHOOL INDEMNITY.

Under this head, it will be found that the United States
Government allows indemnity to the State for lands dis-
posed of by the Government, that were conveyed by other
Acts to the State for educational purposes. For many
years the State has gotten indemnity in lands under the












provision hereinafter set out. The largest recovery under
these Acts was the indemnity for the sixteenth sections in
the Forbes Purchase which was an old Spanish grant, the
title to which was recognized by the United States Gov-
ernment.
The Act of February 26, 1859, relates to indemnity.
Copy of said Act is as follows:
Chap. 58, Act of Congress February 26, 1859:
"Be it enacted, etc., That where settlements, with a view
to pre-emption, have been made before the survey of the
lands in the field which shall be found to have been made
on sections sixteen and thirty-six, said sections shall be
subject to the pre-emption claim of such settler; and if
they, or either of them, shall have been or shall be reserved
or pledged for the use of schools or colleges in the State
or Territory in which the lands lie, other lands of like
quantity are hereby appropriated in lieu of such as may be
patented by pre-emptors; and other lands are also hereby
appropriated to compensate deficiencies for school pur-
poses, where said sections sixteen or thirty-six are frac-
tional in quantity, or where one or both are wanting by
reason of the township being fractional, or from any
natural cause whatever; Provided, That the land by
this section appropriated shall be selected and appro-
priated in accordance with the principles of adjustment
and the provisions of the Act of Congress of May 20, 1826.
entitled 'An Act to appropriate lands for the support of
schools in certain townships and fractional townships not
before provided for.' "
Under Act of Congress of February 28, 1891, the Acts
relating to indemnity for school lands were amended, to
read as follows:
"Chap. 384. An Act to amend Sections 2275 and 2276
of the Revised Statutes of the United States providing for
the selection of lands for educational purposes in lieu of
those appropriated for other purposes.












"Be it enacted, etc., That sections twenty-two hundred
and seventy-five and twenty-two hundred and seventy-six
of the Revised Statutes of the United States be amended
to read as follows:
"Sec. 2275. Where settlements with a view to pre-emp-
tion or homestead have been, or shall hereafter be made,
before the survey of lands in the field, which are found to
have been made on sections sixteen or thirty-six, those
sections shall be subject to the claims of such settlers;"
"And if such sections, or either of them, have been or
shall be granted, reserved or pledged for the use of schools
or colleges, in the State or Territory in which they lie,
other lands of equal acreage are hereby appropriated and
granted, and may be selected by said State or Territory,
in lieu of such as may be thus taken by pre-emption of
homestead settlers."
"And other lands of equal acreage are also hereby ap-
propriated and granted, and may be selected by said State
or Territory where sections sixteen or thirty-six are min-
eral land, or are included within any Indian, military or
other reservation, or are otherwise disposed of by the
United States."
For information concerning the amount of revenue de-
rived from the land sales, in these different branches, ref-
erence is made to the tabulated statements in this report
relating to the same.











Statement of Lands Originally Claimed by, and Conveyed to, Constructed Railroads, Claiming Lands Other Than
Alternate Sections, January 1, 1913.


AC(IES CLAIMED. AC(tES DEEDED. ACRES CLAIMED.
0J^ '" "il P f a

w Me a 0 -
NAME OF RAILROAD. 8 o

loi Soter E C ,

'1,.rl- t C nM RI I I 1 P I


formerly Gainesville,
Ocala and Charlotte
Harbor R. R. .. (3) 288.22

Jacksonville, Tampa
& Key West Ry., for-
inerly Tampa, Peace
Creek & St. Johns
River R. R.....(3) 130.3

Silver Springs, Ocala
and Gulf R. R.. (3) 65.15

Pensacola and Atlan-
tic R. R........(3) 101


10,000





10,000


10,000


20,000


2,882,200.001 2,4S1,61S.771


1,303,000.00


651,500.00


3,220,000.00


1,285,120.7(;


302,194.78


2,157,757.07


173,803.91 2,(;55,482.68 131,711.18 208,870.05 400,581.23




189,008.54 1,474,129.30 1......... 17,879.381 *17,879.3



*
1,405.51 30 3,600.2911155,743.825 133,501.40 289,305.22

56,267.302.214.024.3711 44,805.9411,01.7376.99 1,0(i2,242.93











Statement of Lands Originally Claimed by, and Conveyed to, Constructed Railroads, Claiming Lands Other Than
Alternate Sections January 1, 1913-Continued.

ACRES CLAIMED. ACRES DEEDED. ACRES CLAIMED.



NAME OF RAILROAD. 0


Palatka and Indian
River Ry. ..... (4)

Carrabelle, Tallahas-
see & Georgia R..R.
formerly Augusta,
Tallahasee & Gulf
R. R.; formerly
Thomasville, Talla-
hassee&Gulf R.R. (1)

Blue Springs, Orange
City and Atlantic
R. R ............. .

South Florida R. R.
(from Sanford to
Kissimmee.) ... (3)


70 6,000 420,000.00 352,477.45 127,094.39






48.821 15,000 732.300.0011 183.70.30........



28 1-3 5,000 14 1. i..1; :; 50,890.74 07,OS.25



40 3,8401 153,600.001 67,661.191 4,767.36


470.571.84 .......


183,970.30 .........



118,498.99 .........



72,428.551 ....... .


513,005.22



90,775.92


513,005.22



90,775.92


85,938.811 85,938.81


.... . . . . . . ..


]










Florida East Coast R.
IR. formerly Jack-
sonville, St. Augus-
tine & Indian River
R. R. (5) .......... 255 8,000 2,040,000.00 ........... ......... ........... ........ 2,040,000.00 ,040,000.00

Atlantic, Suwannee
River & Gulf R.R. (2) 20 10,000 200,000.00 .............. ......... ...... ........... I 200,000.00 200,000.00

St. Cloud and Sugar
Belt R. R .......... 15.4 3,40 5).13.00 .......... 59,136.00 59,136.00

Tallahassee South-
Eastern R. R., for-
merly Georgia, Flor-
ida & Western R. R. 20 10.000 200,000.00 .................... ..... ......... 200,000.00 200,000.00
Total ........... 112.003,402.6 ,941,691 .0'. .' = 1 ..' i ( ,701:211 4(;(,720.')414,(i2(,866.32 5,0 37,5772
Note-*14-100 acres excess deeded cn road from Kissimmee to Tampaandthis acreage is claimed on road
from Jacksonville to Palatka. 1
(1) The balance of 35,324.48 acres which were embraced in certificate to the Augusta, Tallahassee and Gulf
Railroad Company, having been relinquished to the Trustees by the assignees of said company under a settle-
ment with the Trustees of the remaining claim of 72,349.18 acres, which had not heretofore been deeded, is not em-
braced in the above table.
(2) The act of the Legislature granting lands to the Atlantic, Suwannee River and Gulf Railroad has been
declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of this State. [ .
(3) SCHOOL FUND.-Residuary interest under railroad land grants, of Florida Southern, Jacksonville, Tampa
& Key West, Silver Springs, Ocala & Gulf, Pensacola & Atlantic and South Florida Railroads, amounting to 1,855,-
947.57 acres, has been duly conveyed to the State Board of Education.
(4) Claim of Palatka and Indian River Ry. adjusted.: :
(5) Claim of Florida East Coast Railway, formerly Jacksonville, St. Augustine & Indian River R. R., adjusted.
See following table.













STATEMENT SHOWING RAILROADS WHICH RE-
CEIVED NO DEEDS TO SWAMP AND OVERFLOW-
ED LANDS, EXCEPT IN ALTERNATE SECTIONS
IN 6 AND 20 MILE LIMITS, TO JAN. 1, 1913.

Name of Railroad. Acres.
Alabama and Florida (from Pensacola to
Alabama line) .......................... 27,613.32
East Florida Railway Company (Jacksonville
to St. Mary River) ..................... 15,731,29
Fernandina and Jacksonville Ry. Co......... 23,649,98
Florida, Atlantic and Gulf Central (Jackson-
ville to Lake City) ...................... 164,568.21
Florida Railroad (Fernandina to Cedar Keys
and from Waldo to Tampa) .............. 505,144.14
Florida Midland Railway Company ......... 12,856.79
Green Cove Springs and Melrose Ry. Co.... 7,781.48
Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Halifax River
Railroad Co. ........................... 56,782.15
Jacksonville and Atlantic R. R. Company.... 21,501.62
Jacksonville, Mayport, Pablo Railroad & Navi-
gation Co. .............................. 10,837.88
Live Oak and Rowland Bluff R. R. Co.... .. 3,253.21
Orange Belt Railway Company ............. 88,687.92
Pensacola and Georgia Railroad (Lake City
to Tallahassee) ......................... 65,561.77
St. Johns and Lake Eustis Railroad ........ 14,725.90
Sanford and Indian River Railroad Company 6,192.88
St. John and Halifax Railroad, changed to
St. John and Halifax River Railroad Co.... 110,398.58
St. Augustine and Palatka Railway Co....... 41,510.29
St. John Railway Company ................ 42,315.16
Tavares, Orlando and Atlantic Railroad Co.. 4,002.44
Western Railway of Florida (lands not recon-
veyed) ................................. 2,840.00

Total .............................. 1,225,955.01












RECAPITULATION OF ALL SWAMP AND OVER-
FLOWED LANDS CONVEYED TO RAILROADS TO
JANUARY 1, 1913.

Name of Railroad. Acres.
Alabama and Florida (from Pensacola to
Alabama line) .......................... 27,613.32
East Florida Railway Company (Jacksonville
to St. Marys River) ..................... 15,731.29
Fernandina and Jacksonville Railway Co..... 23,649.98
Florida, Atlantic and Gulf Central (Jackson-
ville to Lake City) ...................... 164,568.21
Florida Railroad (Fernandina to Cedar Key
and from Waldo to Tampa) ............. 505,144.14
Florida Midland Railway Company ........ 12,856.79
Green Cove Springs and Melrose Ry. Co...... 7,781.48
Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Halifax
River Railroad Company ............'.... 56,782.15
Jacksonville and Atlantic R. R. Company.... 21,501.62
Jacksonville, Mayport, Pablo Railway and
Navigation Company .................... 10,837.88
Live Oak and Rowlands Bluff R. R. Company 3,253.21
Orange Belt Railway Company ............ 88,687.92
Pensacola and Georgia Railroad (Lake City
to Tallahassee) ......................... 65,561.77
St. Johns and Lake Eustis Railroad ........ 14,725.90
Sanford and Indian River Railroad Co....... 6,192.88
St. Johns and Halifax Railroad, changed to
St. Johns and Halifax River Railroad Co. 110,398.58
St. Augustine and Palatka Railway Co...... 41,510.29
St. Johns Railway Company ............... 42,315.16
Tavares, Orlando and Atlantic Railroad Co.. 4,002.44
Western Railway of Florida (lands not recon-
veyed) ............................... 2,840.00
Florida Southern Railway, formerly Gaines-
ville, Ocala and Charlotte Harbor R. R.. .2,655,482.68












Name of Railroad. Acres.
Jacksonville, Tampa and Key West Railway,
formerly Tampa, Peace Creek and St. Johns
River Railroad ..........................1,474,129.30
Silver Springs, Ocala and Gulf Railroad..... 363,600.29
Pensacola and Atlantic Railroad ........... 2,214,024.37
Palatka and Indian River Railway ......... 479,571.84
Carrabelle, Tallahassee and Georgia Railroad,
formerly Augusta, Tallahassee and Gulf
Railroad; formerly Thomasville, Tallahas-
see and Gulf Railroad ................... 183,970.30
Blue Springs, Orange City and Atlantic Rail-
road ................................... 118,498.99
South Florida Railroad (from Sanford to Kis-
simm ee) ................................ 72,428.55
Florida East Coast Railway ................ 260,007.34

Total ................................ 9,047,668.67
NoTE.-In conveyance to Florida Railroad there are
embraced 23,273.58 acres Internal Improvement lands
proper.


STATEMENT OF SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED
LANDS CONVEYED TO CANAL AND DRAINAGE
COMPANIES TO JANUARY 1, 1913.

Name of Company. Acres.
H. L. Hart for removing obstructions from
Ocklawaha River ....................... 23,356.18
Atlantic and Gulf Coast Canal and Okeecho-
bee Land Company ...................... 1,721,530.40
Florida Coast Line Canal and Transportation
Company ................... ...... 1,030,559.63
Etoniah Canal and Drainage Company ...... 4,326.47

Total ............................... 2,779,772.68












NUMBER OF ACRES APPROVED DIRECT BY THE
UNITED STATES TO RAILROADS IN FLORIDA,
UNDER ACT OF CONGRESS OF MAY 17, 1856, TO
JANUARY 1, 1913.

Name of Railroad. Acres.
Alabama and Florida (from Pensacola to
Alabama line) .......................... 166,691.08
Pensacola & Georgia (from Lake City to Pen-
sacola) ............................... 1,273,145.50
Florida Atlantic & Gulf Central (from Jack-
sonville to Lake City) ................... 29,103.74
Florida Railroad (from Fernandina to Cedar
Key) .................................. 290,183.28
Florida Central & iPeninsula (from Waldo to
Tam pa) ................................ 448,337.41

Total approved direct by United States ... .2,207,461.01



STATEMENT SHOWING THE STATUS OF ALL
SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS PATENTED
TO THE STATE PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 1913.
UNDER ACT OF CONGRESS OF SEPTEMBER 28,
1850.

Number of acres patented to
the State ................. ..20,208.681.28
Number of acres conveyed to
railroad companies ........9,047,668.67
Number of acres deeded to
canal & drainage companies.2,779,772.68
Number of acres deeded E. t.
Dickerson in 1867 for cou-
pons of Florida R. R. bonds,
which fell due prior to 1866.. 248,602.08












Number of acres deeded Wm. E.
Jackson in 1868 for coupons
of Florida, Atlantic and Gulf
Central R. R. bonds........ 113,064.80
Wells & Randolph,agents of the
State to select swamp and
overflowed lands, under con-
tract with the Governor of
Florida of Nov. 8, 1851, re-
ceived the proceeds from sale
of about .................. 100,000.00


Number of acres deeded on ac-
count of L. G. Dennis, agent
of the State to procure and re-
ceive patents for swamp and
overflowed lands at Washing-
ton, under contract with the
Governor of Florida of Nov.
10, 1875 (see orders of trus-
tees of July 5, 1881, and
April 14, 1883) ............
Number of acres deeded on ac-
count of Williams & Swann,
agents of the State to select
swamp and overflowed lands,
under contract with the trus-
tees of the Int. Imp. Fund of
March 5, 1871 .............
(Other lands were deeded on ac-
count of W. & S., under above
contract belonging to the Int.
Imp. Fund proper, embracing
4,837.98 acres, are not *em-
braced in this statement, as
they were not swamp and
overflowed lands.)


5,800.27







39,480.27












Number of acres deeded on ac-
count of Williams, Swann &
Corley, agents of the State
to select swamp and over-
flowed lands under contract
with the trustees of the Int.
Imp. Fund of May 18th, 1873 13,542. 1(
(Other lands were deeded on
account of W., S. & C., under
above contract, belonging to
the Int. Imp. Fund proper,
amounting to 15,163.56 acres
which are not embraced in
this statement, as they were
not swamp and overflowed
lands.)
Number of acres deeded on ac-
count of Sydney I. Wailes,
agent of the State to procure
patents for swamp and over-
flowed lands at Washington,
under contract with the trus-
tees of the Int. Imp. Fund of
April 13 and Oct. 19, 1878.. 224,562.80
Number of acres deeded on ac-
count of John A. Henderson,
agent of the State to select
swamp and overflowed lands
under contract with the trus-
tees of the Int. Imp. Fund of
March 15, 1884 ........... 164,124.68
Number of acres deeded on ac-
count of S. W. Teague, agent
of the State to select swamp
and overflowed lands under
contract with the Trustees of
the Int. Imp. Fund of March
22, 1902 .................. 5,778.37












Number of acres deeded in
Disston sale .............. 4,000,000.00
Number of acres deeded to all
other persons ............2,332,519.26
Total disposed of ........

Total ...................
Additional Swamp Lands dis-
solved by more complete
maps of Everglades and a re-
examination of Lands on
hand .....................

Leaving balance on hand Jan.
1, 1913 ...................


19,074,917.39

1,133,763.89





151,078.68


1,284,842.57


SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS GRANTED TO
STATE OF FLORIDA UNDER ACT OF CONGRESS,
APPROVED SEPTEMBER 28, 1850.
Acres.


Amount patented to State (as
shown by last report) to
Jan. 1, 1911. (Estimated)..
Patented to State during years
1911 and 1912, as follows:
Gainesville District.
No patent No. 167 issued.....
Patent No. 168..............
Patent No. 169..............

Total patented to January
1, 1913 ..................
The quantity disposed of prior
to January 1, 1911, as shown
by last report, was 18,827,-


20,207,722.78


Acres.
00.00
80.00
878.50


958.50


20,208,681.28












461.70. From which must be
deducted 22,223.55 acres, re-
leased to the State by Cham-
bers Land Co., under modi-
fied agreement with Trus-
tees of May 25, 1912. (See
minutes of Trustees of May
25, 1912, Vol. 9, pages 414
to 419.) ................. 18,805,238.15
The entire area embraced in
patents 168 and 169 of
958.50 acres, had been pre-
viously conveyed in deeds
Nos. 14074, 14691, 14573 and
14876 before these patents
were received. ............ 958.50
Amount sold in 1911....... 3,749.50
Amount sold in 1912....... 4,963.90
Amount conveyed to Railroads
in settlement of outstanding
claims-See following tables 260.007.34 19.074,917.39

Leaving a balance of......-- 1.133,763.89

Additional Swamp Lands dis-
covered by more complete
maps of Evergkides and re-
examination of lands on
hand .................... 151,078.68


Balance on hand January 1.
1913. (Estimated.) .......


L.-3.


1.284.842.57












SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS SOLD DURING
THE YEARS 1911 AND 1912.


Acres.


Amount.


Amount sold in 1911.........
Amount sold in 1912..........


3,749.50 $ 26,957.18
4,963.90 13,627.86


Total ................... 8,713.40 40,585.04


Amounts paid on entries made prior to and during 1911
and 1912, under contracts and agreements with Trustees
of the Internal Improvement Fund of Florida.. (Swamp
Lands).


1911. 1912.

No.'Entry. Amount Paid. No. Entry. Amount Paid.

16160 $ 12.18 16198 ?$ 60,120.00
16198 t320,000.00 16296
16375 37,600.00
16296
16327 32,400.00 16328 113.68
16329 113.68
16335 224.82
16337 1,155.94
16347 412.09
16359 113.68
16362 110.00
16370 162.52

Total.....l $352,412.18 $ 100,126.41


tNote:-Of the amount of
and $60,120.00 paid in 1912,


$320,000.00 paid in 1911,
$238,750.00 in 1911 and












$16,370.00 in 1912 was paid into the drainage fund under
the terms of the contract of sale to R. J. Bolles, an Entry
16198.
*Note:-Under modified agreement, of May 25, 1912,
with the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund of
Florida, the Chambers Land Company released 26,880
acres in Palm Beach County, which were embraced in a
former contract in Entry No. 16,296 and 4,656.45 acres in
Dade County were added under said modified contract.
See page 414 Vol. 9, Minutes of Trustees.



Table showing acreage conveyed to Railroads during
years 1911 and 1912.
No. Deed To Whom Conveyed Acres.

16396 Florida East Coast Rail-
way Company. 260,007.34


Note:-In consideration of the above conveyance dated
Dec. 14, 1912, said Railway Company has dismissed all
suits, and released all claims which it may have acquired
to the remaining 2,674,692 acres claimed by them, and for
which suits were pending. For a full record of this release
see minutes of Trustees Internal Improvement Fund of
December 14, 1912, pages 598 to 619, Vol. 9.












SWAMP LAND INDEMNITY.

The quantity of land located by the respective owners
of Swamp Land Indemnity Certificates, which has been
patented to the State, is as follows:


Total patented as per last report....
Patented to State in 1911 and 1912
to-wit:
Supplement "A" to Special Indemnity
Patent No. 3.....................
Supplement "B" to Spcial Indemnity
Patent No. 3.....................
Supplement "L" to Special Indemnity
Patent No. 2, and Special In-
demnity Patent No. 5.............
Special Indemnity Patent No. 7, Sup-
plement "A" ...................


93,910.70


12.46

55.90


80.00

40.00


188.54

Total Patented to Jan. 1, 1913... 94,099.24
Of which there has been conveyed by
the State to the owners of the cer-
tificates, or to such persons as they
directed, per last report.......... 93,200.06
Conveyed in 1911 and 1912.......... 188.54
Total conveyed to Jan. 1, 1913... 93.388.00











33

INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT LANDS.

Granted under Act of Congress, Approved September 4,
1841. (Total Grant, 500,000 Acres.)

Amount on hand January 1, 1911............ 3,381.48
Additional land discovered to be on hand in
1911 .................................... :9.50

Total .................... ............ 5,420.98
Sold during 1911 .......................... 199.88

Balance on hand January 1, 1913........... 5,221.10

Internal Improvement Lands Sold During Years 1911 and
1912.
Acres. Amount.
Sold in 1911 .................... 199.88 $ 520.80

Note:-No entries of Internal Improvement Lands in
1912.

Note:-Amount collected on Installment Entries of In-
ternal Improvement Lands made under Statutes now
obsolete.

Dec. 1, 1911 2nd and 3rd payments on Entry No.
14028 ...................................... $ 69.48
Nothing collected in 1912.












SCHOOL LANDS.

Granted Under Acts of Congress, Approved March 3, 1845,
February 26, 1859, February 28, 1891.

Amount on hand January 1,
1911. (Approximated.) .... 226,528.22
Acres.
Surveyed .................... 66,796.74
Unsurveyed ................. 159,731.48

226,528.22
Amount School Indemnity
lands approved 1911 and
1912, in lists 38, 39 and 40... 1,831.36
Additional Land discovered to
be on hand ................ 160.19

Total .................... 228,519.77
Amount sold 1911............ 6,631.12
Amount sold 1912............ 12,351.63 18,982.75
Total on hand January 1,
1913. (Approximated.) ..... 209,537.02
Surveyed ..................... 49,805.54
Unsurveyed ................. 159,731.48

209,537.02 Estimated.












SCHOOL LANDS SOLD DURING YEARS 1911-1912.


Acres.


Amount.


Amount sold in 1911......... 6,631.12 $ 39,354.34
Amount sold in 1912......... 12,351.63 32,688.79

Total ................... 18,982.75 $ 72,043.13
Note:-$20.00 of this amount received in 1912 is for
Entry No. 3734, paid in 1911.

For additional amounts received during 1911 and 1912,
see following statement.



Amounts Collected in 1911 and 1912 on Instalment
Entries of School Lands Made Under Statutes Now
Obsolete:


No. Entry. No. Instalment. Date of Amount Paid
SPayment
3422 2nd & 3rd 1911 $ 46.22
3045 2nd & 3rd 1913 54.98
Total.... ................. .......... 101.20


SEMINARY LANDS.

Acres.
Total on hand January 1, 1913................ 444.86

Note:-No sales of Seminary Lands during years 1911
and 1912.










36

STATEMENT.

Showing State Lands on Hand January 1, 1913-Esti-
mated.


I. I.
County. Swamp. Proper.
Alachua ..... 354.30 .........
Baker ....... 215.40 .........
Bradford .... 2,029.49 329.00
Brevard ..... 266.26 167.38
Calhoun ..... 344.77 77.71
Citrus ....... 11,480.52 .........
Clay ........ 206.04 .........
Columbia .... 1,452.55 .........
Dade ........ 578,969.81 .........*
DeSoto ...... 38,917.30 ........
Duval ....... 1,461.69 .........
Escambia .... 2.80 ......... .
Franklin .... ......................
Gadsden ................. .......
Hamilton .... 438.69 .........
Hernando .... ............ 40.00
Hillsborough. 117.06 .........
Holmes ..... ............ 650.61
Jackson ..... ............ 39.85
Jefferson .... t 8,909.00 400.26
Lafayette .... 290.83 40.28
Lake ........ 549.47 ........
Lee .........* 48,867.38 ........
Leon ........ t 4,170.00 ........
Levy ........ 5,250.91 .........
Liberty ..................... ...
Madison ..... 39.95 241.73
Manatee ..... 4,251.94 .........
Marion ...... 659.59 335.351


Semi-
School. nary.
640.72 1 ......
786.50 ......
120.46 .....
6,356.711 .....
2,795.801 .....
671.01 ......
400.70 ......
18.201 ......
44,862.37 ......
12,574.701 .....
1,419.09 ......
S......... o.....-
......... ......
357.751 40.06
.......... .....
40.00 ......
119.791404.80
490.501 .....
.......... ......
963.321 ......
4,973.36 .......
1,236.711 ....
39,088.63 ......
280.001 ......
1,476.881 ......
.... .. . ... . ... .
1,401.16. .....
1,749.09 ......
6,848.72 ......













STATEMENT.- (Continued.)


Showing State Lands on Hand January 1, 1913-Esti-
mated.


1. I.I. Semi-
County. Swamp. Prope. School. nary.

Monroe ...... 191,026.82 ......... 11,118.951 ......
Nassau ...... 967.51 80.25 1,880.911......
Orange ...... 3,588.50 81.31 3,073.13 '......
Osceola ...... 1,041.33 ......... 1,761.84 ......
Palm Beach.. 362,208.80 ......... 44,609.72......
Pasco ....... 79.89 ......... 645.26 ......
Pinellas ..... 159.00 ......... ........... .. ...
Polk ........ 2,357.99 ......... 1,800.641 ..
Putnam ..... 132.77 ......... 520.79 ......
Santa Rosa .. 80.04 ..........................
St. John ..... 6,797.22 36.86 881.49 .....
St. Lucie .... 1,903.81 ......... 4,816.56 ......
Sumter ..... 480.76 240.12 560.45 ......
Suwannee ... 241.25 539.29 79.91......
Taylor ... ... ........... 80.08 2,893.10 ......
Volusia ...... 3,028.81 400.00 3,717.94 ......
AVakulla 8.40.0.1......
W akulla .... ............. 840.00 40.00 .....
Walton ..... 170.77 160.74 160.00...
Washington .. 1,331.55 440.28 1,304.16 ....
Total ..... 1,284,842.57 5,231.10 209,537.021444.86


"Note.-The Supreme Court has decided that the
Trustees have no title to and no authority to sell the
lands under the navigable waters of Lake Jackson in
Leon County, and Lake Miccosukee, Jefferson County.

*Note.-Swamp Land Area Everglades Patent on hand
January 1, 1913.












Dade County ................. 562,785.70
Lee County ............ ....... 25,920.00
Monroe County ............... 162,560.00
Palm Beach County ........... 355,312.75

Total Estimated ............ 1,106,578.45
School lands area Everglades Patent District in 16th
Sections.
Acres.
Dade County ............... 39,880.80
Lee County .................... 5,760.00
Monroe County ......... . 10,240.00
Palm Beach County ............ 29,567.00

Total Estimated ............. 85,447.80



The following Circular and Table showing vacant
United States lands, are taken from report of the Com-
missioner of the General Land Office, Washington, D. C.,
dated July 1, 1912.

VACANT PUBLIC LANDS IN THE UNITED STATES.

Department of the Interior
General Land Office,
July 1, 1912.
The following tables, based on reports furnished by the
district land offices, show by States, Territories, land dis-
tricts, and counties, the area of unappropriated and unre-
served public lands, surveyed and unsurveyed, and a brief
description of the character of the vacant lands. No more
specific description of the character of the land, climate,
water or timber can be given by the General Land Office.
Counties and States in which there are no unappropriated
lands are omitted.












A township diagram, showing only entered lands in any
township, can be procured by sending $1 to the register
and receiver of the land office for that district. The dia-
gram required should be specified by township and range
number.

While the figures in the tables may not be absolutely
correct, owing to liability to error in a work of such mag-
nitude and to the necessity of making estimates of unsur-
veyed lands, it is believed that they afford a close approxi-
mation to the actual areas. The statement is intended to
inform correspondents and the general public as to
whether there is much or little public land in the several
land States and Territories and the land districts therein
and in particular counties or localities.
In many counties only a few acres are reported as va-
cant. Neither the General Land Office nor the local land
offices can furnish information as to the location of such
tracts, but such information may be obtained .from the
records of the local land offices, which, when not in official
use, are open to inspection by prospective home seekers or
their agents.
Before entry personal inspection of the lands should be
made to ascertain if they are suitable, and when the appli-
cant is satisfied on this point entry can be made at the
local land office in the manner prescribed by law, under
the direction of the local land officers, who will give full
information. Should anyone desire information in regard
to vacant lands in any district before going there for a
personal inspection, he should address the register and
receiver of the proper local land office, who will give full
information regarding vacant lands and the steps neces-
sary to be taken in making entry.

All vacant unappropriated public lands, nonmineral
and nonsaline in character, are subject to entry under the
homestead laws.














40


VACANT UNITED STATES LANDS, JULY 1, 1912.
For information regarding these lands, write Register and Receiver,
United States Land Office, Gainesville, Florida.
FLORIDA.


Land District and
County.



Gainesville:
Alachua ......
Baker ........
Bradford .....
Brevard ......
Calhoun ......
Citrus .......
Clay .........
Columbia ......
Dade .........
DeSoto .......
Duval ........
Escambia .....
Gadsden .....
Hamilton ....
Hernando ....
IIllsboro .. ...
Holmes .......
Jackson .....
Jefferson .....
Lafayette ....
Lake .........
Lee ..........
Leon .........
Levy .........
Liberty ....
Madison ......
Manatee ......
Marion .......
Monroe .......
Nassau .......
Orange ....
Osceola .......
Palm Beach....
Pasco .........
Pinellas .......
Polk .........
Putnam ......
St. Johns. ......
St. Lucie ......
Santa Rosa...
Sumter .. ....
Ruwannee .....
Taylor ...
Volusia .... ..
Wakulla ......
Walton ....
Washington ...

State total.....


Area Unappropriated
and Unreserved.


Surveyed. vyed. Total.

Acres. Acres. Acres.

3,820 ......... 3,820 L
860.. 860
1,187 .... ... 1,187
41,991 15,648 57,639 I
2,860. ......... 2,860 I
3,165......... 3,165
3,589 ......... 3,589 L
801 ... .. 8011
.... 15,820 15,820
29,102 ......... 29,102
347 1,200 1,547
1,394 ........ 1,394
1,595......... 1,595
577 ......... 577
1,260 ......... 1,260
80 ......... 80
158 ...... 158 L
307 ..... .. 307
10 ......... 10
8,065 ........ 8,365 I
26,920 ......... 26,920 L
21,738 12,800 34,538 I
160 ........ 160 L
5,107 ......... 5,107
833 ......... 833
757 ......... 757
4,960 ......... .. 4,960
10,760 ...... ... 10,760
2,487 ........ 2,487 I
530 ........ 530 I
6,795 8,320 15,115
1.205 2,408 3,613
1,880 8,020 9,900 1
440 ......... 4401L
136 ......... 186
0,750 ......... 6,750
3,828 ......... 3,828
5,940 ......... . 5,940
2,012 78,235 80,247
1,488 ......... 1,488
480 ....... .. 4480
440 ......... 440
2,920 ......... 2,9201
13,391 13,080 26,471
560 ...... 560
3,340 ...... 3,340
1 13,883 ........ 13,883

240,9081 155,531 396,4391


Brief Description of
Character of Unap-
propriated and Un-
reserved Land.



,ow Pine land.
Do.
Do.
low Pine & Swamp land
jow Pine land.
Do.
,ow Pine land.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
how Pine & Swamp land
aow Pine land.
Do.
jow Pine land.
jow Pine & Swamp land
4ow Pine land.
jow Pine & Swamp land
,ow Pine land.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
jow Pine & Swamp land
low pine land.
Do.
Do.
ilat pine land.
jow pine land.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.


Extract of letter written by Register and Receiver:

We can give no information, generally, as to the char-

acter or value of any particular tract. Part of the lands












are worthless, or of very little value; so it behooves a
prospective settler to exercise care and judgment in se-
lecting a homestead. For the most part the desirable
lands are more or less remote from railroads and popu-
lous settlements.
The western and northern portions of the State are
adapted to general farming, live stock and small fruits
more hardy than citrus varieties; the central portion is
suited to general farming, trucking where transportation
facilities permit, citrus fruits and live stock; the southern
portion to trucking, subject to the same limitations as to
transportation, citrus and other semi-tropical fruits, and
live stock, the Islands and Dade County being, generally,
adapted to truck farming and fruits.
The only maps showing the public lands are our official
township plats. From them on payment of $1 each we
prepare maps showing vacant lands in any designated
townships. If the names of settlers who have made entries
are wanted also, the fee is $2.
For other information concerning the State you should
write the Commissioner of Agriculture. Tallahassee.
Very despectfully,
SHIELDS WARREN, Receiver.
HENRY S. CHUBB, Register.



DEPARTMENT OF FIELD NOTES.

Another important department was given to the Depart-
ment of Agriculture when the Legislature, by Chapter
5611, Laws of Florida, Acts of 1907, added the Field Note
Deparulneni.
Prior to 1907, the field notes of all the original surveys
of the United States Government Land, as well as the
maps, plats, record, of all the Spanish Grants, and all
other records bearing on the Surveys of the United States













Government Land, were kept in the office of the Surveyor
General.
When it was made known to the State of Florida by the
United States Governmnt, in 1907, that the surveys of
all the public land in the State of Florida had been dis-
continued and that the United States office of Surveyor
General would also be discontinued, it became necessary
for the State to make some provisions to take care of the
many and important records of that office.
We give in full below, Chapter 5611, Acts of 1907, trans-
ferring the field notes, etc., to the Department of Agricul-
ture of the State of Florida.

Chapter 5611-(No. 16)

AN ACT To Provide for the Reception and Safe Keeping
by the Commissioner of Agriculture of the Field Notes,
Maps and Records in the Office of the Surveyor-General
Appertaining to Land Titles in Florida.
Whereas, The surveys of all Public Lands in the State
of Florida Have Been Discontinued; and Whereas, the
Federal Office of Surveyor-General in Florida is About to
be Discontinued; Necessitating under the Acts of Con-
gress, the Delivery of the Important Records of that Office
to Some Duly Authorized Official of this State for Safe
Keeping; and, Whereas, such delivery Cannot, by Law,
be Made until Some Official of this State has been Author-
ized by State Law to Receive Them, and some Provision
Made by Law for Their Safe Keeping; Therefore;

Be It Enacted By the Legislature of the State of Florida:

Section 1. That upon the discontinuance by the Fed-
eral authorities of the office of Surveyor-General for the
State of Florida, the Commissioner of Agriculture of the
State of Florida is hereby fully authorized to receive all
of Ihe field notes, surveys, maps, plats, papers and records












heretofore kept in the office of said Surveyor-General, and
it shall be the duty of the Commissioner of Agriculture
carefully and safely to keep and preserve all of said field
notes, surveys, maps, plats, papers and records as part of
the public records of his office, and shall at all times allow
any duly accredited authority of the United States full
and free access to any and all of such field notes, surveys,
maps, plats, papers and records; and shall be authorized
to make and furnish under his hand and seal certified
copies of any or all of the same to any person or persons
making application therefore; Provided, That when the
Surveyor General shall deliver the above named records
to the Commissioner of Agriculture, the Commissioner of
Agriculture is hereby authorized to employ one additional
clerk whose salary shall not exceed one hundred dollars
per month; Provided further, That it shall be the duty
of the Secretary of State under the direction of the Board
of State Institutions to provide some place suitable for
keeping such records, maps and other papers.
Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately upon
its passage.
Approved May 22, 1907.







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