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Thirteenth Biennial Report

of the

Department of Agriculture

of the

State of Florida


LAND DIVISION

FOR THE YEARS
1913 AND 1914



W. A. McRAE
Commissioner of Algriculture
Tallahassee, Florida


'1. J. Ipplellarrd, Slate Printer, Tallahaggee, Fla.











































County Map of State of Florida.
























LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.


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

To His Excellency,
Park Trammell,
Governor of the State of Florida.

SIR:-

As provided by law, I here submit the Biennial
Report of the Department of Agriculture, Land Division.
for the years 1913 and 1914.

Respectfully submitted,

W. A. McRAE,
Commissioner of Agriculture.
















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-
lure. This is the thirteenth Biennial Report of the De-
partment of Agriculture and the second to be made by
the present incumbent.
There are many people in the State yet, who do not rec-
og nize the important of this Department. The name of
the Department from the beginning has been more or less
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 division
separate and distinct from the other. Each division will
not only be treated separately, but the report of each di-
vision 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:

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.










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5-The Land Division.

6-The Field Note Division.

7-The Shell Fish 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 Im-
migration." 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 greatly
decreased, the inquiries about lands which the State has
disposed of, as well as about 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 required
in the Land Department than in any other branch of this
office. The records of this Department are of the very
greatest value to the people of this State, as the original
titles to all the lands disposed of by the State must be
kept in this Department; making it most important that
a perfect record be kept for the use of the present 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 of copies of deeds, and these records are very im-
perfect. Some of them disappeared during reconstruction
days. This being 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-










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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 trans-
actions. 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 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 ab-
stract 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-
ing the Secretary of the Trustees for same.
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 Goveronr, 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, 336 and
2,458, General Statutes of the State of Florida.

The certificate of the Commissioner of Agriculture,
under his official seal, of the ownership of any lands in this
State, shall be prima facie evidence of the facts therein
certified. See Sections 1524, 1525 and 1526 General Stat-
utes 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 lhe different classes of lands to the State of
Florida, wibh explanations in regard to aame:


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 subdi-
visions, 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 char-
acter, the whole of it shall be excluded therefrom.










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"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 Gen-
eral Land Office, that any of the lands purchased were
swamp lands within the true intent and meaning of the
Act aforesaid, the purchase money shall be paid over to
said State or States; and where the lands have been lo-
cated by warrant or script the said State or States shall
be authorized 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 Secretary 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 Sfate, 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 section
of this Act, five hundred thousand acres of land for pur-
poses 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."

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 bonds for aid in building
certain railroads in the State.













The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund ac-
cepted and approved the Act of the Legisalture 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 out-
standing. The Trustees felt that it was unfair to continue
to distribute 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 distrib-
uted, gone indirectly to aid in the construction of
railroads.

By reference to the report of the Trustees of the Inter-
nal Improvement Fund a full statement can be had as to
the condition of the funds, this Department having noth-
ing 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
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
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the United States 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 con-
struction of that road or branch for and on account of
which such lands are hereby granted, and shall be dis-
posed 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 internal 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 different roads under said Act.
Secs. 636-637, pages 352, 353, General Statutes of the
State of Florida, relate 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 theState
for public school purposes, and when there are deficiencies
in the 16th sections, indemnity for same, in lands or cash













has been granted. These 16th sections are called our
"School Lands Proper." The following is a copy of so
much of the Act of March 3, 1845, as relates to said grant:

Chap. 75, Act of March 3, 1845, Section 1:
"Be it enacted, etc., That in consideration of the con-
cessions made by the State of Florida in respect to the
pubic lands, there be granted to the said State eight en-
tire sections of land for the purpose of fixing their seat
of Government; also, section number sixteen, in every
township, or other lands equivalent therto, 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 de-
ducting all expenses incident to the same; and which said
net proceeds shall be applied by said State for the purpose
of education."


SCHOOL INDI)EMNITY.

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 sixteen 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 nat-
ural cause whatever; Provided that the land by this sec-
tion appropriated shall be selected and appropriated in
accordance with the principles of adjustment and the pro-
visions 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 or 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, 1915.
ACRES CLAIMED. ACRES DEEDED. ACRES CLAIMED.

3?s"s a ~22 o

NAME OF RAILROAD. z






formerly Gainesville,
ala and Charlotte .

Harbor R. R .. . (3) 288.22 10,000 2,2,200.002,4 618.77 1 2,655.482 131,711.18 26,870.05 400.581.23

Jacksonville, Tampa &
oKey West Ry., for-
formerly Gainesville,
Ocala and Charlotte I
Harbor K. R.....(3) 288.22 10,0001 2,8S2,200.001 2,481,018.77 173,S0.3.91 2,055.482 08 131,711.18 268,870.05 400.581.23
Jacksonville, Tampa &
Key West Ry., for-
merly Tampa, Peace
Creek & St. Johns
River R. R. ..... (3) 130.3 10,000 1,303,000.00 1,285,120.7 18,008.54 1.474,129. 0 ......... 17,870.38 17,870.38
Silver Springs, Ocala &1 *
Gulf R. R ....... (3) 6.15 10,000 6,r00.00 302,14.78 1.405.51 363,600.29 155,743.82 133,561.40 250,305.22
Pensacola and Atlantic *
R. .......... 3) 161. 20,000 ,20,000.00 12.157,77.07 56,267.30 2,214,024.37 44.865.94 1,017.37.9 1,062,242.93
Palatka and Indian
River Ry. ..... (4) 70. 6,000 420.000.00 352,477.45 127,04.3 479,571.84 .......................
Carrabelle, Tallahassee
& Georgia R. R., for- |
merly Augusta, Tal-
lahassee & Gulf R.
R., formerly Thomas-
ville, Tallahassee & __ I












STATEMENT OF LANDS ORIGINALLY CLAIMED BY, AND CONVEYED TO, CONSTRUCTED RAILROADS, CLAIMING
LANDS OTHER THAN ALTERNATE )


ACRES CLAIMED. ACRES DEEDED. ACRES CLAIMED.



*0 zu a 55 ES^ s
NAME OF RAILROAD.


0
aEl5 a F 330
________ ____ ___ ____< <_ I u_- o____ n-____


Gulf R. R ..... (1)

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

South Florida R. R.
(from Sanford to
Kissimmee) .....(3)
Florida East Coast R.
R., formerly Jackson-
ville, St. Augustine &
Indian River R.R.(5)
Atlantic, Suwannee
River & Gulf R.R.(2)

St. Cloud and Sugar
Belt R. R. ........
Tallahassee Southeast-
ern R. R., formerly
Georgia, Florida &
Western R. R ......


255.

20.

15.4


15,00UU


5,000


3,840


8,000

10,000

3,840



10 000


141,666.66


153,600.001



2,040,000.00

200,000.00

59,136.001


50,890.74


67,661.19



260,007.34




. . . . . ..


200000.00 1 . . .


67,608.25


4,767.36


183.970.30 u


118,498.99


72,428.55



260,007.34


00,775.92


85,938.81



2,040,000.00

200,000.00

59,136.00


90,775.92


85,938.81



1,779,092.66

200,000.00

39,136.00


200.000.00 200,000.00


Totals . ... ... I .. .. ..|...... |; 12,003,.402.6|l (7.201,698.401 620,015.26l~~17,82.7136 | 466.720i.94 I16'.863 4,62 ~ ~ 5.


. . . .. ..


10 00 ')0 00.0 i. ..










Note-*14-100 acres excess deeded on road from Kissimmee to Tampa, and this acreage is claimed on road from Jack-
sonville to Palatka.
(1) 35,324.48 acres, being the balance 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 settlement with the Trustees of the remain-
ing claim of 72.349.18 acres, which had not heretofore been deeded, is not embraced in the above table.
(2) The act of the Legislature granting lands to the Atlantic, Suwannee River and Gulf Railroad has been declared uncon-
stitutional by the Supreme Court of this State.
(3) SCHOOL FUND.-Residuary interest under railroad grants, of Florida Southern, Jacksonville, Tampa & Key West,
Silver Springs, Ocala & Gulf, Pensacola & Atlantic and South Florida Railroads, amounting to 1,855,047.57 acres, has been duly
conveyed to tle 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.












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, 1915.

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. 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

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












RECAPITULATION OF ALL SWAMP AND OVER-
FLOWED LANDS CONVEYED TO RAILROADS TO
JANUARY 1, 1915.

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 River Railroad Co... 110,398.58
St. Johns and Halifax Railroad, changed to
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-
simmee) ............................... 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, 1915.

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











27

NUMBER OF ACRES APPROVED DIRECT BY THE
UNITED STATES TO RAILROADS IN FLORIDA,
UNDER ACT OF CONGRESS OF MAY 17, 1856, TO
JANUARY 1, 1915.

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
K ey) .................................. 290,183.28
Florida Central & Peninsula (from Waldo to
Tam pa) ................................ 454,825.83

Total approved direct by United States... .2,213,949.43


STATEMENT SHOWING THE STATUS OF ALL
SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS PATENTED
TO THE STATE PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 1915,
UNDER ACT OF CONGRESS OF SEPTEMBER 28.
1850.
Number of acres patented to
the State .................. 20,371,829.79
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. N.
Dickerson in 1867 for cou-
pons of Florida R. R. bonds,
which fell due prior to 1866.. 248,602.98














Number of acres deeded Wm. E.
Jackson in 1868 for coupons
of Florida, Atlantic and Gulf
Central R. R. bonds........
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 ...................
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
Fwamp 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.)


113,064.80








100,000.00











5,800.27







39,480.27











29
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. 13,542.61
(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 Qf 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 .............. 2,337,078.79

Total disposed of.........

Balance-on hand January
1, 1915 (Estimated) .....


19,079,476.92


1,292,352.87


SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS GRANTED TO

STATE OF FLORIDA UNDER ACT OF CONGRESS,

APPROVED SEPTEMBER 28, 1850.


Amount patented to State (as
shown by last report) to
Jan. 1, 1913 (Estimated)...

Patented to State during years
1913 and 1914, as follows:

Gainesville District.

Patent No. 170.............
Patent No. 171..............
Additional lands per report of
1913 ......................

Lands which reverted to State
from old forfeited entries and
old errors .................

Total patented to January
1, 1915 ...................


Acres.


20,208,681.28


Acres.

6,644.16
4,705.50


11,349.66

151,078.68


720.17


20,371,829.79













The quantity disposed of prior
to January 1, 1913, as shown
by last report, was 19,074,-
917.39. From which must be
deducted 10,399.40 acres, re-
leased to the State by Cham-
bers Land Co., under a second
modified agreement with
Trustees of July 13, 1913.
(See minutes of Trustees of
July 13, 1913 ..............19,064,517.99
Amount sold in 1913......... 12,012.80
Amount sold in 1914......... 2,946.13
Total ...................

Balance on hand January 1,
1915 (Estimated) ..........


19,079,476.92


1,292,352.87


SWAMI' ANI) OVERFLOWED LANI)S SOLD DU'R-

ING THE YEARS 1913 AND 1914.

Acres. Amount.


Amount sold in 1913 ............
Amount sold in 1914............


12,012.80 $ 47,369.00
2,946.13 13,787.49


Total ................... 14,)58.93 61,156.49


2-L. D











AMOUNTS PAID ON ENTRIES MADE PRIOR TO
AND DURING 1913 AND 1914 UNDER CONTRACTS
AND AGREEMENTS WITH TRUSTEES OF THE
INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT FUND OF FLORIDA.
SWAMP LANDS.
1913. 1914.

o. Entry. Amount Paid. No. Entry. AAmount Paid.

'16198 t$ 2,800.00 16198 t$ 1,929.25
16296 13,000.00 16296 16,500.00
16328 318.71 16359 104.54
16329 319.20 16362 103.53
16335 209.10 16370 307.63
16337 1,614.99 16405 150.50
16349 1,020.49 16409 315.71
16359 218.23 16410 221.27
16362 220.52 16411 80,000.00
16363 109.73 16424 113.68
16370 158.17 16427 78.40
16376 212.75 16429 198.27
1640. 78.40 16430 201.07
16409 162.68 16434 215.59
Received 16435 464.00
from lands 16437 214.67
belonging, 16438 214.67
to State 16441 150.80
under 16442 5.80
rights of 16443 150.80
Sovereignty 16444 178.66
in Section 16446 1,225.75
8, Tp. 53, 16449 1,600.00
R. 42 ...... 500.00 16456 499.20
16463 156.32
16467 80.00

Total .... 20,942.97 Total.... $ 105,80.11
Total.... $ 20,942.97 1 Total.... $ 105,380.11













t Note: The amount'of $2,800.00 paid in 1913, was paid
into the drainage fund under the terms of con-
tract of sale to R. J. Bolles, an Entry, 16198.
* Note: Under a second modified agreement of July 13,
1913, with the Trustees of the Internal Improve-
ment Fund of Florida, the Chambers Land Co.
further released 5,859.17 acres in Palm Beach
county, and 5,122.22 acres in Dade county, mak-
ing a total of 10,981.39!, which were embraced in
a former contract in Entry No. 16296, and
581,99 acres in D)ade county were added under
said modified contract. See Minutes of Trustees
of July 13, 1913.

Under an agreement of November 28, 1914, with the
Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund of Florida,
Richard J. Bolles reconvened to the said Trustees the re-
mainder of the lands originally conveyed to him by said
Trustees and included in the mortgage from said Bolles
to said Trustees, not heretofore released by said Trustees
from said mortgage, which are particularly described in
said agreement and reconveyance, amounting to 115,060.00
acres in Palm Beach County, and 135,120.00 acres in Dade
County.

iThe said Trustees further agreeing to allow the said
Bolles until June 1, 1915, in which to repurchase the
said lands.

See Minutes of the Trustees of November 28, 1914.
Under the terms of this agreement these lands cannot
be restored to market, unless said Bolles fails to pay for
same on or before June 1, 1915, and consequently they
have not been added to the area of the State lands on
hand, in this report.












SWAMP LAND INI)EMNITY.

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.... 94,099.24

Patented to State in 191: and 1914,-
to-wit:

Special Indemnity Patent No. 6 .... 182.50

Swamp Land Indenmnity Patent No.
17, Supplement "A" .............. 71.85
254.35

Total Patented to Jan. 1, 1915.... 94,353.59

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 .......... 903,388.60

Conveyed in 1913 and 1914.......... 484.34

Total conveyed to Jan. 1, 1915... 93,872.94










35

INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT LANDS.

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

Amount on hand January 1, 191 ............ 5,221.10

Additional land discovered to be on hand in
1913 ................................... 65.24

Total ................................. 5,286.34

Sold during 1913 ......................... 7.00

Balance on hand January 1, 1915........... 5,279.34

Internal Improvement Lands Sold During Years 1913
and 1914.

Acres. Amount.
Sold in 1913 .................... 7.00 $ 70.00

Note:-No entries of Internal Improvement Lands in
1914.











36

SCHOOL LANDS.

Granted Under Acts of Congress, approved March 3, 1845,
February 26, 1851), February 28, 1891.

Total Granted, Approximated at 1,000,000.00 acres.

Amount on hand January 1,


Acres.

209,537.02


1913. (Approximated.) .....


Acres.

Surveyed ..................... 49,805.54
Unsurveyed .................. 159,731.48

209,537.02


A m o u n t School Indemnity
lands approved in 1913 and
1914, in lists 41, 42 and 43....

Additional Land discovered to be
on hand ....................

T otal ....................

Amount sold 191 .............. 2,145.73
Amount sold 1914 ............. 957.46

Total on hand January 1,
1915. (Approximated.) .....

Surveyed ..................... 47,852.27

Unsurveyed ................... 1591,731.48

207,583.75


706.04


443.88

210,686.94


3,103.19



207,583.75





Estimated.













SCHOOL LANDS SOLD DURING YEARS 1913-1914.

Acres. Amount.
Amount sold in 1913........... 2,145.73 $ 9,284.80
Amount sold in 1914........... 957.46 12,976.43

Total ..................... 3,103.19 $ 22,261.23

For additional amounts received during 1913 and 1914,
see following statement.

Amount.
Received in 1913, on Entry No. 3734 ......... $ 30.08
Received in 1914, for Right of Way.......... 40.00

S 70.08




SEMINARY LANDS.
Acres.
Total originally granted ................... 92,160.00
Total on hand January 1, 1915 ............. 363.68

Note:-No sales of Seminary Lands during years 1913
and 1914.




FEES PAID TO STATE TREASURER UNDER ACT
OF LEGISLATURE OF 1913, FOR EXTRA WORK
IN LAND DEPARTMENT.

Fees received in 1913 .....................$ 265.50
Fees received in 1914 ...................... 462.10

Total ........................... .... . $ 727.60
"""'"""""""""*















Showing State


STATEMENT.
Lands on Hand January 1, 1915-Esti-
mated.


County.


Alachua .....
Baker .......
Bay .........
Bradford ....
Brevard .....
Calhoun .....
Citrus .......
Clay ........
Columbia ....
Dade ....... *
I)eSoto ......
1)uval .......
Escambia ....
Franklin .... .
Gadsden ......
Hamilton ....
Hernando.... .
Hillsborough
Holmes ...... .
Jackson .....
Jefferson ....
Lafayette ....
Lake ........
Lee .......
Leon ........
Levy ........
Liberty .......
Madison .....
Manatee .....
Marion ...... I


Swamp.


681.66
215.40
919.79
2,029. 49
212.83
304.77
11,480.52
206.04
1,488.96
582,639.55
37,95. 70
1,461.69)
2.80



438.6')

40.00



8,909.00


I. 1.
Proper.



440.24
229.00

167.38
77.76















657.00
53.45
400.26


290.83 79.93)
595.97 .........
48,867.38 .... ..
4,170.001 .........
5,250.91 .........

39.95 241.73
4,251.94 .......
659.591 235.351


School.


Semi-
Snary.


640.72 ......
786.50 ......
342.211 .....
120.46 ......
6,316.71 ......
2,795.80 ......
671.01 ......
400.701 ......
98.171 ....
* 44,862.371 ....
11,414.70 ......
1,419.09 ......

. .. .. .. . .. I. .. . .

357.75 40.06

40.00 ......
119.791323.32
490.501 ......
.. ......... ......
963.32 ......
4,973.36 ......
1,236.71 .....
* 39,088.63 ......
280.00 ......
1,476.88 ......

1,401.16 ......
1,749.09 ......
6,848.72 ......


I










39

STATEMENT.- (Co tinued.)

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


County.


Monroe .... *
Nassau ......
Orange ......
Osceola ......
Palm Beach.. *
Pasco .......
Pinellas .. .
Polk ........
Putnam .....
Santa Rosa ..
Seminole .....
St. Johns ....
St. Lucie ....
Sumter ......
Suwannee ...
Taylor .......
Volusia ......
Wakulla .....
Walton ..... .
Washington ..


1. 1.
Swamp. Proper.

191,104.52 ........... *
926.13 80.251
758.57 119.951
1,188.33 .........
360,914.61 ......... *
79.89. 40.001
159.00 ...
2,103.12 .........
132.77 .... .
,80.04 ....... ..
2,839.871 80.26
6,757.43 36.86
2,127.43 .........
440.071 240.121
241.19' 578.98,
...... .... 80.081
8,672.97 440.001
40.001 840.001..
302.98 160.741
369.49 ........


Semi-
School. nary.

11,179.25 ......
1,800.91 ......
2,242.721.....
1,761.841 .....
43,652.441 ......
645.26i ....
......... I .....
1.800.64 ......
520.791 ......
. . . . .. .. .
946.01 ......
881.49 ......
4,816.561 .....
560.451 .....
40.031 ......
2,893.10 ......
3,717.941 .....
...............
955.47 .....
274.501 ......


Total


..... ( 1,292,352.871 5,279.34 207,583.751363.68


tNote.-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 in Everglades Patent on
hand January 1, 1915.













Acres.
Dade County ................. 566,455.44
Lee County .................. 25,920.00
Monroe County ............... 162,560.00
Palm Beach County ........... 349,759.81

Total Estimated ............ 1,104,695.25

School land 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, 1914.

VACANT PUBLIC LANDS IN THE UNITED STATES.

Department of the Interior,
General Land Office,
July 1, 1914.
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, owning 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.
















VACANT UNITED STATES LANDS. JULY 1, 1914.
For information regarding these lands, write Register and Receiver,
United States Land Office, Gainesville, Florida.
FLORIDA.

Area Unappropriated
and Unreserved .
and reserved Brief Description of
Land IDistrict Character of Unap-
and County. Unsur- propriated and Un-
Surveyed. veyed. Total. reserved Land.

SAcres. AcI Pes \ erel


Gainesville:
Alachua .......
Baker .........
Bay ............
Bradford ......
Brevard .......
Calhoun .......
Citrus .........
Clay ...........
Columbia ......
De Soto .......
Duval ..........
Escambia .....
Gadsden .......
Hamilton ......
Hernando ......
Hillsboro ......
Holmes .......
Jackson ........
Jefferson ......
Lafayette ......
Lake ...........
Lee ............
Leon ..........
Levy ...........
Liberty ........
Madison ......
Manatee .......
Marion ........
Monroe ........
Nassau ........
Orange.......
Osceola ...
Pasco ..........
Pinellas ........
Polk ..........
Putnam ........
St. John ....... I
St. Lucie .......
Santa Rosa ....
Seminole ......
Sumter ........
Suwannee .....
Taylor .........
Volusia ........
Wakulla .......
Walton ........
Washington ....
State total ..... I


3,680 ..........
820 .........
4,607 .........
1,039 .........
23,111 15,648
1,320 ..........
3,084 .........
.2,242 .........
756 ..........
24,129 .........
106 1,200
979 ....... ..
1,538 .........
5471 ..........
1,105 ..........
200..........
138 .........
267 .........
10 ..........
8,036. .........

14,163 12,800
120 ....... ..
5,022 ..........
534 .........
556 ..........
4,037 ..........
10,020 .........
1,901 .........
426 .........
2,736 8,320
954 2,408
320 ..........
5 ..........
5,998 ..........
3,260 ..........
2,3701........
985| 78,235
652 ..........
8881........
4001........
440 ..........
2,780 ..........
9,699| 13,080
560 ..........
6,0741..........
1,6691..........


176,2331 131.6911 307.924'


3,680 Low pine.
820 Do.
4,607 Do.
1,039 Do.
38,759 Low pine, swamp.
1,320 Low pine.
3,084 Do.
2,242 Do.
756 Do.
24,129 Do.
1,306 Do.
979 Do.
1,538 Do.
547 Do.
1,105 Do.
200 Do.
138 Do.
267 Do.
101 Do.
8,0361 Low pine, swamp.
21,950 Low pine.
26,963 Low pine, swamp.
1201 Low pine.
5,022 Do.
534 Do.
556 Do.
4,0371 Do.
10,020 Do.
1,901 Low pine, swamp.
426 Low pine.
11,056 Do.
3,362 Do.
320 Do.
51 Do.
5,998 Do.
3,260 Do.
2,3701 Do.
79,220L Do.
652 Do.
888 Do.
400 Do.
440' Do.
2,7801 Do.
22,7791 Do.
5601 Do.
6,074' Do.
1.6691 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 respectfully,

SHIELDS WARREN, Receiver.
HENRY S. CHUBB, Register.

Note-On January 20th. 1!915, Hon. Robert W. Iavis,
of Tampa, and Hon. Perry M. Colson, of Gainesville, suc-
ceeded Hon. Henry S. Chubb and Hon. Shields Warran,,
respectively, as Register and Receiver of the Gainesville,
Florida, Land Office.

Copies of Photolitographic Township Maps can le pur-
chased of the Commissioner of the General Land Office,
Washington, D. C., for 25c per Township.












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
Department.
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 Government, 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 Safo












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 the 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.

Sec. 2. This act shall take effect immediately npon its
passage.
Approved May 22. 1907.










46;

Fees turned over to State Treasurer under Act of Leg-
islature of 1913, from Field Note Department:

Amount.

1913 ............... ....................... $ 457.05
1914 ................................. ...... 716.35


Total ................................. 1,173.40




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