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excavations, rocky bluffs and high protection walls; and Disbursed in 1831
37,491 98 the scarcity and difficulty of procuring good stone for
77,871 24 masonry has greatly increased the cost of the work.
35,226 28 The Lycoming line, in common with all the branch lines, bas been greatly delayed for want of adequate ap
150,589 50 propriations, but during the past season the work on it Balance on hand October thirty.one, 1833 $15,160 80 has generally been prosecuted with diligence. A grea- Per centage retained, and estimated cost ter scarcity of mechanics was experienced on this line, of completing the work
15,000 00 than on any other portion of the public works. These causes have produced the common complaints of a per- Excess of appropriation
60 80 petual succession of re-lettings, at higher prices. To this cause may principally be ascribed the enhanced 'The whole amount paid, is cost of the line: but the increase of this year's estimate Per centage retained and work to be
150,589 50 over that of last year, is also partly owing to the works done
15,100 00 having been greatly strengthened, and the Bald Eagle side cut not being included in last year's estimate. Whole cost of eight miles and two hun
From Loyalsock feeder downwards, about fourteen dred and twenty-seven perches miles may be finished by the first of July, and the re
$165,689 50 mainder of the line can be completed by the first of A Statement of the Funds appropriated to the FranksSeptember, 1834.
town line. Statement of the Funds of the Lycoming Line, and Lew
Amount available of appropriations of
1831 and 1832 isburg and Bald Eagle side cuts.
Pro rata deduction under the act of ele. Amount available of appropriations of 1831 and 18.32
venth June, 1832, refunded
24,259 56 Pro rata deduction, under act of eleventh
$380,784 40 Appropriation of the sixteenth Febru. June, 1832, refunded
32,712 14 6,639 46 Appropriation of the sixteenth of Febru
Disbursed in 1831
79,325 38 470,007 90
556,980 31 1833
Balance on hand thirty-first October, 1833 19,342 51
Estimated cost of completing the line 18,999 92
706,008 47 Balance on hand, October thirty.one, 1833 $151,423 29
Excess of appropriations
The whole amount paid, is There is due on this line for
761,758 78 Amount yet to pay
18,999 92 per centage
61,300 97 Estimated cost of completing
Whole cost on the Frankstown line the work
$780,758 70 391,271 40
452,572 37 Deduct the above balance
Milês. Perhes. 151,423 29 Length of the Frankstown line
38 154 South Branch feeder
3 40 Amount required to complete the division $301, 149 08
Whole length miles,
41 194 Whole amount paid, is
706,008 47 Per centage retained and work to be
452,572 37 The following sums have been paid within the last
year, upon the several divisions, for damages: Cost when completed $1,158,580 84 Columbia railway
$8,152 00 Miles. Perches. Western division
9,919 50 Length of Lycoming line
133 68 Bald Eagle side cut
122 25 Lewisburg side cut
1,870 91 Whole length,
5,595 00 The Columbia-line of the Eastern division, and the
17,517 96 Frankstown line of the Juniata division were both fill
1,050 00 ed with water last fall, subsequently to the date of our
11,156 00 last report. A number of jobs on those lines, which at that time were in progress have been completed. Se
$72,244 10 veral contracts on the Columbia line are yet unfinished.
The counsel of the Commonwealth were directed by The following is a statement of the funds appropriated the Board, previous to the argument of the cause pendto those lines and of their cost,
ing in the Supreme court for damages upon the Eastern Statement of the Funds appropriated to 8 miles and 227. promise, the same sums which had been offered to
division, to offer to the respective claimants, as a comperches of the Columbia line of the Eastern division.
them by the resolution of the Board of the twenty-fifth Amount available of appropriations of
of September, 1830. Offers of compromise were also di1831 and 1832
127,445 69 recteil to be made, with one exception, to the other Pro rata deduction under act of eleventh June 1832, refunded
claimants, in causes pending in the Supreme court at Appropriation of the sixteenth of Febru
2,469 36 Lancaster and at Sunbury. The offers of the compro
mise made, in the cause pending at Sunbury, were acary, 1833
35,835 25 cepted; they have since been paid, and satisfaction is
entered. Neither of the offers of compromise, to claim$165,750 301 ants upon the Eastern division, were accepted. The
CANAL COMMISSIONER'S REPORT.
causes were argued before the Supreme court at Lan the Portage railway, is for the next caster, in May last. Four of the seventeen have been
$41,666 50 decided in favour of the Commonwealth, and the oth- For expenses of horses, if horses are ers are still pending.
used as the motive power on the le
vels between the inclined planes A Statement of the sums appropriated and applicable to
18,732 50 the new lines, and of the sumns required to complete the For expenses of engines, &c. at the in
clined planes, upon the Columbia
51,000 00 Beaver division and She.
No estimate has been made of the expense of worknango towing-path 424,241 62 57,041 36 ing the locomotive engines. Franklin line and north
Before closing this report, the Board wish to call the and west ends feeder 348,160 29 94,398 05 attention of the Legislature to the propriety of authorWyoming line and Lack
izing the construction of locks, to connect the Susqueawanna feeder
284,892 85 17,341 58 hanna river with the canal at Ritner's, on the SusqueLycoming line and Lewis
hanna division, so as to afford an inlet to the coal that burg and Bald Eagle
is carried on the Lykens Valley railway; and on the side cuts
857,431 76 301,149 08 | Columbia line, opposite to the works of the Codo. Frankstown line & South
rus Navigation Company, that a large portion of the Branch feeder 781,101 29
citizens of York county may participate more fully in Columbia line, 8 miles
the benefits of the State improvement; and also at Har227 perches 165,750 30
risburg, for the convenience of the citizens of Cumber
land county: Sum required to complete
$1,640,672 00 The legislative provisions in relation to the Columbia, There will be required for new work
Chicques and Marietta road, the road on sections eighupon old lines, and for the purchase
ty-eight and eighty-nine of the North Branch division, of lots for houses and offices for collec
and the abutments of the French creek feeder dam tors and lock keepers, and to pay
at Bemus' mill, have been severally acted on by the debts due
100,000 00 Board. To pay debts due by supervisors for la.
The examination and survey of the damages sustainbor and materials 64,298 58
ed by the owners of private property, by the construcFor repairs the ensuing year 410,701 42
tion of the tunnel through Grants' Hill, in the city of
475,000 00 Pittsburg, has been made, as directed by the resolution To pay damages
49,328 00 of the eighth of April last, and will be the subject of a
special report. Amounting to
Signed by order of the Board.
JAMES CLARKE, President. The estimate of the expenses of the en
Francis R. SAUNK, Secretary. gines,&c, at the inclined planes upon
Harrisburg, Nov. 1, 1833.
Statement of the properly conveyed on the Pennsylvania Canal and Railway during the year ending of 31st Oc
Flour. Wheat. Rye, Grass Pota- Beef &l Fish.
corn, &c seeds. toes. pork.
이 0 8373
0 16 200
112 87 3617
103 22,830 1881 2816
536 6939 73120 36560 1270 0
0 12541 36067 17792 150
55 8541 6648 2111 603
240 2463 1002 500
0 29 24263 3589 38178 0 215 0
0 1105 1000 .0
0 22769 30703 13724 123
0 63179 102122 21150
South and East,
71,029 154,7251115,6262,923) 1,1901
CANAL COMMISSIONERS' REPORT.
Statement of property conveyed on Pennsylvania canal and railway, continued.
A GENERAL STATEMENT Showing the amount of tolls received, number of beats cleared, and quantity of tonnage cleared, at the several
collector's offices; and the number of miles travelled by passengers on the Pennsylvania canal and railway, during the year ending on the thirty-first of October, 1833.
DEPOSITS-BANK OF THE UNITED STATES.crease it because it may hereafter have occasion for the
funds, and because it is believed that if the terms can (Continued from page 400.)
be made acceptable, the purchase of the whole by the The next evidence adduced of the Bank's opposition Bank, would be the best operation for the Governto him, is its claims for damages. Of this he gives the ment;”—and again in the same letterfollowing account:
“ In regard to the rate, you are the most competent “ The Bank became the purchaser of a bill drawn judge of its fitness, and I will merely add, that the by our Government on that of France for about 900,- Bank not wanting funds in Paris, and believing that 000 dollars, being the first instalment of the French in they will be lower hereafter, would not make a similar demnity. The purchase money was left in the use of purchase from any other quarter, and is influenced ex. the Bank, being simply added to the Treasury deposits. clusively by the belief that any other arrangement The Bank sold the Bill in England, and the holder sent would be less advantageous to the Treasury" it to France for collection, and arrangements not ha So in his letter of the 11th of February, 1833, "The ving been made by the French government for its pay- purchase of the bill is not in the least desirable to the ment. it was taken up by the agents of the Bank in Pa- Bank, nor would the rate now allowed be given to any ris, with the funds of the Bank in their hands. Under other drawer than the Government, for we shall send these circumstances it has, through its organs, openly by the same conveyance which carries your bill, a large assa led the credit of the Government, and has actually amount of bills purchased at 5.45, being nearly if per made and persists in a demand of fifteen per cent. or cent.less than the price actually given to the Treasury. $158,842 77 as damages, when no damage, or none The Bank then did not wish to purchase the bill. beyond some trifling expense has in fact been sustain- But the Bank offered its agency to collect it on the fol. ed, and when the Bank had in its own possession on lowing terms, on the 5th November, 1832. deposit, several millions of the public money which it “Should you prefer not fixing a rate at present, but was then using for its own profit. Is a fiscal agent to to take the chances of a higher rate hereafter, the Bank the Government, which thus seeks to enrich itself at on receiving your bill, would place the amount of it to the expense of the public, worthy of further trust?” the credit of the Government on the 2d of March, at the
First. It is not correct to state that the Bank was the current rate of exchange of the best bills on that day in "fiscal agent" of the Government in this matter. On Philadelphia. the contrary, the fiscal agency of the Bank was offered Here then was a distinct proposal to collect the bill without any charge to the Government, and declined. just as the Bank collects bills for individuals, so that if The Bank did not wish to purchase the Bill at all, but the bill had, in Nov. 1832, been sent to the Bank, it proposed to collect it, paying the money only after it would have been forwarded to Europe; and if on the had been received by the agents of the Bank in France. 2d of Feb. 1833, when it was payable in Paris, it had Thus when the Secretary of the Treasury wrote to the not been paid, the Bank would have been apprised of Bank about this bilt, the President of the Bank in his that fact and would not have made the payment on the 2d answer dated November 5, 1832, said
of March, and the whole transaction would have been “ The Bank has already in Paris a larger sum thin it closed. This course, however, the Government did not has any immediate use for yet it is not indisposed to in. I adopt - but after considering the offers for the bill made