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It is my intention to submit for your consideration at an early date a schome for the disposal of these properties. The valuable water power and the premises known 48 the "Old French Fort" attached thereto, situato at Coteau du Lac, formerly leased to Mr. G. I. Beaudet, are now unoccupied. I respectfully recommend that a lease of this property for a term of five or more years be offered to public competition in the course of the ensuing spring. The work of this office has greatly increased during the year.

692 letters were received during the fiscal year; for the same period 726 letters (in addition to & number of reports) were written. Upwards of 300 notices and statements of account were prepared and forwarded to tenants and purchasers in arrears. 7 leases were issued ; 64 fiats for Letters Patent prepared ;- 51 assignments registered, and 181 warrants issued for the Bank of Montreal at Ottawa to receive moneys.

There are at the present time about 1,100 accounts open in the books of this office with the respective purchasers and tenants of Ordnance Lands situated in the Provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

I regret to say that many of the tenants and purchasers of Ordnance Lands are heavily in arrears, and that it has been found necessary to place a large number of accounts in the bands of the law officers of the Crown for colleotion. In certain cases sales have, for good and sufficient reasons, been cancelled, and the several properties included in the said cancellations have been resumed under the provisions of the Act 23 Vic., cap. 2, sec. 20.

To the details of the work already given, may be added the consideration of conflicting claims, errors in surveys, preparation of numerous and varied reports, -&c., &c. The staff of this office consists of the clerk in charge and two assistants,

I have the honor to be, Sir,

Your obedient servant,

WILLIAM MILLS,
In charge of Ordnance and Admiralty Lands.

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STATEMENT of Sales made during the Fiscal Year ended 30th June, 1888.

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WILLIAM MILLS,

In charge of Ordnance and Admiralty Lands. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, ORDNANCE AND ADMIRALTY LANDS,

OTTAWA, 10th December, 1888.

B. STATEMENT showing the several Localities on account of which moneys bave been

received during the Fiscal Year ended 30th June, 1888.

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OTTAWA, 10th December, 1883.

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STATEMENT of Receipts on account of Ordnance and Admiralty Lands for the Fiscal

Year ended 30th June, 1888.

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WILLIAM MILLS,

In charge of Ordnance and Admiralty Lands. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, ORDNANCE AND ADMIRALTY LANDS,

OTTAWA, 10th December, 1888.

No, 7.

ACCOUNTANT'S REPORT.

A. M. BURGESS, Esq.,
Deputy Minister of the Interior,
Ottawa.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
ACCOUNTANT'A BRANCH,

OTTAWA, 26th December, 1888. SIR,—I have the honor to submit the following report referring to the accounts of this Department for the year ending 31st October, 1888.

Since my last report the accounts of the Geological Survey have been transferred to this office, so that the accounts which, at one time, were kept in different offices of the Department are now all concentrated in the Accountant's Branch. The now system of accounts introduced in July, 1883, has been applied to the Goological Survey, so that any statement or information required in relation to any of the several appropriations under the control of the Minister of the Interior can be furnished by this office on very short notice.

There bas been a considerable increase in the work during the year attributable to various causes. The system of registration of titles, under the provisions of the Territories Real Property Act, has caused a good deal itself; the registrars furnish statements each month, giving details of the various foos collected, which statements must be checked before being transmitted to the Auditor General. The vigorous prosecution of work in the Rocky Mountains Park, at Banff, NorthWest Territorios, during the year, has necessarily thrown a great deal of extra labor on this Branch. A system bas been prepared by which the Audit Office can thoroughly check the Revenue of the Dominion Lands and Crown Timber Agencies, and complete statemente in detail of all the receipts of agents are sent to the Auditor monthly. This change bas caused a great increase of work, not only at this office, but at the agencies.

The winding up of colonization companies has necessitated the issue of a large amount of scrip; during the year nearly 2,000 scrip notes have been issued in connection with these companies and in settlement of half-breed claims.

Since my last report scrip record books have been opened and all the scrip issued since August, 1865 (the date when scrip was first drawn in this office) has been entered. The record is most complete, comprising some 16,000 sorip notes, showing the date of issue, number, amount, date and manner of redemption, so that the history of any scrip note can be traced at once. A statement of all scrip issued and redeemed previous to the 5th August, 1885, is in course of preparation.

During the departmental year, 1885, 4,400 cheques were issued against 8,000 during the present year.

The cash revenue, this year, is $241,866.62, or an increase of $53,378.86 over last year. The scrip redeemed and warrants located, this year, represent an amount of $387,583.58, or an increase of $116,252.10 as compared with last year. The not increase in cash and scrip for the present year as compared with 1887 is $200,000 in round numbers.

The total receipts from Ordnance Lands, during the year ended 31st October, 1888, amounted to $51,024,36, or an increase of $23,891.08 as compared with last year.

The great increase in all the above mentioned items clearly shows that a very Jarge amount of work has been performed by a comparatively small staff, consisting of three permanent officers and four extra clerks.

Hereto annexed you will find a detailed statement of receipts on account of Dominion Lands, showing the monthly revenue from all sources for the twelve months ended 31st October, 1888.

I have the honor to be, Sir,
Your obedient servant,

J. A. PINARD,

Accountant.

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