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National Revenue Prom Miscellaneous Receipts

NATIONAL REVENUE PROM MISCELLANEOUS RECEIPTS.

1. The amount received from miscellaneous sources.

2. Fraudulent rate of government property.

3. Disposition of money collected.

1. Besides revenues from imports, internal and in come taxes, the National Government derives varying sums from miscellaneous sources. The Government has been a great builder within the last twenty-five years in the principal cities of the country, and not infrequently has sold buildings from which considerable sums have been derived. The following table contains some of the items of income derived by the National Government from different sources during 1896: 2. From the sales of Government property have flowed many abuses ; happily some of them have been corrected within a recent period. The Navy Department formerly sold large quantities of Government supplies that drew forth loud criticism. The mode of selling, by public auction, seemed to be fair, but the advertisements were meagre, enormous amounts were sold, few bidders were present, the sums received were small, and not long afterward the same things were resold to the Government as new supplies. This circular movement in the pur

chasing and selling of supplies received an elaborate air ing during an investigation made by a committee of the Lower House of 1876.' It was shown that in thus sell ing and buying supplies the letter of the law had been followed; but it was evident that many things that were not needed had been purchased for the purpose of selling them. The law has been changed ; now all sales must be by public auction, duly advertised. Of course, there is nothing to prevent bidders from combining. Of late years less criticism has been heard concernng these sales ; and it is presumed that the evil has been lessened.

3. The sums collected by the sales officer must be put into the Treasury Department. This, indeed, has been the method of dealing with all income for many years past. The Government accounts have been happily free from mixing up receipts with expenditures.

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