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sidered doubtful whether a majority of the whole people would consent to the passage of a law which should authorize a debt for the reconstruction of the Central and Southern Railroads, or either of them. There would then appear to be but one remedy, to wit: a speedy sale of our public works to a company, who would have the ability as it would be for their interest, immediately to renew a great portion of the superstructure and lay the T or H rail. By a judicious sale of our roads, providing for their early extension and securing our citi. zens against an extortionate monopoly, our citizens residing in their vicinity, or doing business upon them, would be greatly benefitted in the increased value of their property, and more than three millions of dollars of the public debt would be extinguished, leaving a small sum unpaid in comparison with the resources and enterprise of the people of Michigan. The Board would therefore respectfully recommend the sale of our public works to the favorable consideration of the legislature.

The amount paid for killing and maiming animalsupon the Railroads is becoming enormously large. If animals are allowed to run upon our road tracks, very many must inevitably be killed ; and when killed, and where no want of care on the part of the engineer can be proven, should not the loss fall entirely upon the owner of the property destroyed? If the owner is not debarred from collecting any portion of the loss, should he not, at least, share in the risk, say to the amount of one half the damage? These suggestions are thrown out in the belief that some change in the present mode of settling damages is imperiously required.

In our last annual communication, the board expressed their conviction, that the gross receipts of the Central road in the year now closed, would not fall short of two hundred and seventy-five thousand dollars. This large increase was based upon the presumption that the exports of the state, particularly grain and flour, prior to another harvest, would be equal to the export of the corresponding months of the previous year. Such, however, has not been the case, as fully appears, from the monthly statement which follows, to wit:

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$47,219 26

$11,513 56 The deficiency upon these two items alone, amounts to $35,695 70, in the first nine months of the last fiscal year. In consequence of our light harvest, a wise and general check was also given to mercantile operations, and the revenue under this head, which had heretofore kept pace with the increase of our population, and had therefore been annually increasing in amount, had fallen off $743 94, in the nine months above mentiened.

While the board regret the diminution of revenue from our public works, yet, under the state of facts as demonstrated in the foregoing table, we see not only a satisfactory explanation, but cause for congratulation, that our business men have so universally limited their business to the ability of the country to pay.

The following sums have been received for the transportation of the following articles, and the sale of old iron, to wit: Sundries.

Total receipts. Flour, 124,540

124,540 bbls. $47,186 80 Whiskey, 1,102 3681 1,4701

770 50 Pork,

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82 47 Salt, 3 4,455

4,458

2,942 94 Beer, 98 2762

3741

159 99 Cider, 1 6011

602

396 48 Fish,

435
435

282 16 Wheat, 91,480

91,480

11,874 10 Agl., 893,586 2,326.568 3,210,154

6,822 00 Mdze., 1,184.041 8,752.554 9,936,595

32,011 37

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Passengers, 24,105 27,0303 51,135
U. S. mail,
Sale of old iron,
Rec'd of J. H. Cleveland, Sup't S. R. R.,
Balance from last report,

$106,577 84 89,128 03 6,782 87

257 83 8,391 78 2,936 74

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Disbursements of receipts as follows : Detroit Station,

$4,047 98 Dearborn

1,064 63 Wayne

1,114 22 Ypsilanti

1,478 38 Ann Arbor,

1,784 46 Dexter

1,054 46 Davison's

964 07 Grass Lake"

975 79 Jackson

1,369 45 Gidley's

956 10 Albion

1,043 86 Marshall,

2,420 70 Battle Creek "

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$18,369 54

Brought forwerd, Reps. machinery and cars, Freight and passenger train, Repairs of road, Pay of engineers, Oil account. Wood acc't.

State Treasurer,
Iron acc't C. R, R.
New locomotive, S. R. R.
Detroit Warehouse,
Building new cars,
New locomotive, C. R. R.
Construction,
Cash on hand,

$18,369 54 23,611 84

8,191 93 33,097 86 6,548 01 3,738 83 10,560 08

85,748 55 9,759 32 53,401 71 6,381 62

316 90 26,217 87 10,997 37 1,807 46 1,074 75

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Statement showing the whole total of the Receipts upon the Central Rail Road, for the year euding November 30th, 1845. Freight out. Tutal Freight. Passengers oui. In.

To'l passengers.

U. S. Mail. Ulu lion. Whole Lotal
1844-Dec.,
1,880 83

received.
2,588 83 4,469 66 1,728 12 1,725 96 3,454 08! 697 69

8,621 43
1845-Jan'y,
950 04 1,507 27 2,457 31 1,637 41 1,766 83 3,404 24

551 28

6,412 83 855 02 1,628 82

2,483 84 1,604 74 1,736 49 3,341 23 1,455 991 27 41! March,

7,308 47 944 70 1,982 101 2,926 80 1,829 39 2,121 20 3,950 59

100 42 6,977 81 April, 1,965 77 2,976 16 4,941 93 2,940 81 3,135 95 6,076 761 588 46

11,607 15
May,
4,289 68 2,446 32 6,736 00 5,286 21 3,602 34 8,888 55

15,624 55
3,443 45 764 16 4,207 61 5,445 79 4,666 55 10,112 34 1,061 76

15,381 71
July,
4,512 53 972 21 5,484 74 4,004 77 4,276 17! 8,280 94

890 11

14,655 79
2,117 21 2,785 691 4,902 90 4,167 301 4,134 831 8,302 13 876 90

14,081 93
Sept'r, 4,658 02 8,019 40| 12,677 42 7,230 25 5,731 04 12,961 29

25,638 71
7,520 35 23,233 65 30,754 00 7,340 74 5,683 70 13,024 44 660 681

44,439 12
5,871 13 18,664 50 24,535 63 4,152 991 3,178 45 7,331 44

130 00] 31,997 07

June,

August,

Oct.,
Nov.,

6,782 87 257 83 202,746 57

| 39,008 73 67,569 11 106,577 84 47,368 52 41,759 51 89,128 03| $3,690 57 received in specie funds; $68,224 00 in par funds; $130,832 00 in scrip.

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