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ces being situated at a distance from the department, it is not easy to ascertain, satisfactorily, at all times, the way in which they are managed, and it is chiefly by comparing those that are best known, and known to be well conducted, with the others, that an approximation of fairness can be made in allowances of this kind to assessors. To make these comparisons the Comptroller and Commissioner of Internal Revenue joined with me in appointing three experienced clerks, one from each of our respective offices, most fully acquainted with the returns and with the duties of assessors, who, with great care and deliberation, considered the whole subject, made an examination of the returns and reports of every district in the country, and recommended changes which, while proposing an increase in a few districts, would make an aggregate saving of forty thousand seven hundred and thirty-one dollars ($40,731) for the current year. This schedule has been adopted with but little alteration. With a disposition upon the part of assessors to second this effort, I believe no permanent injustice will come to any one, while a sum worth the undertaking will be saved to the treasury. It is probable that, upon further investigation, by personal examination of the several offices by competent persons, even a further reduction may be effected.

The power of the accounting officers of the Treasury to thus regulate the expenditure for clerk-hire was practically nullified by the custom of assessors in many districts, who detailed more or less of their assistant assessors to perform clerical work in the assessor's office, and whose bills for strictly clerical labor were approved and paid to them in their capacity as assistant assessors. How far this abuse has extended is not known, but in some districts there is evidence to show that a greater sum was expended for clerical services than the amount that had been granted as a regular allowance for clerk hire in the same districts. It is not supposed that this was done, in all cases, to defraud the government, but being manifestly in violation of the law, and a convenient cover for frauds, if any were intended, notice was issued from this office, with the approval of the Comptroller of the Treasury indorsed thereon, to all collectors and assessors to discontinue the practice, and payment was stopped on all bills of that character incurred after the notice had been served. This has also contributed materially to reduce the expense of assessor's offices since the 1st of July last.

The cost of advertising notices issued by assessors and collectors of internal revenue, not appearing to be regulated by any rule, but being subject to the varying ideas of different assessors and collectors, as to the proper amount to be expended, had, in many instances, become excessive. In conjunction with the First Comptroller, I have issued directions to those officers to confine their advertising to the notices required by law to be published, and to the number of papers expressed in the act. This order could not go into operation until the commencement of the current fiscal year, and the results will not be manifest until the accounts shall have been adjusted for this year; but I am confident that the diminution in many districts will be at least one-half of the former annual sum. The total cost of this kind of advertising for the last year was, it will be seen by the annexed schedule H, seventeen thousand five hundred and sixty-two dollars and eighteen cents, ($17,562 18.)

Our business is now so large that it is impossible for the Auditor to examine details, and he must often sign official papers and documents without thorough personal knowledge of their contents, and which are executed solely on trust, and in confidence in the capacity, discernment, and fidelity of some of his elerks. The office, at present, is not so organized as to meet the demands of the service, and I have to respectfully recommend, in lieu of the present force and division of clerks, the following schedule, which I am confident will secure a better administration of the duties devolving upon it: H.-Statement showing the erpenses of collecting the internal rerenue taxes, fc.-('ontinued.

One chief clerk.
Four heads of divisions.
Four clerks of class four.
Eight clerks of class three.
Eight clerks of class two.
Seven clerks of class one.
Seven female copyists.
One messenger.
One assistant messenger.
Two laborers.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,

HENRY D. BARRON, Auditor. Hon. GEORGE S. BOUTWELL,

Secretary of the Treasury.

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H.--Stalement showing the expenses of collecting the internal revenue taxes in the several collection districts, including the commissions, salarics, and extra

allowances of the collector; the office expenses which are paid out of the commissions and extra allowances, and the assessments and collections from July 1, 1867, to June 30, 1868.

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4, 230, 456 50
2,053, 637 27
1, 124, 963 03
1, 725, 861 75

630, 720 87
43G, 528 29
434, 087 17
340, 292 16
697, 692 83
378, 334 40
431, 367 88
432, 540 16
112, 468 98
335, 464 41
393, 056 33
207, 529 35
158, 929 07
245, 461 37
462, 963 27
532, 343 75

206, 651 52
1,985, 255 39

785, 211 28 257, 356 39

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4 2.5
7 31
77 86

1 10

7,882 00

116 86
5,388 82
6, 255 21
8,173 85
9, 866 65
7, 531 30
12, 190 52
10, 140 78
6, 507 98

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1 07
12 05

108 69

1, 766 68

208, 693 32

District.

Gross com. pensation.

Tax.

Net compen

sation.

Stationery and blank

books.

Postage.

NEW JERSEY.

First district
Second district
Third district
Fourth district
Fifth district.

$6,910 48
8, 007 91
9,933 37
8,551 69
20, 401, 64

$111 52
114 14
175 68
127 25
540 10

$6, 798 96
7, 893 77
9,757 69
8, 424 44
19, 861 54

$178 31

50 36
195 78
143 33
198 67

$163 98
117 82
691 60
200 18
409 00

Total.

53, 805 09 1,068 69

52, 730 40

766 45

1,642 58

PENNSYLVANIA.

42 11

First district
Second district
Third district
Fourth district.
Tifth district.
Sixth district
Seventh district
Eighth district.
Ninth district
Tenth district
Eleventh district.
Twelfth district.
Thirteenth district.
Fourteenth district.
Fifteenth district.
Sixteenth district
Seventeenth district
Eighteenth district.
Nineteenth district.
Twentieth district..
Twenty-first district.
Twenty-second district.
Twenty-third district.
Twenty-fourth district

13,995 37
11, 739 15
10, 656 20
11, 354 59
8, 653 60
7, 668 68
7, 645 84
6,902 92
10, 128 67
7, 283 34
7, 656 84
7,839 79
4, 044 69
6,854 64
7, 430 56
5, COO 05
5, 131 75
5, 960 68
7, 874 43
9,376 19
7, 209 85
11, 775 62
9,524 76
6, 240 92

275 89
2.35 10
202 82
197 47
184 10
192 55
226 24
191 22
330 28
194 70
125 85
176 86
101 04
183 06
184 73
140 72
37 19
31 25
95 75
92 93
120 81
208 63
227 21
68 43

13, 719 48
11, 484 05
10, 453 38
11, 157 12
8, 469 50
7, 476 13
7, 419 60
6, 711 70
9, 798 39
7,089 64
7, 530 99
7, 062 93
4,323 65
6, 671 58
7,245 83
5, 459 33
5, 094 56
5, 929 43
7, 778 68
9, 283 26
7,089 04
11, 566 99
9, 297 55
6,172 49

101 55
322 41

11 20
353 65
161 78
143 90
58 24
25 65
102 17

79 76
214 89
216 57
48 36
70 47
78 94
110 96
29 53
85 90
41 24
174 03
115 29

86 07
267 43
97 06

208 00
217 19
254 73
237 00

31 98
402 85

81 00
216 45
. 274 25

143 47
276 76
278 72
271 94
170 04
177 03
210 43
297 03
199 16
313 26
158 36
170 00

Total..

199, 120 13 4,044 83

195, 084 30

3,057 06

4, 631 76

DELAWARE.

Delaware...

10, 050 24

235 70

9,814 54

87 19

392 36

50

86 72

10, 617 01

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