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1S66.

2. Statement of the Auditor as to the Amount of Taxes due the State
from the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and showing the Taxes as-
sessed on said property in each of the Several Counties through
which it Passes. Dated February 4, 1SG7.

3. Statement from the Auditor Exhibiting the amount of Taxes Assessed
in the Several Counties of the State for the year 18G6, with rate of
Commissions Allowed Sheriffs for Collecting the Same. Dated Jan-
uary 31, 1S8S.

4. Report of the Legislative Committee on Finance upon the Equaliza-

tion of Taxes, 1883.

5. The First or Preliminary Report of the First West Virginia Tax
Commission, Submitted to Governor Jacob B. Jackson, June 10, 1884.

6. Appendix to the Preliminary Report of the West Virginia Tax Com-
mission, 1884.

7. Minority Report of the West Virginia Tax Commission made by
Joseph Bell to Governor Jackson, October 27, 1884.

8. Second Report of the West Virginia Tax Commission to Governor
Jackson, November 22, 1884.

9. Third Report of the West Virginia Tax Commission, submitted to
Governor Jackson, 1884.

10. Fourth Report of the West Virginia Tax Commission, submitted to
Governor Jackson, December 13, 1884.

11. Final Report of the West Virginia Tax Commission, submitted to
Governor Jackson, December 24, 1884.



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12. Testimony taken before the Board of Public Works in Relation to
the Valuation of Lands and Town Lots, with Orders of the Board as
to Equalizing such Values. 1882. Laws of the State of West Virginia
relating to the Assessment of Taxes, Licenses, Collection of Taxes
and Sales of Delinquent and Forfeited Lands, 1883.

13. Laws of the State of West Virginia Relating to Assessments, Taxes,
License, Collection of Taxes, Sale of Delinquent and Forfeited Lands,
18S7.

14. Laws of the State of West Virginia Relating to Assessments of
Taxes, License, Collection of Taxes, and Sale of Delinquent and For-
feited Lands, 1S87.

15. Laws of the State of West Virginia Relating to Assessments and the
Collection of Taxes, now in Force, 1891.

1G. Assessment Laws of the State of West Virginia, Relating to the Col-
lection of Taxes, and the Sale of Delinquent and Forfeited Lands now
in Force, 1S96.

17. Laws of the State of West Virginia Relating to Assessments, License,
Collection of Taxes and Sale of Delinquent and Forfeited Lands, 1899.

18. Report of Proceedings and Testimony taken before the Board of
Equalization in Relation to the Valuation of Lands in the State of
West Virginia as made and returned in the year 1900.

19. Laws of the State of West Virginia Relating to Assessments and the
Collection of Taxes, 1901.

20. The Preliminary Report on Taxation and Municipal Charters, 1901.

21. The Final Report of the West Virginia Commission on Taxation and
Municipal Corporations with Bills prepared by Said Commission, Dated
October 20, 1902.

22. First Biennial Report of the State Tax Commissioner of West Vir-
ginia, for the Fiscal years 1905 and 190G.

REPORTS OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE— SUPERINTENDENT OF
PUBLIC PRINTING— COMPILATIONS OF COR-
PORATION STATUTES.

1. Report of the Joint Committee on Public Printing, February, I860.

2. Report of the Committee on the Accounts of the State Printer, 1872.

3. Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Printing for the Fis-
cal years 1885 and 1886.

4. Report of the Joint Legislative Committee to Investigate the Public
Printing, Binding and Stationery, done for, and supplied to the State.
Session of 1897.

5. Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Printing, Binding
and Stationery, for the Fiscal years 1897 and 1898.

6. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State and ex officio Superintend-
ent of Public Printing for the years 1901 and 1902, with Abstracts of
Corporations.

7. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State for the Fiscal years 1903
and 1904. Contains List of Charters issued for this Biennial Pe-
riod.



40 Archives and History. [W. Va.

8. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State on Corporations, with List
of Charters Issued in the years 1905 and 190G.

9. Statutes of West Virginia Authorizing the Formation of Corpora-
tions and Joint Stock Companies, for Manufacturing, Mining, Insur-
ance, Banking, Railroads, Express Companies, etc., June, 1882.

10. Compilation of Statutes of West Virginia relating to the Formation
of Corporations and Joint Stock Companies, June, 1883.

11. Compilation of the Statutes of West Virginia relating to the Forma-
tion of Corporations and Joint Stock Companies, in force November 1,
1887.

12. Compilation of the Statutes of West Virginia relating to the Forma-
tion of Corporations and Joint Stock Companies, in force July, 1889.

13. Compilation of the Corporation Laws of West Virginia relating to
the Formation and Regulation of all Classes of Corporations and
Joint Stock Companies. In force in June, 1891. .

14. Compilation of the Corporation Laws of West Virginia embracing the
full Text of the Statutes relating to all Classes of Corporations and
Joint Stock Companies. In force January, 1S94.

15. Compilation of the Corporation Laws of West Virginia relating to
Corporations and Joint Stock Companies. In force October, 1900.

1G. Pocket Manual and Official Directory of West Virginia for the year,

190G.
17. A Manual of the State of West Virginia for the years 1906 and 1907.

GEOLOGY— REPORTS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS OF THE STATE
GEOLOGICAL AND ECONOMIC SURVEY OF THE STATE —
THE STATE GEOLOGIST.

1. A Geological Examination of Monongalia County, West Virginia, by
John J. Stevenson, Ph. D., Professor of Chemistry and Natural His-
tory in the West Virginia University; — together with Lists of Fos-
sils and Description of New Species, by F. B. Meek of the Smith-
sonian Institution. Printed as a Public Document in 1871.

2. The Topography of West Virginia; Its Natural Resources, Minerals,
and Origin and Distribution of its Soils. Samuel B. Brown, 1889.
Public Document.

3. Map showing Occurrence of Coal, Oil and Gas in West Virginia. By
I. C. White, State Geologist. Dated January 1, 1904.

4. West Virginia Geological Survey: — Administrative Report; Levels
Above Tide; Petroleum and Natural Gas. Vol. I, by I. C. White, State
Geologist. Dated March 20, 1899.

5. West Virginia Geological Survey: — Levels above Tide; True Merid-
ians: Report on Coal. Vol. II. By I. C. White, State Geologist.
Dated June 15, 1903.

G. West Virginia Geological Survey: — Petroleum and Natural Gas; Pre-
cise Levels. Vol. 1(a). By I. C. White, State Geologist. Dated
July 1, 1904.

7. West Virginia Geological Survey: — Clays, Limestones and Cements
Vol. III. By G. P. Grimsley, Assistant State Geologist. Dated April
1. 190C.



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West Virginia Geological Survey: — Supplementary Coal Report. Vol.
11(a). By I. C. White, State Geologist.

(CIEXXIAL REPORTS.)

First Biennial Report of the Geological and Economic Survey for the

Fiscal years 1897 and 1S98.
Second Biennial Report of the Geological and Economic Survey for the

Fiscal years 1899 and 1900.
Third Biennial Report of the Geological and Economic Survey for the

Fiscal years 1901 and 1902.
Fourth Biennial Report of the Geological and Economic Survey for the

Fiscal years 1903 and 1904.
Fifth Biennial Report of the Geological and Economic Survey for the

Fiscal years 1905 and 1906.

The State Geological and Economic Survey was created by an
Act of the Legislature passed February 26, 1897. It is composed
of the Governor, State Treasurer, President of the University.
President of the State Board of Agriculture, and the Director of
the Agricultural Experiment Station, all of whom serve without
compensation, receiving only actual expenses. Among its duties are
those of making an examination of the geological formations of
the State, with reference to building stone, clay, ores, and other
mineral substance, the classification of soils, forests, and an exam-
ination into the physical features of the State with reference to
their practical bearing upon the occupations of the p'eople. The
law requires this work to be in charge of a geologist of established
reputation, and such assistants as may be deemed necessary. Dr.
I. C. "White of Morgantown is the State Geologist in charge, with
Prof. G. P. Grimsley as Assistant.

REPORTS OF THE STATE FISH COMMISSIONERS*— THE GAME AND
FISH WARDEN— BIENNIAL REPORTS.

First Biennial Report of the State Fish Commissioners for the Fiscal years

1877 and 1878.
Second Biennial Report of the State Fish Commissioners for the Fiscal

years 1S79 and 1880.
Third Biennial Report of -the State Fish Commissioners for the Fiscal

years 1S81 and 1882.



*Tlie Board of Fish Commissioners was created by an Act of the Legislature
passed February 20. 1877. There were three members — John W. Harris, H. B.
Miller and C. S. White — and their first meeting was held at P.erkeley Springs
July 17, 1877. when an organization was effected. From, here they proceeded to
Donegal Springs, Pennsylvania, and Druid Hill Park. Maryland, to examine the
fish hatcheries at these places. Returning, they entered iipon the discharge of
their duties, which thev continued to pursue until 1807. when by an Act of the
Legislature — passed February 20th of that year — this Board was succeeded by an
official called the Game and Fish Warden who, with increased duties, continues to
fill the office.



42 Archives and History. [W. Va.

Fourth Biennial Report of the State Fish Commissioners for the Fiscal

years 1883 and 1884.
Fifth Biennial Report of the State Fish Commissioners for the Fiscal

years 1885 and 1886.
Sixth Biennial Report of the State Fish Commissioners for the Fiscal

years 1887 and 1888.
Seventh Biennial Report of the State Fish Commissioners for the Fiscal

years 1889 and 1890.
Eighth Biennial Report of the State Fish Commissioners for the Fiscal

years 1891 and 1892.
Ninth Biennial Report of the State Fish Commissioners for the Fiscal

years 1893 and 1894.
Tenth Biennial Report of the State Fish Commissioners for the Fiscal

years 1895 and 1S9G.
First Biennial Report of the Game and Fish Warden for the Fiscal

years 1897 and 1898.
Second Biennal Report of the Game and Fish Warden for the Fiscal

years 1899 and 1900.
Third Biennial Report of the Game and Fish Warden for the Fiscal

years 1901 and 1902.
Fourth Biennial Report of the Game and Fish Warden for the Fiscal

years 1903 and 1904.
Fifth Biennial Report of the Game and Fish Warden for the Fiscal

years 1905 and 190G.

THE STATE BUREAU OF LABOR.*

(biennial reports.)
First Biennial Report of the Commissioner of Labor for the Fiscal years

1889 and 1890.
Second Biennial Report of the Commissioner of Labor for the Fiscal years

1S91 and 1892.
Third Biennial Report of the Commissioner of Labor for the Fiscal years

1893 and 1894.
Fourth Biennial Report of the Commissioner of Labor for the Fiscal years

1895 and 1896*
Fifth Biennial Report of the Commissioner of Labor for the Fiscal years

1897 and 1898
Sixth Biennial Report of the Commissioner of Labor for the Fiscal years

1899 and 1900.
Seventh Biennial Report of the Commissioner of Labor for the Fiscal years

1901 and 1902.
Eighth Biennial Report of the Commissioner of Labor for the Fiscal years

1903 and 1904.
Ninth Biennial Report of the Commissioner of Labor for the Fiscal years

1905 and 1906.



*The State Bureau of Labor was created by an Act of tbe Legislature passed
February '21. 1889, its object being to collect and compile statistics relating to, and
to provide for the inspection of Industrial Establishments in West Virginia. It
is under the control and management of a commissioner known as the "State Com-
missioner of Labor" who is appointed by the Governor for a term of four years.



1908] Boundaries — Department of Mines. 43

STATE AND COUNTY BOUNDARIES.

1. Boundary line between West Virginia and Maryland: — Report ot
John De La Camp, late Surveyor in Charge of the Maryland and Vir-
ginia Boundary Survey. Dated February 1, 1868.

2. Message of Governor Boreman Concerning Boundary Line between
West Virginia and Maryland. Dated February IS, 18G7.

3. Report of the Commissioners Relating to the Boundary Lines of the
Counties of Cabell, Mason, Wayne, Lincoln, Kanawha, Boone and Lo-
gan. Dated February 2, 1868.

4. Report of Judge George W. Thompson on the Jurisdiction of West
Virginia over the Ohio River, 1848. Printed in Senate Journal Session
of 1881.

■ 5. Report of the Joint Boundary Commission on the West Virginia-
Pennsylvania Boundary. Dated December 14, 1882.

6. Boundary between Pennsylvania and West Virginia: — Correspondence
between Governor Jacob B. Jackson and the Pennsylvania Authori-
ties regarding the Same. Submitted to the Adjourned Session of the
Legislature in 1882.

7. Report of the Joint Commission on the Survey of the West Virginia
and Pennsylvania Boundary, in 1883. The Commissioners were J.
C. Gist, John C. Chipley and F. L. Hoge, on the part of West Vir-
ginia; James Worrall, James McCulloch and W. W. Walker for Penn-
sylvania.

8. The Meridian Boundary of West Virginia and Pennsylvania: — De-
scription of Old Monuments, and the Position of New Stones, 1883.
By C. H. Sinclair, of the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.

9. Report of C. H. Von Orden, U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, and As-
sistant, to C. H. Sinclair, Surveyor of the Meridian Line between
Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and of that part of the Pennsylvania
Line which borders on West Virginia. Dated February 9, 1884.

10. Report of the Joint Commission on the Boundary Line between Penn-
sylvania and West Virginia, 1884.

11. Report on the Survey of the Parallel Boundary between Pennsyl-
vania and West Virginia, 1885. Dated January 15, 1886.

12. Final Report of the Joint Boundary Commission on the Parallel
Boundaries between West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Made Octo-
ber 16, 1886.

13. Report of the Engineer on behalf of the State as to the Surveys of
Marion, Monongalia and Wetzel Counties. Made in 1904.

14. Report (in Manuscript) on the Boundary Line between West Vir-
ginia and Kentucky, and on the Concurrent Jurisdiction of the two
States over the Big Sandy River, 1905.

REPORTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MINES.
(annual reports.)*
First. Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1883. Dated June
30, 1884.



*The Reports of the "Department of Mines'' are required to bo made and pr'nted
annually, in order that the latest information and Statistics may be distributed



44 Archives and History. [W. Va.

Second Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1884. Dated De-
cember 31, 1884.

Third Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1885. Dated May
15, 1886.

Fourth Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1886.

Fifth Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1887 and 1888.

Sixth Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1889.

Seventh Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1890.

Eighth Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1891.

Ninth Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1892.

Tenth Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1893.

Eleventh Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1894.

Twelfth Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1895.

Thirteenth Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1895.

Fourteenth Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1896.

Fifteenth Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1897.

Sixteenth Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1898.

Seventeenth Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1899.

Eighteenth Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1900.

Nineteenth Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1901.

Twentieth Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1902.

Twenty-first Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1903.

Twenty-second Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1904.

Twenty-third Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1905.

Twenty-fourth Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1900.

Twenty-fifth Annual Report of the State Mine Inspector for 1907.

The first Legislation requiring mine inspection in West Virginia
was that of the passage of an Act February 22, 1883, which pro-
vided for the appointment of an Inspector of Mines for the State —
the term of office being two years. In compliance therewith, the
Governor appointed Oscar A. Veazey to that position. He served
two years and was then succeeded by H. J. Tucker, who served until
1887, when by the passage of an Act February 25, that year, the
State was divided into two Inspection Districts, w r ith an Inspector
in each. Henry Cunningham was appointed in the First District
and M. F. Spruce in the Second. By an Act of February 23,
1893, the State was divided into three Inspection Districts, and
David M. Harr was appointed Inspector in the First District; M.
F. Spruce in the Second and H. A. Robson in the third. In 1897
an important change was made in the mine inspection of the State.
By the provisions of an Act of February 17, that year, the office



among operators, miners, and citizens of the State at the earliest date after Com-
pilation. As will be seen the Reports have appeared under different headings but
in the Chronological order for fiscal or calendar years in which they appear above.
Because of a change from the calendar year to the fiscal year the Fifth Annual Re-
port was made to cover the whole of the year 1SS7 and the first six months of
1888. Prior to this the calendar year was in use in the Department; since that
time the fiscal year ending June 30th has been prescribed by law.



190S] Documents Relating to State Banking. 45



of Chief Mine Inspector was created and the State divided into
four Inspection Districts, each with a District Mine Inspector. An
Act passed February 14, 1901, the office of Chief Mine Inspector
was continued and the State divided into five Inspection Districts
with a District Mine Inspector in each. On the 24th of February
1905, an; Act was passed creating an Executive Department known
as the "Department of Mines," at the head of which was an official
known as Chief Mine Inspector, with seven District Inspectors —
one in each of the Seven Districts into which the State was divided.
February 22. 1907, this last Act was amended in several particulars.
The officer at the head of the "Department of Mines" is designated
Chief of the Department of Mines. He is required to divide the
State into twelve "Mining Districts," and appoint therein a Dis-
trict Mine Inspector for each.

REPORTS OF THE STATE BANK EXAMINER, AND THE COMMIS-
SIONER OF BANKING.*

First Annual Report of the State Bank Examiner for the year ending

September 30. 1891.
Second Annual Report of the State Bank Examiner for the year ending

September 30, 1892.
Third Annual Report of the State Bank Examiner for the year ending

September 30, 1893.
Fourth Annual Report of the State Bank Examiner for the year ending

September 30, 1894.
Fifth Annual Report of the State Bank Examiner for the year ending

September 30, 1895.
Sixth Annual Report of the State Bank Examiner for the year ending

September 30, 1896.
Seventh Annual Report of the State Bank Examiner for the year ending

September 30, 1897.
Eighth Annual Report of the State Bank Examiner for the year ending

September 30, 1898.
Ninth Annual Report of the State Bank Examiner for the year ending

September 30, 1899.
Tenth Annual Report of the State Bank Examiner for the year ending

September 30, 1S90.

Eleventh Annual Report of the State Bank Examiner for the year ending
September 30, 1901.

Twelfth Annual Report of the Commissioner of Banking for the year
ending September 30, 1902.



♦The Act of the Legislature which created the office of State Bank Examiner
was passed February 23, 1801, and continued in force until February 21, 1001.
when this law was so amended as to change the title of this official to that of the
Commissioner of Banking. Notwithstanding this, the Reports are numbered in tbe
consecutive order in which they have . appeared. These are made and printed an-
nually, and are therefore not designated as ''biennials."



46 Archives and History. [W. Va.

Thirteenth Annual Report of the Commissioner of Banking for the year

ending September 30, 1903.
Fourteenth Annual Report of Ihe Commissioner of Banking tot the

year ending September 30, 1904.
Fifteenth Annual Report of the Commissioner of Banking for the year

ending September 30, 1905.
Sixteenth Annual Report of the Commissioner of Banking for the year

ending September 30, 1906.
Seventeenth Annual Report of the Commissioner of Banking for the year

ending September 30, 1907.
Eighteenth Annual Report of the Commissioner of Banking for the year

ending September 30, 1908.

REPORTS OF THE STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE* AND OF THE
WEST VIRGINIA AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION.?

(biennial reports.)

First Biennial Report of the State Board of Agriculture for the
Fiscal years 1891 and 1892.

Second Biennial Report of the State Board of Agriculture for the
Fiscal years 1893 and 1894.

Third Biennial Report of the State Board of Agriculture for the Fiscal
years 1895 and 1896.

Fourth Biennial Report of the State Board of Agriculture for the Fis-
cal years 1897 and 1898. •

Fifth Biennial Report of the State Board of Agriculture for the Fis-
cal years 1899 and 1900.

Sixth Biennial Report of the State Board of Agriculture for the Fis-
cal years 1901 and 1902.

Seventh Biennial Report of the State Board of Agriculture for the
Fiscal years 1903 and 1904.



*The State Board of Agriculture was created by an Act of the legislature passed
March 13, 1801. It was composed of one Commissioner from each Congressional
District, whose terms began on the 1st day of April. 1891. The first meeting was
held in Charleston on the first Monday in May ensuing. The members were B. F.
Fisher of the First Congressional District ; C. R. Sperrow of the Second Congres-
sional District; John M. Rowan of the Third Congressional District; and Thomas
Clark Atkeson of the Fourth Congressional District. Mr. Atkeson was elected
President, and Harry M. Turner of Jefferson county, Secretary.



tBy reference to the list of the Reports of the Board of Regents of the West Vir-
ginia University, it will be seen that that institution owes its existance to the
creation of the West Virginia Agricultural College established in 18G7. by aid of
Congress, Act of July 2, 1802. Under the provisions of that Act many States es-
tablished similar institutions. What was known as "The Hatch Act" anproved
March 2, 1887. provided for the establishment of Agricultural Experiment Stations
in connection with these Agricultural Colleges. For this purpose, the sum of $15.-
000.00 was appropriated annually to each institution, and it was the intention of
Congress that this sum should be available July I, 1887, but, because of ambiguity
in the wording of the Act. the Treasury Department refused to allow the appro-
priation to be disbursed ; and it was not until there was additional legislation by
the Fiftieth Congress, that the money became available. This was for the Fiscal
year ending June 30, 1888. The Governor of West Virginia promptly accepted
the appropriation for this State, and the Board of Regents of the West Virginia
University at its meeting June 9-13. 1888, accepted the conditions under which the
appropriation was made. The first Report of the "Station Staff" dated January 20,
1880, contains interesting historical data relative to the establishment of the insti-
tution. This Department is in possession of a large number of the "Bulletins" is-
sued by the Station and efforts are being made to complete its collection of
these Documents.



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Eighth Biennial Report of the State Board of Agriculture for the
Fiscal years 1905 and 190G.

(quarterly reports.)

Soon after The Farm Review was discontinued, in October, 1905, the
State Board of Agriculture began to issue quarterly reports. These
have been as follows:

First Quarterly Report, Ending March 31, 1906; contains proceedings of
the Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the State Horticultural Society.

Second Quarterly Report, Ending June 30, 1906;. contains Report of the
Fifth Annual Meeting of the State Poultry Association.

Third Quarterly Report, Ending September 30, 1906; deals with Live
Stock Problems.

Fourth Quarterly Report, Ending December 31, 1906; treats of Dairy
Farming in the State.

Fifth Quarterly Report, Ending March 31, 1907; treats of Farmers' In-



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