Geographical and Geological Surveys

Geographical and Geological Surveys

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ... been almost exclusively carried on in the same region in which Messrs. Powell and Gardner have been employed, and it is evident that this has not been done without design. It has been, and probably still is, the wish of the Engineer Bureau to put a stop to all topographical work done in the region west of the one hundredth meridian, except such as may be under their own direction. It has been for the purpose of forcing this issue, that the region in question has been divided off as mentioned, and that particular region selected for exploration which others were already engaged in mapping. Indeed, the matter has already been up before a committee of Congress, and a very unpleasant altercation had between the officers and employees of the War Department on one side and of the Interior on the other. Those who wish to investigate the subject can find material for doing so in the documents to which reference is made in the foot-note. In point of fact, no good has been accomplished by the Congressional investigation; the work is still going on exactly as before. Instead of a careful and systematic consolidation of all the United States geographical and geological work in the Par West, under one supervision, in one department, there is just that method employed which leads to bad results and great waste of money. Congress is at this moment paying to have the same work done, on the same ground, by two, if not three, different parties, and in two different departments. At the investigation referred to above, the influence of the most eminent scientific men throughout the country was exerted in favor of the continuance of the geographical surveys begun by Mr. Gardner under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior. This was done because, as was...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236566645
  • 9781236566645