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LIBRARY UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
JUL 30 1936
ANNAPOLIS, MD., January 3, 1900.
Gentlemen of the Senate and Houss of Delegates:
The Constitution of Maryland requires the Governor to inform the General Assembly of the condition of the State and recommend such measures as he may judge necessary and expedient for the public welfare.
It has always been my desire, and it is better for the State, for the people to have an accurate knowledge of the Departments and Institutions which derive their support from the public funds.
In the management of all State Institutions and Bureaus I have insisted upon the application of business principles, and it gives me pleasure to say that their condition was never more satisfactory. The details of their workings will shortly be submitted to you by their respective heads. I ask your careful consideration of these reports, as I shall but briefly sketch the operations of the branches of government.
The financial condition of the State, which is a matter of first importance, may be summarized as follows: September 30, 1895, the net debt was.
$3,005, 253 13 September 30, 1899, the net debt was
2,597,042 95 Showing a decrease in four years of ......
408,210 18 Although in the meantime there were issued for the
building of the new Penitentiary and the Second
Hospital for the InsaneBonds amounting to......