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that the adjacent upland is assessed at about $833.00 an acre, and the price of the land granted is put at $250.00, while no estimate puts the amount of expenditure in order to redeem an acre and make it as valuable as an acre of the adjacent upland at less than a thousand dollars. So that the sum of $250.00 is certainly a reasonable valuation from the standpoint of the public, though it is requiring from the Astoria Gas Company a higher payment than from other companies, under similar circumstances. Furthermore, it appears that it is greatly to the interest of the community to have the land improved and that the land will be improved by the Astoria Company; whereas there is not the slightest evidence to show that the City has ever so much as considered the possibility of taking hold and improving it. It appears furthermore that only the City or the Astoria Gas Company could take the land, and that the City could take it only by paying its full value to the Astoria Gas Company.

It further appears from the letter of the Attorney-General that the Corporation Counsel has had ample time in which to proceed had he been merely anxious to protect the interests of the City of New York, and that he has taken a wholly different stand in relation to the Astoria Gas Company, which was opposed by a rival corporation of great wealth and political power, from the stand he took in reference to other similar grants. The Attorney General's office has shown its willingness to aid the Corporation Counsel in bringing the matter before the courts for their prompt consideration and determination, but the inactivity of the Corporation Counsel's office has been such that the test has never been made.

Such being the case, it appears that the action of the Land Board is eminently proper; that no possible damage to the City of New York can come from it, and on the contrary great benefit must ensue to the city because of it; and that for the Land Board to have failed in doing as it has done, would have been wholly unwarranted from the standpoint of the State, and would have been of benefit to no one except a wealthy rival corporation.

I shall therefore sign the grant.

Very truly yours,

THEODORE ROOSEVELT

PROCLAMATION ORDERING SPECIAL ELECTION FOR ASSEMBLYMAN IN THE THIRTYFIRST DISTRICT OF NEW YORK COUNTY

State Of New York

Executive Chamber.

Whereas due notice has been given of the death of Edwin C. Stone who was duly elected to the office of Member of Assembly for the Thirty-first Assembly District of the county of New York on the seventh day of November in the year i899; .and

Whereas his death occurred before the commencement of his official term and said office is now vacant; and

Whereas it is provided by the laws of this State that in such case a special election shall be had;

Now Therefore, I, Theodore Roosevelt, Governor of the State of New York, in pursuance of the requirement of section IVof chapter 680 of the laws of i892 known as The Election Law do hereby order and proclaim that an election for Member of Assembly in the place of the said Edwin C. Stone be held in the Thirty-first Assembly District of the county of New York on Tuesday the twenty-third day of January i900, such election to be conducted in the mode prescribed by law for the election of members of Assembly. Given under my hand and the Privy Seal of the

State at the Capitol in the city of Albany [l S] this twenty-ninth day of December in the year

of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and

ninety-nine.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT

By the Governor:

William J. Youngs

Secretary to the Governor

STATEMENT OF PARDONS

COMMUTATIONS OF SENTENCE, AND RESPITE

GRANTED BY

THEODORE ROOSEVELT,Governor, DURING THE YEAR 1899.

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