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The chain.gang has been advantageously used in grading and graveling streets, cleaning gutters, and digging tree-holes. The average number worked is seventy-five, with six overseers and from twelve to twenty carts. These men are imprisoned for petty offenses, and much prefer working to being confined in the jail or work-house. They work as well as paid laborers, and very few bave escaped. The amount saved to the District, rating them at the same wages paid laborers, is $16,162.
I have received from your office 590 communications; of these, 508 bave been acted upon. A large number of them are from the board of health, and some of these are of a very trifling character.
In conclusion, I desire to thank you for the many courtesies extended me in our official relations. Very respectfully,
CHAS. W. CUNNINGHAM. Lieut. R. L. HOXIE, U. S. A.,
Engineer District of Columbia.
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REPAIRS OF STREETS AND SIDEWALKS.