This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...to the agents of this department, and since then a good, though temporaryj roof has been put on. The building also was cleaned of a huge amount tf dirt and rubbish which had been accumulating for a number of years, and was thus rendered habitable for some bureaus. The vast extent of the building, and the high prices of labor and materials, have swelled the expenditures for these temporary improvements to 830,348 37. The large amount of old lumber, iron work, and machinery which was on hand to no use, and fast deteriorating, was sold for the sum of $l, G32 53. It is also proposed to finish the Sight of rooms designated for the use of the United States court of Louisiana in such a temporary manner that they may be occupied by the court. I beg leave to especially direct your attention to the deplorable condition of three marine hospitals, viz., of that at Evansville, (Indiana, ) Louisville, (Kentucky, ) and San Francisco, (California.) The marine hospital at Evansville is well built aud in good condition, but is gradually having all its ground swept away by the Ohio river. The encroachments of the river are such, and Bo rapid, that protection ought to be afforded without delay, or else the building itself may be irretrievably lost. The marine hospital at Louisville is so badly drained, and had been so neglected, that it became necessary to board the patients in the city hospital, and to clo.-cup the building. As there were never more than seven or eight patients in this hospital, and as the marine hospitals at Evansville and Cincinnati are so near by, there seems to be very little necessity for a marine hospital at Louisville, and I would respectfully recommend that Congress be asked for authority to sell the property. The marine hospital.