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Proceedings of the Senate, 1876
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material, and for faithful and skillful mechanical labor."
Smoot says in his testimony, that the Company is indebted
on bills payable, in a sum exceeding $75,000, whilst there
are numerous other claimants not so secured. In addition,
bonds of the Company to the amount of $2,200.000, have been
issued, and a large amount have been floated. All work
ceased upon the road after the last payment to the Company
by the State of Maryland, and has not been resumed. The
Company is now in the hands of Receivers, appointed by the
Circuit Court of Prince George's county.

The undersigned would further state, that Smoot testified
that he had paid to secure this subscription and the money
realized from it, but declined to state the amounts so paid or
to whom paid. He also stated, that these payments had
not been made to any State or county official As the Com-
mittee did not insist upon his answering these questions, but
adjourned, and failed to procure the presence of Messrs.
Davis and Woolford, who made the payments, and Messrs.
Sloan, Baldwin, and the member of the firm of Alexander
Brown & Sons who received the money, the undersigned can
only say, that in their opinion, the Committee has failed to
carry out the instructions of your Honorable Bodies, as set
forth in the third clause of said resolutions. The undersigned
would recommend the subject to the attention of the next
General Assembly of the State.

The undersigned would respectfully add, that in relation to
the first cause of the resolutions, under which the Committee
acted, they report: That the subscription of the Treasurer of
this State to the capital stock of the Southern Maryland Rail-
road Company, was induced to be made by the false and
fraudulent representations contained in an affidavit of Samuel
S. Smoot, dated October 19th, 1872.

Second. That of the sum of $163,000, one-half thereof was
induced to be paid by the Treasurer of the State, by the false
and fraudulent statements of Samuel S. Smoot, Hamilton G.
Fant and Charles H. Winder, contained in a certain affida-
vit made by them, February 6, 1873. That the additional
sum of $81,500 was paid to the assignees of said Company by
the Treasurer of the State, on the warrant of the Comptrol-
ler, without any evidence whatever, and that the whole of
said sum of $163,000 was paid to the assignees of said Com-
pany, on the warrants of the Comptroller, without the proof
required by the Acts of 1868, chapter 454 and 150.

Third. That by the adjournment of the Committee; as here-
inbefore set forth, they have been unable to ascertain the dis-
position made by the Company, or its officers, of the said sum
of $163,000.


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