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relating to expenditures subject to his audit shall be filed in his office. Subd. 12 repealed by L. 1909, ch. 240, $ 55.

Formerly L. 1908, ch. 231, § 16. Written from L. 1898, ch. 212,

15. $ 17. Contingent fund. There shall be allotted to the adjutant-general of the state a sum not to exceed twenty-five thousand dollars, to be known as the contingent fund of the national guard and naval militia, which shall be available for all contingent expenses of the military and naval establishment of the state not otherwise provided for and shall be expended upon proper voucher by the adjutant-general of the state who shall report annually upon the condition of the fund.

The governor shall designate depositories for the fund in the cities of Albany and New York and may require the adjutantgeneral of the state to give bond with sufficient surety conditioned upon the faithful discharge of his duty.

Formerly L. 1908, ch. 231, § 17. New. g 18. The adjutant-general of the state, his pay, assistants and employees. The adjutant-general of the state shall have four assistants, two of the grade of colonel, one of the grade of lieutenant-colonel and one of the grade of major, one military storekeeper of the grade of captain, necessary clerks and employees and as many laborers as may be required from time to time.

He may by a writing filed in his office designate any one of his assistants to act as adjutant-general of the state in the absence of the latter from the capital city of the state or in case of his inability to perform the duties of his office.

There will be allowed to the adjutant-general of the state for his salary five thousand five hundred dollars annually. There shall be allowed annually twelve thousand five hundred dollars or so much thereof as may be necessary for the salaries of the four assistants and one storekeeper allowed for the office of the *adutant-general of the state. Necessary traveling expenses and subsistence of the adjutant-general of the state and his assistants when traveling on duty and under orders as well as the office expenses including freight, stationery, postage, expressage, clerical services and labor will also be allowed.

The adjutant-general of the state may require his assistants and the military storekeeper to give bonds with sufficient surety

*So in original.

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in not exceeding fifteen thousand dollars each to the people of the state conditioned for the faithful discharge of their duties, such bonds to be approved by the governor and comptroller and filed in the latter's office.

The assistants and the military storekeeper shall be at the time of their appointment officers in active service in the military or naval service of the state; they shall be appointed and commissioned by the governor upon the recommendation of the adjutant-general of the state and shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges granted to officers of the national guard in this chapter. The clerks and employees shall be appointed and the laborers hired by the adjutant-general of the state.

Formerly L. 1908, ch. 231, § 18. Written from L. 1898, ch. 212, § 15, subd. 9, and section 161, as am'd by L. 1901, ch. 314, § 12. $ 19. Bureau of records of the war of the rebellion; completion and preservation of the records and relics; free inspection of the same and quarters in the capitol. 1. The adjutant-general of the state shall establish and maintain as part of his office, a bureau of records of the war of the rebellion, in which all records in his office relating to such war, and relics shall be kept. He shall be the custodian of all such records, relics, colors, standards and battle flags of New York volunteers now the property of the state or in its possession, or which the state may hereafter acquire or become possessed of, and he shall appoint a chief of this bureau who shall hold office under his direction for six years.

2. The adjutant-general of the state by all reasonable ways and means, shall complete such records and gather from every available source such colors, standards and battle flags as were borne by New York state troops in the war of the rebellion, and such statistics and historical information and relics as may serve to perpetuate the memory and heroic deeds of the soldiers of the state, and keep and carefully preserve the same in such bureau.

3. He is authorized to request and accept from incorporated associations of veterans of the different regiments, statements and information duly authenticated by them, descriptive of their colors, standards and battle flags, together with the number and class of arms of the regiment, the date and place of muster into the service of the state and also into the service of the United States, the period of service, and the date and place of muster

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out, the date of departure for the seat of war, the various battles and engagements and places of service, including garrison duty, the time of joining brigades, corps and armies, with the time and nature of the service, and the names of colonels of such regiments, the names of those killed in action, including those who died of wounds, and the names of those who died of disease during their period of service. He is further authorized to ask the co-operation and assistance of the adjutant-general of the United States, and of the city, county and town authorities and officials, and of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, and of organizations and persons in the state of New York and elsewhere in the collection of such other information, relics, memorials and battle flags as is contemplated by this article, in order to make as complete as possible the records, history and statistics of the patriotic service of the volunteer soldiers of the state during the war of the rebellion.

4. The adjutant-general of the state is directed to cause to be transcribed and kept in books of record in such bureau the historical facts, information and statistics as provided above; and is authorized to determine a convenient size for the volumes in which such statistics and historical data may be bound, and to request veteran associations and others proposing to supply such historical data and information to furnish the same on printed or manuscript sheets of a uniform size to correspond with the size of such volumes.

5. He is further authorized to provide locked and sealed cases with glass fronts, as nearly air-tight as practicable, in which shall be kept and displayed the colors, standards and battle flags above mentioned, and receive placards in duplicate, which incorporated regimental veteran associations are privileged and empowered to furnish and upon which shall be inscribed synopses of the historical information and statistics herein provided to be furnished to such bureau by regimental veteran associations, or failing to receive such data and information from such veteran associations, for the preparation of such placards, he may utilize the authentic information which he may obtain from other sources, as herein provided, which placards shall be uniform in size and color and shall be attached to or conspicuously placed in proximity to the colors, standards and battle flags to which they refer. If any placard or inscription shall be lost, destroyed or

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removed, the adjutant-general of the state shall at once replace it by duplicate of the original on file.

The legislature shall annually make suitable appropriations to enable the adjutant-general of the state to carry out the provisions of this section.

6. The books, records and other property and relics deposited in such bureau shall be open to inspection and use, except the use of the colors, standards and battle flags, at such reasonable hours and under such regulations as the adjutant-general of the state may determine. No battle flag, book or any property placed in such bureau for the purpose of this article, shall be removed therefrom, or from the immediate custody and control of the adjutant-general of the state without an act of the legislature.

7. The trustees of the capitol are authorized and directed to provide suitable and convenient quarters for the bureau of records whenever the adjutant-general of the state shall require and make demand therefor, and to properly fit up and prepare the same for the safe-keeping of such records, books and property, and for the display of such colors, standards, battle flags and relics which shall be known and maintained as the hall of military records. The several municipalities of the state may deposit their record books and papers relating to the war in the archives of the hall for safe-keeping, and transcripts therefrom shall be furnished on application by the chief officer of the municipality without cost to it.

Officers or soldiers may deposit therein their discharge papers, descriptive lists, muster rolls or company or regimental books and papers for safe-keeping.

The interest arising from the investment of the funds contributed by towns, cities and individuals for the erection of a hall of military records shall be devoted to the maintenance of the hall of military records provided in this section.

Formerly L. 1908, ch. 231, § 19. Written from L. 1898, ch. 212, $ 16. $ 20. Armory commissions. Whenever any arsenal, armory or other quarters of the militia, camp-ground or rifle-range is owned by the state, the same shall be under the charge of an armory commission. When any such property is devoted to the use of the national guard the commission in charge thereof shall consist of the major-general, the adjutant-general of the state and the commanding officer of the brigade within whose command the arsenal, armory, quarters, camp-grounds or rifle

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range may be located. When devoted to the use of the naval militia, the commission shall consist of the adjutant-general of the state, the commanding officer of the naval militia and the ranking line officer of the naval militia where the property is located.

When moneys of a county are to be expended by the armory commission in or upon an armory owned by the state the treasurer of the county in which such armory is located shall be a member of the armory commission as to all matters pertaining to the expenditure of such moneys.

From the time this chapter takes effect, a commission so constituted shall take charge of the erection and completion of all such property as may hereafter be authorized to be erected, and of all such property the erection or completion of which is in progress at the time this chapter takes effect under any general or special law; and as to such work as is in progress, such commission is hereby invested with all the powers conferred by law on any officers, boards or commissions theretofore charged with such work or any part thereof.

It shall keep in good repair the arsenals, armories, quarters, camp-grounds and rifle-ranges in its charge, and all moneys appropriated heretofore or which may be appropriated hereafter for the erection or repair of such buildings, grounds and ranges shall be expended by a commission so constituted in the same manner as other moneys appropriated for military or naval purposes are authorized to be expended, except as herein otherwise provided.

Every such commission shall employ the state architect and is hereby authorized to appoint, and at its pleasure discharge, its own inspectors.

When ordinary repairs not exceeding one hundred dollars in cost are necessary, the officer in charge of the building or grounds shall report to the armory commission what is required to be done, submitting estimates from at least two responsible parties, and the armory commission may authorize the officer to cause the repairs to be made, designating the party who shall do the work. When repairs, the cost of which will amount to more than one hundred but not more than five hundred dollars, are required, a full statement of the necessity thereof must be made by the officer in charge to the armory commission who shall cause estimates of the cost thereof to be prepared by two or more parties, have them examined by an architect selected by the commission, and then

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