Act of May 9, 1854, P.L. 688, No. 680               Cl. 72
                                  AN ACT

     To provide for the ordinary expenses of Government, the repairs
        of the Public Canals and Railroads, and other general and
        special appropriations.

        Section 48.  Settlement of accounts; affidavits
        The auditor general shall have power in all cases in settling
     the accounts for the contingent and other expenses of the
     legislature and other departments of the government, to inquire
     into the correctness and fairness of the prices charged; and it
     shall be his duty to disallow any excess over fair cash prices;
     and may require the seller and any one procuring supplies for
     said Departments, to make affidavits as to the prices actually
     paid or agreed to be paid for the same, and procure affidavits
     from those in the trade, as to the just and fair value thereof
     for his information and government.  1854, May 9, p.l. 688, Sec.