In 1899 the national Congress granted to the school 25,000 acres of mineral lands, of which 20,000 acres, valued at $200,000, were unsold in 1909.
It remained in Mantegna's studio unsold at his death, and was disposed of to liquidate debts.
In 1910 the total permanent school fund was $7,725,583 and the estimated value of the unsold lands held for the common schools and other educational endowments was $3,068,172.
Byan arrangement concluded in June 1898,between the Egyptian government and a syndicate, the unsold balance of the DaIra estates was taken over by the syndicate in October 1905, for the amount of the debt remaining, when the Daira loan ceased to exist.
But Ezra Cornell himself paid many salaries during early years, and provided much valuable equipment solely at his own expense; and because the state's land scrip was selling too low to secure an adequate endowment for the University, in 1866 he bought the land scrip yet unsold ' Ezra Cornell (2807-2874) was born in Westchester county, New York, on the i ith of January 1807.