The government's share of all business was to form a contingent fund for such emergencies, it seemed.
contingent fund—A sum put aside to provide for an anticipated obligation; a reserve fund.
My salary as Attorney General was one thousand dollars a year and a contingent fund of four hundred dollars additional each year.
The Democrats complained of the way the reconstructionists spent the contingent fund of the state.
Very few of the small accounts against the contingent fund were itemized.
In obedience to law, I transmit to Congress my annual account of the contingent fund.