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TIMBER AND STONE LANDS.
Also see “Timber."
sold--Minimum price $2.50 an acre-Mineral lands not subject—Pat
ents subject to water rights.--Act of August 4, 1892--Extended to all public-land States.
An Act For the sale of timber lands in the States of California, Ore
gon, Nevada, and in Washington Territory.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That surveyed public lands of the United States Timber and within the States of California, Oregon, and Nevada, California, Ore and in Washington Territory,' not included within mili- gon, etc., to bo tary, Indian, or other reservations of the United States, valuable chiefly for timber, but unfit for cultivation, and which have not been offered at public sale, according to law, may be sold to citizens of the United States, or persons who have declared their intention to become such, in quantities not exceeding one hundred and sixty acres to any one person or association of persons, at the minimum price of two dollars and fifty cents per acre; and lands valuable chiefly for stone may be sold on the same terms as timber lands: Provided, That nothing herein Not to deteat contained shall defeat or impair any bona fide claim bona fide claim. under any law of the United States, or authorize the sale of any mining claim, or the improvements of any bona fide settler, or lands containing gold, silver, cinnabar, copper, or coal, or lands selected by the said States under any law of the United States donating lands for internal improvements, education, or other purposes : And provided further, That none of the rights conferred Patents subject by the act approved July twenty-sixth, eighteen hundred to water rights. and sixty-six, entitled "An Act granting the right of way to ditch and canal owners over the public lands, and for other purposes,” shall be abrogated by this Act; and all patents granted shall be subject to any vested and accrued water rights, or rights to ditches and reservoirs used in connection with such water rights, as may have been acquired under and by the provisions of said Act; and such rights shall be expressly reserved in any patent issued under this Act.
SEC. 2. That any person desiring to avail himself of Application for the provisions of this Act shall file with the register of purchase. the proper district a written statement in duplicate, one 1 Extended to “public land States " by the act of Aug. 4, 1892.
of which is to be transmitted to the General Land Office, designating by legal subdivisions the particular tract of land he desires to purchase, setting forth that the same is unfit for cultivation, and valuable chiefly for its timber or stone; that it is uninhabited; contains no mining or other improvements, except for ditch or canal purposes, where any such do exist, save such as were made by or belonged to the applicant, nor, as deponent verily believes, any valuable deposit of gold, silver, cinnabar, copper, or coal; that deponent has made no other application under this Act; that he does not apply to purchase the same on speculation, but in good faith to appropriate it to his own exclusive use and benefit, and that he has not, directly or indirectly, made any agreement or contract, in any way or manner, with any person or persons whatsoever, by which the title which he might acquire from the Government of the United States should inure, in whole or in part, to the benefit of any person except him
self; which statement must be verified by the oath of the False swearing
applicant before the register or the receiver of the land in application.s office within the district where the land is situated; and
if any person taking such oath shall swear falsely in the premises, he shall be subject to all the pains and penalties of perjury, and shall forfeit the money which he may have paid for said lands, and all right and title to the same; and any grant or conveyance which he may have made, except in the hands of bona fide purchasers,
shall be null and void. Publication of SEC. 3. That upon the filing of said statement, as proapplication.
vided in the second section of this Act, the register of the land office shall post a notice of such application, embracing a description of the land by legal subdivisions, in his office, for a period of sixty days, and shall furnish the applicant a copy of the same for publication, at the expense of such applicant, in a newspaper published nearest
the location of the premises, for a like period of time; and Facts to be after the expiration of said sixty days, if no adverse claim
shall have been filed, the person desiring to purchase shall furnish to the register of the land office satisfactory evidence, first, that said notice of the application prepared by the register as aforesaid was duly published in a newspaper as herein required; secondly, that the land is of the character contemplated in this Act, unoccupied and without improvements, other than those excepted, either mining or agricultural, and that it apparently contains no valuable deposits of gold, silver, cinnabar, copper, or coal; and upon payment to the proper officer of the purchase money of said land, together with the fees of the register and the receiver, as provided for in case of mining
claims in the twelfth section of the Act approved May Entry and pat
tenth, eighteen hundred and seventy-two, the applicant
be permitted to enter said tract, and, on the transmission to the General Land Office of the papers and testimony in the case, a patent shall issue thereon: Provided,
• That any person having a valid claim to any portion of the land may object, in writing, to the issuance of a objection patent to lands so held by him, stating the nature of his patent. claim thereto; and evidence shall be taken and the merits of said objections shall be determined by the officers of the land office, sroject to appeal, as in other land cases. Effect shall be given to the foregoing provisions of this Act by regulations to be prescribed by the Commissioner of the General Land Office. Sec. 4. That after the passage of this Act it shall be Cutting timber
. unlawful to cut, or cause or procure to be cut, or wantonly destroy, any timber growing on any lands of the United States, in said States and Territory, or remove, or cause to be removed, any timber from said public lands, with intent to export or dispose of the same; and no owner, master, or consignee of any vessel, or owner, director, or agent of any railroad shall knowingly transport the same, or any lumber manufactured therefrom; and any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction, shall be fined for every such offense a sum not less than Penalty. one hundred nor more than one thousand dollars: Provided, That nothing herein contained shall prevent any miner or agriculturist from clearing his land in the ordinary working of his mining claim, or preparing his farm for tillage, or from taking the timber necessary to support his improvements, or the taking of timber, for the use of the United States; and the penalties herein provided shall not take effect until ninety days after the passage of this act.
Sec. 5. That any person prosecuted in said States and certain prose, Territory for violating section two thousand four hun-from. dred and sixty-one of the Revised Statutes of the United States who is not prosecuted for cutting timber for export from the United States may be relieved from further prosecution and liability, therefor upon payment, into the court wherein said action is pending, of the sum of two dollars and fifty cents per acre for all lands on which he shall have cut or caused to be cut timber, br removed or caused to be removed the same: Provided, That nothing contained in this section shall be construed as granting to the person hereby relieved the title to said lands for said payment; but he shall have the right to purchase the same upon the same terms and conditions as other persons, as provided hereinbefore in this Act: And further provided, That all moneys col- parte pealed in lected under this Act shall be covered into the Treasury of the United States. And section four thousand seven hundred and fifty-one of the Revised Statutes is hereby repealed, so far as it relates to the States and Territories herein named.
Sec. 6. That all Acts and parts of Acts inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed.
Approved, June 3, 1878 (20 Stat. 89).
An Act To authorize the entry of lands chiefly valuable for building
stone under the placer mining laws. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa
tives of the United States of America in Congress asEntries for sembled, That any person authorized to enter lands under bunding a place the mining laws of the United States may enter lands claims.
that are chiefly valuable for building stone under the provisions of the law in relation to placer mineral claims: Provided, That lands reserved for the benefit of the public schools or donated to any State shall not be sub
ject to entry under this Act. Timber and Sec. 2. That an Act entitled "An Act for the sale of public-land States timber lands in the State of California, Oregon, Nevada, may be sold.
and Washington Territory," approved June third, eighteen hundred and seventy-eight, be, and the same is hereby, amended by striking out the words “ States of California, Oregon, Nevada, and Washington Territory,". where the same occur in the second and third lines of said Act, and insert in lieu thereof the words “publicland States,” the purpose of this Act being to make said Act of June third, eighteen hundred and seventy-eight,
applicable to all the public-land States. Forest reserva SEC. 3. That nothing in this Act shall be construed to tions not affected.
repeal section twenty-four of the Act entitled “An Act to repeal timber-culture laws, and for other purposes," approved March third, eighteen hundred and ninety-one.
Approved, August 4, 1892 (27 Stat. 348).
TOWN SITES, PARKS, AND CEMETERIES.
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For town sites in Alaska, see Alaska.”
in trust for occupants-Mineral lands_--
ing rights Act of July 9, 1914-Patents to assignees of lots.TOWN SITES WITHIN GOVERNMENT RECLAMATION PROJ
ECTS.-Act of April 16, 1906—The Secretary of the Inter or may with
draw lands for town sites--Limit of area-Disposal.-Act of June 27, 1906-Disposal-Limitation as to area removed. Act of June 11, 1910--Reappraisement of unsold lots-Manner of pay
mentALIENS.-Act of March 2, 1897—Town lots or mining claims may be
acquired PARKS AND CEMETERIES.-Act of September 30, 1890-Cities may
purchase lands for-Act of March 1, 1907—Religious or fraternal associations or private
Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Reservations.
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UNITED STATES REVISED STATUTES.
counties for seats
Sec. 2286. There shall be granted to the several coun
Preemptions by ties or parishes of each State and Territory, where there of justice.
May 26, 1824, are public lands, at the minimum price for which public 4 S. 602 lands of the United States are sold, the right of preemption to one quarter section of land, in each of the counties or parishes, in trust for such counties or parishes, respectively, for the establishment of seats of justice therein; but the proceeds of the sale of each of such