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64TH CONGRESS

1st Session ]

SENATE

S DOCUMENT
1 No. 547

U.S. Laws, statue at
PUBLIC LAND STATUTES

OF

THE UNITED STATES

A COMPILATION OF THE PRINCIPAL STATUTES
OF PRACTICAL IMPORTANCE AT THE
PRESENT TIME RELATING TO

THE PUBLIC LANDS

Compiled by

JOHN W. KEENER

GENERAL LAND OFFICE

WASHINGTON
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

1916

(37902 JUL 14 1951

REPORTED BY MR. CHILTON.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES,

September 17, 1916. Resolved, That the publication entitled “Public Land Statutes" be printed as a Senate document, and that four thousand additional copies be printed for the use of the Senate Folding Room and one thousand additional copies for the Committee on Public Lands. Attest:

JAMES M. BAKER, Secretary.

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PUBLIC LAND STATUTES.

ABANDONED MILITARY RESERVATIONS.

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Act of July 5, 1884 (23 Stat., 103)—Sale-Settlers--Buildings-Minerals.......
Act of March 3, 1893 (27 Stat., 593)—Grants to municipalities.......
Act of August 23, 1894 (28 Stat., 491)-Homestead entry-Settlers-Appraised

price.......
Act of February 15, 1895 (28 Stat., 664)—Act of August 23, 1894, extended....

reservations.

An Act To provide for the disposal of abandoned and useless military reservations.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That whenever, in the opinion of the President of the Salon etc.,

o abandoned and United States, the lands, or any portion of them, in- useless military cluded within the limits of any military reservation heretofore or hereafter declared, have become or shall become useless for military purposes, he shall cause the same or so much thereof as he may designate, to be placed under the control of the Secretary of the Interior for disposition as hereinafter provided, and shall cause to be filed with the Secretary of the Interior a notice thereof.

SEC. 2. That the Secretary of the Interior may, if in a Survey and subhis opinion the public interests so require, cause the said lands, or any part thereof, in such reservations, to be regularly surveyed, or to be subdivided into tracts of less than forty acres each, and into town lots, or either, or both. He shall cause the said lands so surveyed and subdivided, and each tract thereof, to be appraised by Appraisal. three competent and disinterested men to be appointed by him, and who shall, after having each been first duly sworn to impartially and faithfully execute the trust reposed in them, appraise the said lands, subdivisions, and tracts, and each of them, and report their proceedings to the Secretary of the Interior for his action thereon. If such appraisement be disapproved, the Secretary of the Interior shall again cause the said lands to be appraised as before provided; and when the appraisement has been approved he shall cause the said lands, subdivisions, and lots to be sold at public sale, to the highest bidder for Lands at public cash, at not less than the appraised value thereof, nor Conditions or less than one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre, first sale. having given not less than sixty days' public notice of the time, place, and terms of sale, immediately prior to such sale, by publication in at least two newspapers having a general circulation in the country or section of county where the lands to be sold are situate; and any lands, subdivisions, or lots remaining unsold may be reoffered for sale at any subsequent time in the same manner, at

sale.

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