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mines by them discovered, was generally rec- further, That no person may make more than ognized, and the rules and customs of min. one location on the same lode, and not more ers in any particular district were enforced than three thousand feet shall be taken in as valid.
As said by this court in Sparrow any one claim by any association of persons." v. Strong, 3 Wall. 97, 104 [18: 49, 50): “We Obviously the statute contemplated the patknow, also, that the territorial legislature enting of a certain *number of feet of the par. (64) has recognized by statute the validity and ticular vein claimed by the locator, no matbinding force of the rules, regulations, and ter how irregular its course, made no provicustoms of the mining districts. And we sion as to the surface area or the form of the cannot shut our eyes to the public history, surface location, leaving the Land Departwhich infornis us that under this legislation, ment in each particular case to grant so much and not only without interference by the of the surface as was "fixed by local rules," national government, but under its implied or was, in the absence of such rules, in its sanction, vast mining interests have grown judgment necessary for the convenient work. up, employing many millions of capital, and ing of the mine. The party to whom the contributing largely to the prosperity and vein was thus patented was permitted to fol. improvement of the whole country.' See low it on its dip to any extent, although also Forbes v. Gracey, 94 U. S. 762 (24: 313] | thereby passing underneath lands to which Jennison v. Kirk, 98 U. S. 453–459 [25:240- the owner of the vein had no title. 243); Broder v. Natoma Water & Min. Com
As might be expected, the patents issued pany, 101 U. S. 274–276 [25: 790,791); Man- under the statute described surface areas uel v. Wulff, 152 U. S. 505-510 [38:532- very different and sometimes irregular in 534] ; Black v. Elkhorn Mining Company, 163 form. Often they were like a broom, there U. S. 445, 449 [41: 221, 223).
being around the discovery shaft an amount The act of 1866 was, however, as we have of ground deemed large enough for the con(63) said, the first *general legislation in respect venient working of the mine, and a narrow
to the disposal of mines. The first section strip extending therefrom as the handle of provided “that the mineral lands of the pub- the broom. This strip might be straight or sic domain, both surveyed and unsurveyed, in a curved or irregular line, following, so are hereby declared to be free and open to was supposed, the course of the vein. Some exploration and occupation by all citizens of times the surface claimed and patented was the United States, and those who have de
a tract of considerable size, so claimed with clared their intention to become citizens, suo: the view of including the apex of the yein, ject to such regulations as may be prescribed in whatever direction subsequent exploraby law, and subject also to the local customs tions might show it to run. And again, or rules of miners in the several mining dis where there were local rules giving to the tricts, so far as the same may not be in con- discoverer of a mine possessory rights in : flict with the laws of the United States."
certain area of surface, the patent followed The second section gave to a claimant of those rules and conveyed a similar area. a vein or lode of quartz, or other rock in Even under this statute, although its ex. place, bearing gold, etc., the right “to file id press purpose was primarily to grant the sin. the local land office a diagram of the same gle vein, yet the rights of the patentee be
and to enter such tract and receive neath the surface were limited and cona patent therefor, granting such mine, to-trolled by his rights upon the surface. If, in gether with the right to follow such vein or fact, as shown by subsequent explorations, lode with its dips, angles and variations, to the vein on its course or strike departed from any depth, although it may enter the land adthe boundary lines of the surface location, joining, which land adjoining shall be sold the point of departure was the limit of right. subject to this condition.” The purpose here In other words, he was not entitled to the manifested was the conveyance of the vein, claimed and patented number of feet of the and not the conveyance of a certain area of vein, irrespective of the question whether the land within which was a vein. Section 3, vein in its course departed from the lines of which set forth the steps necessary to be tak- the surface location. en to secure a patent and required the pay- The litigation in respect to the Flagstaff ment of $5 per acre for the land conveyed, mine in Utah illustrates this. There was a added: “But said plat, survey, or descrip- local custom giving to the locator of a mine tion shall in no case cover more than one vein 50 feet in width on either side of the course or lode, and no patent shall issue for more of the vein, and the Flagstaff patent granted than one vein or lode, which shall be ex- a superficies *100 feet wide by 2,000 feet long, (65) pressed in the patent issued.” Nowhere was with the right to follow the vein described there any express limitation as to the amount therein to the extent of 2,600 feet. It turned of land to be conveyed, the provision in § 4 out that the vein, instead of running through being: “That no location hereafter made this parallelogram lengthwise, crossed the shall exceed two hundred feet in length along side lines, so that there was really but 100 the vein for each locator, with an additional feet of the length of the vein within the sur. claim foi discovery to the discoverer of the face area. On either side of the Flagstaff lode, with the right to follow such vein to ground were other locations, through which any depth, with all its dips, variations, and the vein on its course passed. As against angles, together with a reasonable quantity these two locations the owners of the Flag. of surface for the convenient working of the staff claimed the right to follow the vein on same as fixed by local rules: And provided lits course or strike to the full extent of 2,500 76
feet. This was denied by the supreme courting of any local customs or rules affecting the of Utah. McCormick v. Varnes, 2 Utah, 355. rights defined in and prescribed by the statIn that case the controversy was with the lo ute, and beyond the terms of the statuto cation on the west of the Flagstaff. The de courts may not go. They have no power of cision of that court in respect to the contro- legislation. They cannot assume the existversy with the location on the east of the ence of any natural equity, and rule that by Flagstaff is not reported, but the case came reason of such equity a party may follow a to this court. Flagstaff Silver Lining Com. vein into the territory of his neighbor, and appany v. Tarbet, 98 U. S. 463 (25: 253]. In propriate it to his own use. If cases arise for the course of the opinion (pages 467, 468) which Congress has made no provision, the (25:255] it was said:
courts cannot supply the defect. Congress "It was not the intent of the law to allow a having prescribed the conditions upon which person to make his location crosswise of a vein extralateral rights may be acquired, a party so that the side lines shall cross it, and there must bring himself within those conditions, or by give him the right to follow the strike of else be content with simply the mineral bethe vein outside of his side lines. That would neath the surface of his territory. It is un. subvert the whole system sought to be estab- doubtedly true that the primary thought of lished by the law. If he does locate his claim the statute is the disposal of the mines and in that way, his rights must be subordinated minerals, and in the interpretation of the statto the rights of those who have properly lo- ute this primary purpose must be recognized cated on the lode. Their right to follow the and given effect. Hence, whenever a party dip outside of their side lines cannot be inter- has acquired the title to ground within whose fered with by him. His right to the lode only surface area is the apex of a vein with a few extends to so much of the lode as his clain or many feet along *its course or strike, a (67) covers. If he has located crosswise of the right to follow that vein on its dip for the loue, and his claim is only 100 feet wide, that same length ought to be awarded to him if it 100 feet is all he has a right to.”
can be done, and only if it can be done, under 'These decisions show that while the express any fair and natural construction of the lanpurpose of the statute was to grant the vein guage of the statute. If the surface of the for so many feet along its course, yet such ground was everywhere level and veins congrant could only be made effective by a sur- stantly pursued a straight line, there would face location covering the course to such ex. be little difficulty in legislation to provide for tent. This act of 1866 remained in force only all contingencies; but mineral is apt to be six years, and was then superseded by the found in mountainous regions, where great ir. act of May 10, 1872 (17 Stat. at L. 91), found regularity of surface exists, and the course or in the Revised Statutes, $$ 2319 and follow-strike of the veins is as irregular as the sur
ing. This is the statute which is in force to face, so that many cases may arise in which (66] day, and under which the controversies *in statutory provisions will fail to secure to a
this case arise. Section 2319, Revised Stat. discoverer of a vein such an amount thereof utes (corresponding to § 1 of the act of as equitably it would seem he ought to re1872), reads:
ceive. We make these observations because "All valuable mineral deposits in lands be- we find in some of the opinions assertions by longing to the United States, both surveyed the writers that they have devised rules which and unsurveyed, are hereby declared to be will work out equitable solutions of all diffifree and open to exploration and purchase, culties. Perhaps those rules may have all and the lands in which they are found to oc the virtues which are claimed for them, and cupation and purchase, by citizens of the if so it were well if Congress could be perUnited States and those who have declared suaded to enact them into statute; but be their intention to become such, under regula- that as it may, the question in the courts is tions prescribed by law, and according to the not, What is equity? but, What saith the local customs or rules of miners in the several statute? Thus, for instance, there is no inmining districts, so far as the same are appli: herent necessity that the end lines of a mincable and not inconsistent with the law of ing claim should be parallel, yet the statute the United States." It needs no argument to show that if this is not within the province of the courts to ig
has so specifically prescribed. (§ 2320.) It were the only section bearing upon the ques. tion, patents for land containing mineral pore such provision, and hold that a locator, would, except in cases affected by local cus-failing to comply with its terms has all the toms and rules of miners, be subject to the rights, extralateral and otherwise, which he ordinary rules of the common law, and would would have been entitled to if he had comconvey title to only such minerals as were plied, and so it has been adjudged. Iron Sil. found beneath the surface. We therefore ver Mining Company v. Elgin Mining & 8. turn to the following sections to see what ex. Company, 118 U. S. 196 [30:98]. tralateral rights are given and upon what This case, which is often called the "Horseconólitions they may be exercized. And it shoe Case," on account of the form of the lo. must be borne in mind in considering the cation, is instructive. The following diaquestions presented that we are dealing sim- gram, which was in the record in that case, ply with statutory rights. There is no show- 'illustrates the scope of the decision: 171 U. S.
The locator claimed in his application for a the ground, were not parallel, and that this patent the lines 1, 14 and 5, 6, as the end defect could not be obviated by calling that lines of his location, and because of their par- which was in fact a side line an end line allelism, that he had complied with the letter This is made more clear by the observations of the statute, but the court ruled against of the Chief Justice, who with Mr. Justice him, saying in the opinion (page 208 [30: Bradley, dissented, in which he said: 102]):
"I cannot agree to this judgment. In my “The exterior lines of the Stone claim opinion the end lines of a anining location (68) formed a curved *figure somewhat in the shape are to be projected parallel to eacu other and
of a horseshoe, and its end lines are not and crosswise of the general course of the vein cannot be made parallel. What are marked within the surface limits of the location, and on the plat as end lines are not such. The whenever the top or apex of the vein is found one between numbers 5 and 6 is a side line. within the surface lines extended vertically The draughtsman or surveyor seems to have downwards, the vein may be followed out. hit upon two parallel lines of his nine-sided side of the vertical side lines. The end lines figure, and apparently for no other reason are not necessarily those which are marked than their parallerism called them end lines. on the map as such, but they may be pro
"We are therefore of opinion that the objected at the extreme points where the apex jection that, by reason of the surface form of leaves the location as marked on the surface." the Stone claim, the defendant could not fol. In other words, the court took the location low the lode existing therein in its downward as made on the surface l.y the locator, decourse beyond the lines of the claim, was well termined from that what were the end lines, taken to the offered proof.”
and made those surface end lines controlling (69) *It is true the court also observed that if upon his rights, and rejested the contention
the two lines named by the locator were to that it was proper for the court to ignore the be considered the end lines, no part of the surface location and create for the locator a vein in controversy fell "within vertical new location whose end lines should be crossplanes drawn down through those lines, con-wise of the general course of the vein as tinued in their own direction.” But notwith finally determined by explorations. That standing this observation the point of the de- this decision and that in the Tarbet Case, cision was that the lines, which were the end I supra, were correct expositions of the statute, lines of the location as made on the surface of and correctly comprehended the intent of Congress therein, is evident from the fact United States, or with the laws of the state that, although they were announced in 1885 or territory in which the district is situated, and 1878, respectively, Congress has not seen governing the location, manner of recording, fit to change the language of the statute, or amount of work necessary to hold possession in any manner to indicate that any different of a mining claim, subject to the following remeasure of rights should be awarded to a quirements: The location must be distinctly mining locator.
marked on the ground so that its boundaries With these preliminary observations we can be readily traced. All records of mining pass to a consideration of the questions proclaims hereafter made shall contain the name pounded. The first is:
or names of the locators, the date of the loca. “May any of the lines of a junior-lode lo- tion, and such a descriplion of the claim or (70) cation be laid *within, upon, or across the sur claims located by reference to some natural
face of a valid senior location for the purpose object or permanent monument as will idenof defining for or securing to such junior lo- tify the claim. On each claim located after cation underground or extralateral rights not the tenth day of May, eighteen hundred and in conflict with any rights of the senior loca- seventy-two and until a patent has been is. tion?”
sued therefor, not less than one hundred dol. By § 2319, quoted above, the mineral de lars' worth of labor shall be performed or imposits which are declared to be open to ex. provements made during each year. On all ploration and purchase are those found in claims located prior to the tenth day of May, lands belonging to the United States, and eighteen hundred and seventy-two, ten dol. such lands are the only ones open to occu- lars' worth of labor shall be performed or impation and purchase. While this is true, it provements made by the tenth day of June, is also true that until the legal title has eighteen hundred and seventy-four, and each passed the public lands are within the juris- year thereafter, for each one hundred feet in diction of the Land Department, and, al- length along the vein until a patent has been though equitable rights may be established, issued therefor; but where such claims are Congress retains a certain measure of control. held in common, such expenditure may be Michigan Land & Lumber Company v: Rust, made upon any one claim; and upon a failure 168 U. S. 589 [42: 591). The grant is, as is to comply with these conditions, the claim or often said, in process of administration. Pass- mine upon which such failure occurred shall ing to $ 2320, beyond the recognition of the be open to relocation in the same manner as governing force of customs and regulations if no location of the same had ever been and a declaration as to the extreme length made, provided that the original locators, and width of a mining claim, it is provided their heirs, assigns, or legal representatives, that “no location of a mining claim shall be have not resumed work upon the claim after made until the discovery of the vein or lode failure and before such location.” within the limits of the claim located.
Section 2325 provides for the issue of a The end lines of each claim shall be parallel patent. It reads: to each other.”
"A patent for any land claimed and located Section 2322 gives to the locators of all for valuable deposits may be obtained in the mining locations, so long as they comply with following manner: Any person, association, laws of the United States, and with state, ter or corporation authorized to locate a claim ritorial, and local regulations not in conflict under this chapter, having claimed and lotherewith, “the exclusive right of possession cated a piece oi land *for such purposes who (72) and enjoyment of all the surface included has or have, complied with the terms of this within the lines of their locations, and of all chapter, may file in the proper land office an veins, lodes, and ledges throughout their en application for a patent, under oath, showing tire depth, the top or apex of which lies in such compliance, together with a plat and side of such surface lines extended downward field notes of the claim or claims in common, vertically, although such veins, lodes, or made by or under the direction of the United ledges may so far depart from a perpendicu. States surveyor general, showing accurately lar in their course downward as to extend the boundaries of the claim or claims, which outside the vertical side lines of such surface shall be distinctly marked by monuments on locations. But their right of possession to the ground, and shall post a copy of such such outside parts of such veins or ledges plat, together with a notice of such applica. shall be confined to such portions thereof as tion for a patent, in a conspicuous place on lie between vertical planes drawn downward the land embraced in such plat previous to as above described, through the end lines of the filing of the application for a patent, and their locations, so continued in their own di. shall file an affidavit of at least two persons rection that such planes will intersect such that such notice has been duly posted, and exterior parts of such veins or ledges. And shall file a copy of the notice in such land
nothing in this section shall authorize the lo- office, and shall thereupon be entitled to a [71jcator or possessor *of a vein or lode which patent for the land, in the manner follow
extends in its downward course beyond the ing: The register of the land office, upon vertical lines of his claim to enter upon the the filing of such application, plat, field surface of a claim owned or possessed by an. notes, notices, and affidavits, shall publish a other."
notice that such application has been made, Section 2324 in terms authorizes “the min- for the period of sixty days, in a newspaper ers of each mining district to make regula- to be by him designated as published nearest tions not in conflict with the laws of the to such claim; and he shall also post such no
tice in his office for the same period. The pay for his portion of the claim, with the claimant, at the time of filing this applica- proper fees, and file the certificate and detion, or at any time thereafter, within the scription by the surveyor general, whereupon sixty days of publication, shall file with the the register shall certify the proceedings and register a certificate of the United States judgment roll to the Commissioner of the surveyor general that five hundred dollars' General Land Office, as in the preceding case, worth of labor has been expended or improve and patents shall issue to the several parties ments made upon the claim by himself or according to their respective rights. "Nothgrantors; that the plat is correct, with such ing herein contained *shall be construed to (74) further description by such reference to nat- prevent the alienation of the title conveyed ural objects or permanent monuments as by a patent for a mining claim to any person shall identify the claim, and furnish an ac- whatever.” curate description, to be incorporated in the These are the only provisions of the statute patent. At the expiration of the sixty days of which bear upon the question presented. publication the claimant shall file his affida- The stress of the argument in favor of a vit, showing that the plat and notice have negative answer to this question lies in the been posted in a conspicuous place on the contention that by the terms of the statute claim during such period of publication. If exclusive possessory rights are granted to the no adverse claim shall have been filed with locator. Section 2322 declares that the locathe register and the receiver of the proper tors "shall ave the exclusive right of posland office at the expiration of the sixty session and enjoyment of all the surface in. days of publication, it shall be assumed that cluded within the lives of their locations," the applicant is entitled to a patent, upon and negatively, that "nothing in this section the payment to the proper officer of five dol. shall authorize the locator or possessor of a
lars per acre, and that no adverse claim ex vein or lode which extends in its downward (79)ists; and thereafter no *objection from third course beyond the vertical lines of his claim
parties to the issuance of a patent shall be to enter upon the surface of a claim owned heard, except it be shown that the applicant or possessed by another.” Hence, it is said has failed to comply with the terms of this that affirmatively and negatively is it prochapter."
vided that the locator shall have exclusive Section 2326 is as follows:
possession of the surface, and that no one "Where an adverse claim is filed during the shall have a right to disturb him in such posperiod of publication it shall be upon oath session. How, then, it is asked, can anyone of the person or persons making the same, have a right to enter upon such location for and shall show the nature, boundaries, and the purpose of making a second location? If extent of such adverse claim, and all pro- he does so he is a trespasser, and it cannot be ceedings, except the publication of no presumed that Congress intended that any tice and making and filing of the affidavit rights should be created by a trespass. thereof, shall be stayed until the con- We are not disposed to undervalue the troversy shall have been settled or de force of this argument, and yet are concided by a court of competent jurisdiction, strained to hold that it is not controlling. It
the adverse claim waived. It shall must be borne in mind that the location is be the duty of the adverse claimant, the initial step taken by the locator to indiwithin thirty days after filing his claim, to cate the place and extent of the surface which commence proceedings in a court of compe- he desires to acquire. It is a means of giving tent jurisdiction to determine the question notice. That which is located is called in š of the right of possession, and prosecute the 2320 and elsewhere a "claim" or a "mining same with reasonable diligence to final judg-claim.” Indeed, the words "claim" and "loment; and a failure so to do shall be a waiver cation" are used interchangeably. This lo. of his adverse claim. After such judgment cation does not come at the end of the proshall have been rendered, the party entitled ceedings, to define that which has been acto the possession of the claim, or any portion quired after all contests have been adjudi. thereof, may, without giving further notice, cated. The location, the mere making of a file a certified copy of the judgment roll with claim, works no injury to one who has acthe register of the land office, together with quired prior rights. Some confusion may the certificate of the surveyor general that arise when locations overlap each other and the requisite amount of labor has been ex: include the same ground, for then the right pended or improvements made thereon, and of possession becomes a matter of dispute, the description required in other cases, and but no location creates a right *superior to  shall pay to the receiver five dollars per acre any previous valid location. And these posfor his claim, together with the proper fees sessory rights have always been recognized whereupon the whole proceedings and the and disputes concerning them settled in the judgment roll shall be certified by the reg courts. ister to the Commissioner of the Genera It will also be noticed that the locator is Land Office, and a patent shall issue there not compelled to follow the lines of the gov. on for the claim, or such portion thereof, as ernment surveys, or to make his location in the applicant shall appear, from the decision any manner correspond to such surveys. The of the court, to rightly possess. If it ap- location may, indeed, antedate the public surpears from the decision of the cour hat sev veys, but whether before or after them, the eral parties are entitled to separate and dif- locator places his location where, in his judg. ferent portions of the claim, each party may 'ment, it will cover the underlying vein. The