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ALASKA COAL LAND BILL.

H. R. 14233, AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE LEASING OF COAL LANDS IN THE TERRITORY OF

ALASKA, AND FOR OTIIER PURPOSES.

HOUSE BILL.

PASSED BY SENATE.

CONFERENCE AGREEMENT.

Be it enacted by the Senate and Be it enacted by the Senate and

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the House of Representatives of the House of Representatives of the United States of America in Con- United States of America in Con- United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary gress assembled, That the Secretary gress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior be, and hereby is, au- of the Interior be, and hereby is, au

of the Interior be, and hereby is, authorized and directed to survey the thorized and directed to survey the thorized and directed to survey the lands of the United States in the lands of the United States in the lands of the United States in the Territory of Alaska known to be Territory of Alaska known to be Territory of Alaska known to be valuable for their deposits of coal, valuable for their deposits of coal, valuable for their deposits of coal, and to lease such lands or the deposits of coal contained therein, as hereafter provided, preference to be given first in favor preference to be given first in favor preference to be given first in favor of surveying lands within those of surveying lands within those of surveying lands within those areas commonly known as the Ber- areas commonly known as the Ber- areas commonly known as the Bering River, Matanuska, and Nenana ing River, Matanuska, and Nenana ing River, Matanuska, and Nenana coal fields, and thereafter to such coal fields, and thereafter to such coal fields, and thereafter to such areas or coal fields as lie tributary to areas or coal fields as lie tributary to areas or coal fields as lie tributary to established settlements or existing established settlements or existing established settlements or existing or proposed rail or water transpor- or proposed rail or water transpor- or proposed rail or water transportation lines: Provided, That such tation lines: Provided, That such tation lines: Provided, That such surveys shall be executed in accord- surveys shall be executed in accord- surveys shall be executed in accordance with existing laws and rules ance with existing laws and rules ance with existing laws and rules and regulations governing the sur- and regulations governing the sur- and regulations governing the survey of public lands. vey of public lands.

vey of public lands. There is hereby

There is hereby appropriated, out of any money in appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appro- the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of $100,000 for the priated, the sum of $100,000 for the purpose of making the surveys purpose of making the surveys herein provided for, to continue herein provided for, to continue available until expended: Provided, available until expended: Provided, That any surveys heretofore made That any surveys heretofore made under the authority or by the ap- under the authority or by the approval of the Department of the proval of the Department of the Interior may be adopted and used Interior may be adopted and used

for the purposes of this Act. for the purposes of this Act. Provided further, That the Secretary of the Interior may, as herein provided, with a view to facilitating development and without awaiting said surveys, make such awards of leases in the coal fields in Alaska as he may deem advisable and under such- regulations as he may, prescribe: the locations of such leases shall be distinctly marked upon the ground under his direction, so that their boundaries can be readily traced.

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the President of the United
the President of the United

the President of the United States shall designate and reserve States shall designate and reserve States shall designate and reserve from use, location, sale, lease, or from use, location, sale, lease, or from use, location, sale, lease, or disposition not exceeding five thou- disposition not exceeding five thou- disposition not exceeding five thousand one hundred and twenty acres sand one hundred and twenty acres sand one hundred and twenty acres of coal-bearing land in the Bering of coal-bearing land in the Bering of coal-bearing land in the Bering River field and not exceeding seven River field and not exceeding seven River field and not exceeding seven thousand six hundred and eighty thousand six hundred and eighty thousand six hundred and eighty acres of coal-bearing land in the acres of coal-bearing land in the acres of coal-bearing land in the Matanuska field, Matanuska field,

Matanuska field, and in addition the President may, in his discretion, designate and reserve from use, location, sale, lease, or other disposition not exceeding five thousand one hundred and twenty acres of coal-bearing lands in each of the other coal fields in the Territory of Alaska:

and not to exceed

and not to exceed one-half of the other coal lands in one-half of the other coal lands in Alaska:

Alaska:
Provided,
Provided, That the coal de-

Provided, That the coal deThat the deposits in said reserved posits in such reserved areas may be posits in such reserved areas may be areas may be mined under the di- mined under the direction of the mined under the direction of the rection of the President when, in President when, in his opinion, the President when, in his opinion, the his opinion, the coal is required for mining of such coal in such reserved mining of such coal in such reserved Government works or in the con- areas, under the direction of the areas, under the direction of the struction and operation of Govern- President, becomes necessary, by President, becomes necessary, by ment railroads, or is required by the reason of an insufficient supply of reason of an insufficient supply of Navy or is necessary for national coal at a reasonable price for the coal at a reasonable price for the protection or foi relief from op- requirements of Government works, requirements of Government works, pressive conditions brought about construction and operation of Gov- construction and operation of Govthrough a monopoly of coal.

ernment railroads, for the Navy, ernment railroads, for the Navy, for national protection,

for national protection,

and for re

or for relief from monopoly or oppressive lief from monopoly or oppressive conditions.

conditions. SEC. 3. That the unreserved coal SEC. 3. That the unreserved coal Sec. 3. That the unreserved coal lands and coal deposits shall be di- lands and coal deposits shall be di- lands and coal deposits shall be divided by the Secretary of the In- vided by the Secretary of the In- vided by the Secretary of the Interior into leasing blocks or tracts of terior into leasing blocks or tracts of terior into leasing blocks or tracts of forty acres each, or multiples there forty acres each, or multiples there forty acres each, or multiples thereof, and in such form as in the opin- of, and in such form as in the opin- of, and in such form as in the opinion of the Secretary will permit the ion of the Secretary will permit the ion of the Secretary will permit the most economical mining of the coal

most economical mining of the coal most economical mining of the coal in such blocks, but in no case ex

in such blocks, but in no case ex- in such blocks, but in no case exceeding two thousand five hundred ceeding two thousand five hundred ceeding two thousand five hundred and sixty acres in any one leasing and sixty acres in any one leasing and sixty acres in any one leasing block or tract; and thereafter block or tract; and thereafter, sub block or tract; and thereafter

ject to any prior valid existing
rights, which said rights may be
perfected under the laws in force at
the time the same were initiated,
and under the rules, regulations,
and practices of the Land Depart-
ment relative to the acquisition of
such rights, as interpreted and ap-
plied by the Department at the
time of the initiation of such

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