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Ashford, Geo. E
Lewis, E. F
Thorne, J. F
Whitworth, F. H.
THE ALEXANDER ARCHIPELAGO FOREST RESERVE.
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Whereas it is provided by section twenty-four of the act of Congress approved March third, eighteen hundred and ninety-one, entitled "An act to repeal timberculture laws, and for other purposes," "that the President of the United States may, from time to time, set apart and reserve, in any State or Territory having public land bearing forests, in any part of the public lands wholly or in part covered with timber or undergrowth, whether of commercial value or not, as public reservations, and the President shall, by public proclamation, declare the establishment of such reservations and the limits thereof;"
And whereas the following described public lands in the Territory of Alaska are in part covered with timber, and it appears that the public good would be promoted by setting apart and reserving said lands as a public reservation:
Now, therefore, I, Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested by section twenty-four of the aforesaid act of Congress, do hereby make known and proclaim that there are hereby reserved from settlement, entry, or sale, and set apart as a public reservation, Chichagof Island and the adjacent islands to the seaward thereof, Kupreanof Island, Kuiu Island, Zarembo Island, and Prince of Wales Island and the adjacent islands to the seaward thereof, in Alaska: Provided, That this proclamation shall not be so construed as to deprive any person of any valid right possessed under the treaty for the cession of the Russian possessions in North America to the United States, concluded at Washington on the thirtieth day of March, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven, or acquired under any act of Congress relating to the Territory of Alaska.
Warning is hereby expressly given to all persons not to unlawfully enter upon or occupy any of the lands reserved by this proclamation.
The reservation hereby established shall be known as The Alexander Archipelago Forest Reserve.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington this 20th day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and two and of the Independence of the United States the hundred and twenty-seventh.
By the President:
ALVEY A. ADEE,
Acting Secretary of State.
COPY OF A CONTRACT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE NORTH AMERICAN COMMERCIAL COMPANY, UNDER WHICH SAID COMPANY IS GRANTED THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT OF TAKING FUR SEALS UPON THE PRIBILOF ISLANDS IN ALASKA.
This indenture, made in duplicate this 12th day of March, 1890, by and between William Windom, Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, in pursuance of chapter 3 of Title XXIII, Revised Statutes, and the North American Commercial Company, a corporation duly established under the laws of the State of California, and acting by I. Liebes, its president, in accordance with a resolution of said corporation adopted at a meeting of its board of directors held January 4, 1890:
Witnesseth, that the said Secretary of the Treasury, in consideration of the agreements hereinafter stated, hereby leases to the North American Commercial Company, for a term of twenty years from the 1st day of May, 1890, the_exclusive right to engage in the business of taking fur seals on the islands of St. George and St. Paul in the Territory of Alaska, and to send a vessel or vessels to said islands for the skins of such seals.
The said North American Commercial Company, in consideration of the rights secured to it under this lease above stated, on its part covenants and agrees to do the things following, that is to say:
To pay to the Treasurer of the United States each year during the said term of twenty years, as annual rental, the sum of $60,000, and in addition thereto agrees to pay the revenue tax, or duty, of $2 laid upon each fur-seal skin taken and shipped by it from said islands of St. George and St. Paul, and also to pay to said Treasurer the further sum of $7.62 apiece for each and every fur-seal skin taken and shipped from said islands, and also to pay the sum of 50 cents per gallon for each gallon of oil sold by it made from seals that may be taken on said islands during the said period of twenty years, and to secure the prompt payment of the $60,000 rental above referred to, the said company agrees to deposit with the Secretary of the Treasury bonds of the United States to the amount of $50,000, face value, to be held as guarantee for the annual payment of said $60,000 rental, the interest thereon when due to be collected and paid to the North American Commercial Company, provided the said company is not in default of payment of any part of the said $60,000 rental. That it will furnish to the native inhabitants of said islands of St. George and St. Paul annually such quantity or number of dried salmon and such quantity of salt and such number of salt barrels for preserving their necessary supply of meat as the Secretary of the Treasury shall from time to time determine.
That it will also furnish to the said inhabitants 80 tons of coal annually, and a sufficient number of comfortable dwellings in which said native inhabitants may reside; and will keep said dwellings in proper repair; and will also provide and keep in repair such suitable schoolhouses as may be necessary, and will establish and maintain, during eight months of each year, proper schools for the education of the children on said islands; the same to be taught by competent teachers, who shall be paid by the company a fair compensation, all to the satisfaction of the Secretary of the Treasury; and will also provide and maintain a suitable house for religious worship; and will also provide a competent physician or physicians, and necessary and proper medicines and medical supplies; and will also provide the necessaries of life for the widows and orphans and aged and infirm inhabitants of said islands who are unable to provide for themselves; all of which foregoing agreements will be done and performed by the said company free of all costs and charges to said native inhabitants of said islands or to the United States.
The annual rental, together with all other payments to the United States, provided for in this lease, shall be made and paid on or before the 1st day of April of
each and every year during the existence of this lease, beginning with the 1st day of April, 1891.
The company further agrees to employ the native inhabitants of said islands to perform such labor upon the islands as they are fitted to perform, and to pay therefor a fair and just compensation, such as may be fixed by the Secretary of the Treasury, and also agrees to contribute, as far as in its power, all reasonable efforts to secure the comfort, health, education, and promote the morals and civilization of said native inhabitants.
The said company also agrees faithfully to obey and abide by all rules and regulations that the Secretary of the Treasury has heretofore and may hereafter establish or make in pursuance of law concerning the taking of seals on said islands, and concerning the comfort, morals, and other interests of said inhabitants, and all matters pertaining to said islands and the taking of seals within the possession of the United States. It also agrees to obey and abide by any restrictions or limitations upon the right to kill seals that the Secretary of the Treasury shall judge necessary, under the law, for the preservation of the seal fisheries of the United States; and it agrees that it will not kill, or permit to be killed, so far as it can prevent, in any year a greater number of seals than is authorized by the Secretary of the Treasury.
The said company further agrees that it will not permit any of its agents to keep, sell, give, or dispose of any distilled spirits or spirituous liquors or opium on either of said islands or the waters adjacent thereto to any of the native inhabitants of said islands, such person not being a physician and furnishing the same for use as a medicine.
It is understood and agreed that the number of fur seals to be taken and killed for their skins upon the said islands by the North American Commercial Company during the year ending May 1, 1891, shall not exceed 60,000.
The Secretary of the Treasury reserves the right to terminate this lease and all rights of the North American Commercial Company under the same at any time on full and satisfactory proof that the said company has violated any of the provisions and agreements of this lease, or any of the laws of the United States, or any Treasury regulations respecting the taking of fur seals or concerning the islands of St. George and St. Paul or the inhabitants thereof.
In witness whereof the parties hereto have set their hands and seals the day and year above written.
[North American Commer
cial Company. Incorporated December, 1889.]
H. B. PARSONS,
WILLIAM WINDOM, Secretary of Treasury.
President of North American Commercial Co.