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An Act To reserve lands to the Territory of Alaska for educational uses,
and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives mon schools when of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
That when the public lands of the Territory of Alaska are surveyed, under the direction of the Government of the United States, sections numbered sixteen and thirtysix in each township in said Territory shall be, and the same are hereby, reserved from sale or settlement for the support of common schools in the Territory of Alaska; and section thirty-three in each township in the Tanana Valley between parallels sixty-four and sixty-five north latitude and between the one hnndred and forty-fifth and the one hundred and fifty-second degrees of west longitude (meridian of Greenwich) shall be, and the same
is hereby, reserved from sale or settlement for the supcollege and school port of a Territorial agricultural college and school of
mines when established by the Legislature of Alaska upon the tract granted in section two of this act: Provided, That where settlement with a view to homestead entry has been made upon any part of the sections reserved hereby before the survey thereof in the field, or where the same may have been sold or otherwise appropriated by or under the authority of any act of
Congress, or are wanting or fractional in quantity, other Lieu selections lands may be designated and reserved in lieu thereof in
the manner provided by the act of Congress of February twenty-eighth, eighteen hundred and ninety-one (Twentysixth Statutes, page seven hundred and ninety-one):
Provided further, That the Territory may, by general Lease by Terri-law, provide for leasing said land in area not to exceed tory permitted.
one section to any one person, association, or corporation for not longer than ten years at any one time: And
provided further, That if any of said sections, or any part Mineral lands. thereof, shall be of known mineral character at the date
of acceptance of survey thereof, the reservation herein
made shall not be effective or applicable, but the entire Use of proceeds proceeds or income derived by the United States from such
sections sixteen and thirty-six and such section thirtythree in each township in the Tanana Valley area hereinbefore described, and the minerals therein, together with the entire proceeds or income derived from said reserved lands, are hereby appropriated and set apart as separate and permanent funds in the Territorial treasury, to be invested and the income from which shall be expended only for the exclusive use and benefit of the public schools of Alaska or of the agricultural college and school of mines, respectively, in such manner as the
Legislature of Alaska may by law direct. Agricultural SEC. 2. That section numbered six, in township numcollege and school
bered one south of the Fairbanks base line and range numbered one west of the Fairbanks meridian; section
numbered thirty-one, in township numbered one north of the Fairbanks base line and range numbered one west of the Fairbanks meridian; section numbered one, in sesection to retownship numbered one south of the Fairbanks base'line served for site. and range numbered two west of the Fairbanks meridian; and section numbered thirty-six, in township numbered one north of the Fairbanks base line and range numbered two west of the Fairbanks meridian, be, and the same are hereby; granted to the Territory of Alaska, but with the express condition that they shall be forever reserved and dedicated to use as a site for an Agricultural college and school of mines: Provided, That nothing in this act shall claimior logal be
held to interfere with or destroy any legal claim of any person or corporation to any part of said lands under the homestead or other law for the disposal of the public lands acquired prior to the approval of this act: Provided fovernment further, That so much of the said land as is now used by periment station the Government of the United States as an agricultural experiment station may continue to be used for such purpose until abandoned for that use by an order of the President of the United States or by act of Congress.
Approved, March 4, 1915 (38 Stat., 1214).
Extract from the sundry civil appropriation act, approved March 3,
1899 (30 Stat., 1098). And the system of public land surveys is hereby ex- vesy startended to tended to the district of Alaska.
An Act Extending the homestead laws and providing for right of way
for railroads in the district of Alaska, and for other purposes.
SEC. 11. That the Secretary of the Interior, under Timber, Male of. such rules and regulations as he may prescribe, may cause to be appraised the timber or any part thereof upon public lands in the District of Alaska, and may from time to time sell so much thereof as he may deem proper for not less than the appraised value thereof, in such quantitina to each purchaser as he shall prescribe, to be used in the District of Alaska, but not for export therefrom. And such sales shall at all times be limited to actual necessities for consumption in the district from year to year, and payments for such timber shall be made to the receiver of public moneys of the local land office of the land district in which said timber may be sold, under such rules and regulations as the Secretary of the Interior may prescribe, and the moneys arising therefrom shall be accounted for by the receiver of such land office to the Commissioner of the General Land Office in a separate account, and shall be covered into the Treasury. "The Secretary
of the Interior may permit, under regulations to be prescribed by him, the use of timber found upon the public lands in said District of Alaska by actual settlers, residents, individual miners, and prospectors for minerals, for firewood, fencing, buildings, mining, prospecting, and for domestic purposes, as may actually be needed by such persons for such purposes.
An Act To repeal timber-culture laws, and for other purposes.
Alask& town sites.
SEC. 11. That until otherwise ordered by Congress lands in Alaska may be entered for town-site purposes, for the several use and benefit of the occupants of such town sites, by such trustee or trustees as may be named by the Secretary of the Interior for that purpose, such entries to be made under the provisions of section twenty-three hundred and eighty-seven of the Revised Statutes as near as may be; and when such entries shall have been made the Secretary of the Interior shall provide by regulation for the proper execution of the trust in favor of the inhabitants of the town site, including the survey of the land into lots, according to the spirit and intent of said section twenty-three hundred and eighty-seven of the Revised Statutes, whereby the same results would be reached as though the entry had been made by a county judge and the disposal of the lots in such town site and the proceeds of the sale thereof had been prescribed by the legislative authority of a State or Territory: Provided, That no more than six hundred and forty acres shall be embraced in one town-site entry.
Approved, March 3, 1891 (26 Stat., 1099).
An Act Making further provision for a civil government for Alaska, and
for other purposes.
Reservation for Jall site.
Any division of the court may, where necessary, order the construction or repair of a jail building at the place or places where terms of the court are held, at a cost not to exceed three thousand dollars for each building, the same to be paid by the clerk as provided for the payment of other allowances for the necessary expenses of the court; and any part or portion of the unappropriated public domain of the United States, embracing not more than four thousand square feet, to be taken in compact form, as near as may be practicable, may be set aside by order of the court as a jail site, which order shall describe the location of the ground selected, where unsurveyed by metes and bounds and by reference to natural objects and permanent monuments, in such manner that its boundaries and its location may be readily determined, a certified copy of which order of the court shall be by the clerk thereof transmitted to the Commissioner of the General Land Office, who shall cause the same to be noted on the records of his office, and thereafter the ground described shall be reserved from sale or other disposition, unless for good cause the court shall vacate the order of reservation or Congress shall otherwise direct.
Where a suitable court room is not available or can not be obtained at a reasonable rental at the place or any of the places where terms of the court are held, the court may enter a like order of reservation and direct the construction of a suitable building where the sessions of the court may be held, the cost of such building not to exceed in any case the sum of five thousand dollars, the same to be paid and proceedings to reserve the land to be as in the case of the reservation of ground and construction of jail, as hereinbefore provided.
Reservation for courthouse site.
Approved, June 6, 1900 (31 Stat., 332).
TRADE AND MANUFACTURING SITES.
An Act Extending the homestead laws and providing for right of way
for railroads in the district of Alaska, and for other purposes.
Purchase of land embracing
Sec. 10. That any citizen of the United States twentyone years of age, or any association of such citizens, or his improvements any corporation incorporated under the laws of the by occupant for United States or of any State or Territory now authorized by law to hold lands in the Territories, hereafter in the possession of and occupying public lands in the district of Alaska in good faith for the purposes of trade, manufacture, or other productive industry, may each purchase one claim only not exceeding eighty acres of such land for any one person, association, or corporation, at two dollars and fifty cents per acre, upon submission of proof that said area embraces improvements of the claimant and is needed in the prosecution of such trade, manufacture, or other productive industry, such tract of land not to include mineral or coal lands, and ingress and egress shall be reserved to the public on the waters of all streams, whether navigable or otherwise: Provided, That Entries on nav. no entry shall be allowed under this act on lands abutting ited. on navigable water of more than eighty rods: Provided further, That there shall be reserved by the United States a space of eighty rọds in width between tracts sold or entered under the provisions of this act on lands abutting on any navigable stream, inlet, gulf, bay, or seashore, and that the Secretary of the Interior may grant the use of
Alternate spaces reserved.
such reserved lands abutting on the water front to any citizen or association of citizens, or to any corporation incorporated under the laws of the United States or under the laws of any State or Territory, for landings, and wharves, with the provision that the public shall have access to and proper use of such wharves, and landings, at reasonable rates of toll to be prescribed by said Secretary, and a roadway sixty feet in width, parallel to the
shore line as near as may be practicable, shall be reserved And vor s e for the use of the public as a highway: Provided further,
That in case more than one person, association, or corporation, shall claim the same tract of land, the person, association, or corporation having the prior claim, by reason of actual possession and continued occupation in good faith, shall be entitled to purchase the same, but where several persons are or may be so possessed of parts of the tract
applied for the same shall be awarded to them according to Purchases
for their respective interests: Provided further, That all claims
substantially square in form and lawfully initiated, prior to January twenty-first, eighteen hundred and ninetyeight, by survey or otherwise, under sections twelve and thirteen of the act approved March third, eighteen hundred and ninety-one (Twenty-sixth Statutes at Large, chapter five hundred and sixty-one), may be perfected and patented upon compliance with the provisions of said aet, but subject to the requirements and provisions of this act, except as to area, but in no case shall such
entry extend along the water front for more than one Landing places hundred and sixty rods: And provided further, That the
Secretary of the Interior shall reserve for the use of the natives of Alaska suitable tracts of land along the water front of any stream, inlet, bay, or seashore for landing
places for canoes and other craft used by such natives: lands Provided, That the Annette, Pribilof Islands, and the
islands leased or occupied for the propagation of foxes
be excepted from the operation of this act. Admissibility of
That all affidavits, testimony, proofs, and other papers provided for by this act and by said act of March third, eighteen hundred and ninety-one, or by any departmental or Executive regulation thereunder, by depositions or otherwise, under commission from the register and receiver of the land office, which may have been or may hereafter be taken and sworn to anywhere in the United States, before any court, judge, or other officer authorized by law to administer an oath, shall be admitted in
evidence as if taken before the register and receiver of the Procedure
for proper local land office. And there after such proof, patent. together with a certified copy of the field notes and plat of
the survey of the claim, shall be filed in the office of the surveyor-general of the district of Alaska, and if such survey and plat shall be approved by him, certified copies thereof, together with the claimant's application to purchase, shall be filed in the United States land office in the land district in which the claim is situated, whereupon, at