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THE UNITED STATES
A COMPILATION OF THE PRINCIPAL STATUTES
THE PUBLIC LANDS
JOHN W. KEENER
GENERAL LAND OFFICE
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES,
September 7, 1916.
17 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.
Three-year homestead laws..
Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads.
Tramroads, canals, etc., for mining and timber cutting.
PUBLIC LAND STATUTES.
ABANDONED MILITARY RESERVATIONS.
Act of July 5, 1884 (23 Stat., 103)Sale-Settlers—Buildings-Minerals...
An Act To provide for the disposal of abandoned and useless military
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., 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 Survoy and sub his 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 of 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