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THE LAW OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT IN TERRITORY
HON. ELIHU ROOT,
SECRETARY OF WAR,
CHARLES E. MAGOON,
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY, WAR DEPARTMENT.
PUBLISHED BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR.
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.
Washington, October 30, 1901. DEAR SIR: Your reports upon the various questions of law arising during the military occupation of the islands ceded or yielded by Spain under the treaty of Paris, have been of such value to me in deciding the questions treated that I have determined to have them printed for the use of the officers concerned in the government of the islands. Will you please to prepare them for publication as soon as may be convenient? Very truly yours,
Secretary of War.
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In order to prevent misunderstanding, attention is directed to the fact that the reports of the law officer of the Division of Insular Affairs are not judicial decisions. The authority to declare the determination of the War Department as to the questions discussed in said reports is retained and exercised by the Secretary of War. These reports were prepared for his use and information in arriving at such determination and are now published by his direction. The writer sincerely hopes the publication may be of service to the constantly increasing nnmber of persons whose interest is awakened or whose rights are involved in the propositions discussed.
CHARLES E. Magoon,
War Department, Washington, D. C.
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