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leased: Northeast quarter of section 36; east half of the northwest quarter of section 36, township 6 north, range 18 east; southeast quarter of southwest quarter and south half of southeast quarter of section 25, township 6 north, range 18 east; embracing 360 acres, more or less.
SEC. 2. That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he hereby is, authorized and directed to permit the Eastern Coal & Mining Co. to relinquish certain lands embraced in its existing Choctaw and Chickasaw coal lease, which have been demonstrated to be not valuable for coal, as follows: South half of the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter, southwest quarter of the northwest quarter, south half of the southeast quarter of the southeast quarter, northeast quarter of the southwest quarter of section 1, township 5 north, range 18 east; embracing 120 acres, more or less; and to include within the lease in lieu thereof the following-described land, which is within the segregated coal area and unleased: Southwest quarter. of the southwest quarter of section 30, township 6 north, range 19 east; west half of the northwest quarter of section 31, township 6 north, range 19 east; embracing 120 acres, more or less.
37 STAT. 518, p. 531, AUGUST 24, 1912.
IMPROVEMENTS ON COAL LANDS.
AN ACT Making appropriations for the current and contingent expenses of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, for fulfilling treaty stipulations with various Indian tribes, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1913.
Be it enacted, etc., That the following sums be and they are hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the purpose of paying the current and contingent expenses of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, for fulfilling treaty stipulations with various Indian tribes, * * *
SEC. 18. For expenses of administration of the affairs of the Five Civilized Tribes, Oklahoma, and the compensation of employees, $200,000.
To enable the Secretary of the Interior to make the appraisement and sale hereinafter provided, $5,000: Provided, That the houses and other valuable improvements, not including fencing and tillage, placed upon the segregated coal and asphalt lands in the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations, in Oklahoma, by private individuals, while in actual possession of said land and prior to February 19, 1912, and not purchased by the Indian Nations, shall be appraised independently of the surface of the land on which they are located and shall be sold with the land at public auction at not less than the combined appraised value of the improvements and the surface of the land upon which they are located. Said improvements shall be sold for cash and the appraisement and sale of the same shall be made under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior and 95 per centum of the amount realized from the sale of the improvements shall be paid over under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior to the owner of the improvements and the appropriation hereinbefore made for this purpose shall be reimbursed out of the 5 per centum retained from the sale of the said improvements: Provided, That
any improvements remaining unsold at the expiration of two years from the time when first offered for sale shall be sold under such regulations and terms of sale, independent of their appraised value, as the Secretary of the Interior may prescribe: Provided further, That persons owning improvements so appraised may remove the same at any time prior to the sale thereof, in which event the appraised value of the improvements and land shall be reduced by deducting the appraised value of the improvements so removed: Provided further, That this section shall not apply to improvements placed on said lands by coal and asphalt lessees for mining purposes, but improvements located on lands leased for mining purposes belonging to, or heretofore paid for by, the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations shall be appraised and the appraised value thereof shall be added to the appraised value of the land at the time of the sale: Provided further, That where any cemetery now exists on the said segregated coal and asphalt lands, the surface of the land within said cemetery, together with the land adjoining the same, where necessary, not exceeding 20 acres in the aggregate to any one cemetery, and where a church was in existence on said lands on February 19, 1912, land not exceeding 1 acre for each church may, in the discretion of the Secretary of the Interior, be sold to the proper party, association, or corporation, under such terms, conditions, and regulations as he may prescribe, provided application to purchase the same for such purpose is made within 60 days from the date of the approval of this act.
9 STAT. 395, MARCH 3, 1849.
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR-SUPERVISION OF MINERALS
AN ACT To establish the home department (Interior), etc.
Be it enacted, etc., That from and after the passage of this act there shall be created a new executive department of the Government of the United States, to be called the Department of the Interior.
SEC. 8. That the supervisory and appellate powers now exercised by the Secretary of the Treasury over the lead and other mines of the United States, and over the accounts of the agents thereof, shall be exercised by the Secretary of the Interior; who shall sign all requisitions for the advance or payment of money out of the Treasury, on estimates or accounts, subject to the same adjustment or control now exercised on similar estimates or accounts by the Second Auditor and Second Comptroller of the Treasury.
* See sec. 441 R. S., p. 829.
31 STAT. 960, p. 1003, MARCH 3, 1901.
AN ACT Making appropriations for the legislative, executive, and judicial expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1902, etc.
Be it enacted, etc., That the following sums be, and the same are hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, in full compensation for the service of the fiscal year ending June 30, 1902, for the objects hereinafter expressed, namely: * * Provided, That the stationery and drafting instruments hereafter purchased for exclusive use in the offices of the surveyors general in the preparation of plats and field notes of mineral surveys, as also the rent of additional quarters that may be necessary for the execution of such work, shall be paid for out of the fund created by deposits made by individuals to the credit of the United States to cover the cost of office work on such mineral surveys.
A. PAYMENT OF EXPENSES OF PLATS AND FIELD NOTES.
By this statute the stationery and drafting instruments purchased exclusively for use in the preparation of plats and field notes of mineral surveys as well as the rent of additional quarters necessary for such work must be paid out of the mineral survey deposit funds.
Hanson, In re, 38 L. D. 469, p. 471.
See salines and salt springs: 2 Stat. 445, p. 1197; 3 Stat. 256, p. 1199; 5 Stat. 507, p.
3 STAT. 332, APRIL 29, 1816.
LEAD MINES AND SALINES ILLINOIS, MICHIGAN, AND MISSOURI.
AN ACT To authorize the survey of 2,000,000 acres of the public lands, in lieu of that quantity authorized to be surveyed, in the Territory of Michigan, as military bounty lands.
Be it enacted, etc., That so much of the "Act to provide for designating, surveying, and granting the military bounty lands," approved the 6th day of May, 1812, as authorizes the President of the United States to cause to be surveyed 2,000,000 acres of the lands of the United States, in the Territory of Michigan, for the purpose of satisfying the bounties of lands promised to the noncommissioned officers and soldiers of the United States, be, and the same is hereby repealed; and in lieu of the said 2,000,000 acres of land the President of the United States be, and he is hereby authorized to cause to be surveyed, of the lands of the United States fit for cultivation not otherwise appropriated, and to which the Indian title is extinguished, 1,500,000 acres in the Illinois Territory, and 500,000 acres in the Missouri Territory north of the river Missouri; the said lands shall be divided into townships and subdivided into sections and quarter sections, each quarter section to contain, as near as possible, 160 acres, in the manner prescribed by law for surveying and subdividing the other lands of the United States; and the land thus surveyed, with the exception of the salt springs and lead mines therein, and of the quantities of lands adjacent thereto as may be reserved for the use of the same by the President of the United States, and the section number 16 in every township, to be granted to the inhabitants of such township for the use of public schools, shall, according to the provisions of the above-recited act, be set apart for the purpose of satisfying the bounties of land promised to the noncommissioned officers and soldiers of the late Army of the United States, their heirs and legal representatives, by the act entitled "An act for completing the existing military establishments, approved the 24th day of December, 1811," and by the act entitled "An act to raise an additional military force," approved January 11, 1812.
4 STAT. 364, MARCH 3, 1829.
RESERVED LEAD MINES-SALE-MISSOURI.
AN ACT To authorize the President of the United States to cause the reserved lead mines in the State of Missouri to be exposed to public sale.
Be it enacted, etc., That the President be, and he hereby is, authorized, at any time that he shall think proper, to cause the reserved
lead mines, and contiguous lands, in the State of Missouri, belonging to the United States, and unclaimed by individuals, to be exposed to sale, in the same manner that other public lands are authorized by law to be sold, except as hereinafter provided.
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That six months' notice, at least, of the times and places of the said sales, shall be given in such newspapers of general circulation in such of the States as the President may think expedient, with a brief description of the mineral region in Missouri, and of the lands to be offered for sale, showing the number and the localities of the different mines now known, the probability of discovering others, the quality of the ore, the facilities for working it, the further facilities, if any, for manufactories of shot, sheet lead, and paints, and the means and expense of transporting the whole to the principal markets in the United States.
SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That in all cases of confirmation or sales of lands in Missouri, reported to contain lead ore, the patent shall be issued to the person in whose favor the confirmation has been made, or to the purchaser from the United States, or their heirs or assignees, as in ordinary cases of confirmation or sales.
A. LEAD MINES-DISPOSAL.
B. SALT SPRINGS DISPOSAL.
C. LEASING SALINES AND LEAD MINES.
A. LEAD MINES-DISPOSAL.
By this act Congress directed an absolute disposition of the reserved lead mines and contiguous lands in the State of Missouri.
Lease of Mineral Lands, In re, 4 Op. Atty. Genl. 480, p. 488.
B. SALT SPRINGS-DISPOSAL.
By this act Congress directed an absolute disposition by sale of the reserved salt springs and contiguous lands in the State of Missouri.
Lease of Mineral Lands, In re, 4 Op. Atty. Genl. 480, p. 488.
C. LEASING SALINES AND LEAD MINES.
The repeated legislation by Congress on the subject of salines and lead mines, with the full knowledge of the exercise of the power of leasing such lands west of the Mississippi River, has established the power and usage too strongly to be disturbed. Lease of Lead Mines, In re, 4 Op. Atty. Genl. 499.
4 STAT. 686, JUNE 26, 1834.
SALE OF LEAD MINES-ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI.
AN ACT To create additional land districts in Illinois and Missouri and in territory north of Illinois.
Be it enacted, etc., * * *
SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, That the President shall be authorized, so soon as the survey shall have been completed, to cause to be offered for sale, in the manner prescribed by law, all the lands lying in said land districts, at the land offices in the respective districts in which the land so offered is embraced, reserving only sec