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Reserved from settlement.

Wichita Forest Reserve.

twelve (12), township three (3) north, range thirteen (13) west; thence
north to the south-west corner of section one (1), township three (3)
north, range thirteen (13) west; thence west along the section line
between sections two (2) and eleven (11), to the south-west corner of
section two o township three (3) north, range thirteen (13) west;
thence north along the section line between sections two (2) and three
(3) to the south-east corner of the north-east quarter of section three
(3), township three (3) north, range thirteen (13) west; thence west
along the center line of sections three (3), four (4), five (5), and six
(6), to the south-west corner of the northwest quarter of section six
(6), township three (3), north, range thirteen (13) west; thence north
along the range line between ranges thirteen (13) and fourteen (14)
west to the northeast corner of section one (1), township three (3)
north, range fourteen o west; thence west along the township line
between townships three (3) and four (4) north to the north-west corner
of section two (2), township three (3) north, range fourteen (14) west;
thence north to the northeast corner of section thirty-four (34), town-
ship four (4) north, range fourteen (14) west; thence west to the north-
west corner of section §. (34), township four (4) north, range
fourteen (14) west; thence north to the northeast corner of the south-
east quarter of section twenty-one (21), township four (4) north,
range fourteen (14) west; thence west to the southwest corner
of the northwest quarter of section twenty (20), township four
(4) north, range fourteen (14) west; thence north to the northeast
corner of section eighteen (18), township four (4) north, range fourteen
(14) west; thence west to the northwest corner of section seventeen (17),
township four (4) north, range fifteen (15) west; thence south to the
southwest corner of section twenty-nine (29), township four (4) north,
range fifteen (15) west; thence east to the southeast corner of section
twenty-nine (29), township four (4) north, range fifteen (15) west;
thence south to the southwest corner of section thirty-three (33), town-
ship four (4) north, range fifteen (15) west; thence east to the south-
east corner of said section thirty-three (33), township four (4) north,
range fifteen (15) west; thence south to the southwest corner of the
northwest quarter of section ten (10), township three (3) north, range
fifteen (15) west; thence east to the southeast corner of the northeast
quarter of said section ten; thence south to the southwest corner of
section twenty-six (26), township three (3) north, range fifteen (15)
west; thence east to the southeast corner of said section twenty-six
(26); thence south to the southwest corner of the northwest quarter
of section thirty-six (36), township three (3) north, range fifteen (15)
west; thence east to the center of section thirty-three (33), township
three (3) north, range fourteen (14) west; thence south to the south-
west corner of the southeast quarter of said section thirty-three (33);
thence east along the township line between townships two (2) and
three (3) north to the southeast corner of township three (3) north,
* fourteen (14) west, the place of beginning.
Warning is hereby expressly given to all persons not to make settle-
ment upon the tract of land reserved by this proclamation.
The reservation hereby established shall be known as the Wichita
Forest Reserve.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the
seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington this fourth day of July, in the year
of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and one, and of the
[SEAL.] Independence of the United States the one hundred and
twenty-sixth.
WILLIAM McKINLEY
By the President:
DAVID J. HILL,
Acting Secretary of State.

[No. 6.]
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

July 4, 1901.

A PROCLAMATION.

Preamble. Whereas, by an agreement between the Wichita and affiliated bands

Vol. 28, p. 894. of Indians on the one part, and certain commissioners of the United States on the other part, ratified by act of Congress approved March 2, 1895 (28 Stat., 876, 894), the said Indians ceded, conveyed, transferred and relinquished, forever and absolutely, without any reservation whatever, unto the United States of America, all their claim, title and interest of every kind and character in and to the lands embraced in the following described tract of country now in the Territory of Oklahoma, to wit:

Commencing at a point in the middle of the main channel of the Washita River Lands ceded by where the ninety-eighth meridian of west longitude crosses the same, thence up the Wichita, etc., Indians. middle of the main channel of said river to the line of 98° 40' west longitude, thence on said line of 98° 40' due north to the middle of the channel of the main Canadian River, thence down the middle of the said main Canadian River to where it crosses the ninety-eighth meridian, thence due south to the place of beginning.”

And whereas, in pursuance of said act of Congress ratifying said agreement, allotments of land in severalty have been regularly made to each and every member of said Wichita and affiliated bands of Indians, native and adopted, and the lands occupied by religious societies or other organizations for religious or educational work among the Indians have been regularly allotted and confirmed to such societies and organizations, respectively;

And whereas, by an agreement between the Comanche, Kiowa and Apache tribes of Indians on the one part, and certain commissioners of the United States on the other part, amended and ratified by act of Congress, approved June 6, 1900 (31 Stat., 672, 676), the said Indian

Vol. 31, p. 676. tribes, subject to certain conditions which have been duly performed, ceded, conveyed, transferred, relinquished and surrendered forever and absolutely, without any reservation whatsoever, expressed or implied, unto the United States of America, all their claim, title and interest of every kind and character in and to the lands embraced in the following described tract of country now in the Territory of Oklahoma, to wit: “Commencing at a point where the Washita River crosses the ninety-eighth merid

ceded by ian west from Greenwich; thence up the Washita River, in the middle of the main Comanche, channel thereof, to a point thirty miles, by river, west of Fort Cobb, as now estab- and Apache Indians. lished; thence due west to the north fork of Red River, provided said line strikes said river east of the one-hundredth meridian of west longitude; if not, then only to said meridian line, and thence due south, on said meridian line, to the said north fork of Red River; thence down said north fork, in the middle of the main channel thereof, from the point where it may be first intersected by the lines above described, to the main Red River; thence down said Red River, in the middle of the main channel thereof, to its intersection with the ninety-eighth meridian of longitude west from Greenwich; thence north, on said meridian line, to the place of beginning."

And whereas, in pursuance of said act of Congress ratifying the agreement last named, allotments of land in severalty have been regularly made to each member of said Comanche, Kiowa and Apache tribes of Indians; the lands occupied by religious societies or other organizations for religious or educational work among the Indians have been regularly allotted and confirmed to such societies and organizations, respectively; and the Secretary of the Interior, out of the lands ceded by the agreement last named, has regularly selected and set aside for the use in common for said Comanche, Kiowa and Apache tribes of Indians, four hundred and eighty thousand acres of grazing

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Vol. 28, p. 897.

And whereas, in the act of Congress ratifying the said Wichita agreement, it is provided

“That whenever any of the lands acquired by this agreement shall, by operation of law or proclamation of the President of the United States, be open to settlement, they shall be disposed of under the general provisions of the homestead and townsite laws of the United States: Prorided, That in addition to the land office fees prescribed by statute for such entries the entry man shall pay one dollar and twentyfive cents per acre for the land entered at the time of submitting his final proof: And provided further, That in all homestead entries where the entry man has resided upon and improved the land entered in good faith for the period of fourteen months he may commute his entry to cash upon the payment of one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre: And prorided further, That the rights of honorably discharged Union soldiers and sailors of the late civil war, as defined and described in sections twentythree hundred and four and twenty-three hundred and five of the Revised Statutes, shall not be abridged: And prorided further, That any qualified entry man having lands adjoining the lands herein ceded, whose original entry embraced less than one hundred and sixty acres, may take sufficient land from said reservation to make his homestead entry not to exceed one hundred and sixty acres in all, said land to be taken upon the same conditions as are required of other entry men: Provided, That said lands shall be opened to settlement within one year after said allotments are made to the Indians.

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Vol. 31, p. 679.

“That the laws relating to the mineral lands of the United States are hereby extended over the lands ceded by the foregoing agreement."

And whereas in the act of Congress ratifying the said Comanche, Kiowa and Apache agreement, it is provided

That the lands acquired by this agreement shall be opened to settlement by proclamation of the President within six months after allotments are made and be disposed of under the general provisions of the homestead and town-site laws of the United States: Provided, That in addition to the land-office fees prescribed by statute for such entries the entryman shall pay one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre for the land entered at the time of submitting his final proof: And prorided further, That in all homestead entries where the entryman has resided upon and improved the land entered in good faith for the period of fourteen months he may commute his entry to cash upon the payment of one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre: And provided further, That the rights of honorably discharged Union soldiers and sailors of the late civil war, as defined and described in sections twenty-three hundred and four and twenty-three hundred and five of the Revised Statutes shall not be abridged: And prorided further, That any person who, having attempted to but for any cause failed to secure a title in fee to a homestead under existing laws, or who made entry under what is known as the commuted provision of the homestead law, shall be qualified to make a homestead entry upon said lands: And prorided further, That any qualified entryman having lands adjoining the lands herein ceded, whose original entry embraced less than one hundred and sixty acres in all, shall have the right to enter so much of the lands by this agreement ceded lying contiguous to his said entry as shall, with the land already entered, make in the aggregate one hundred and sixty acres, said land to be taken upon the same conditions as are required of other entrymen: And provided further, That the settlers who located on that part of said lands called and known as the 'neutral strip'shall have preference right for thirty days on the lands upon which they have located and improved.

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Vol. 31, p. 727.

That should any of said lands allotted to said Indians, or opened to settlement under this Act, contain valuable mineral deposits, such mineral deposits shall be open to location and entry, under the existing mining laws of the United States, upon the passage of this Act, and the mineral laws of the United States are hereby extended over said lands."

And whereas, by the act of Congress approved January 4, 1901 (31 Stat., 727), the Secretary of the Interior was authorized to extend, for a period not exceeding eight months from December 6, 1900, the time for making allotments to the Comanche, Kiowa, and Apache Indians and opening to settlement the lands so ceded by them;

And whereas, in pursuance of the act of Congress approved March 3, 1901 (31 Stat., 1093), the Secretary of the Interior has regularly subdivided the lands so as aforesaid respectively ceded to the United States by the Wichita and affiliated bands of Indians and the Comanche, Kiowa, and Apache tribes of Indians into counties, attaching portions thereof to adjoining counties in the Territory of Oklahoma, has regularly designated the place for the county seat of each new county, has

Vol. 31, p. 1093.

regularly set aside and reserved at such county seat land for a townsite to be disposed of in the manner provided by the act of Congress last named, and has regularly caused to be surveyed, subdivided, and platted the lands so set aside and reserved for disposition as such townsites;

And whereas, by the act of Congress last named, it is provided

“The lands to be opened to settlement and entry under the Acts of Congress ratifying said agreements respectively shall be so opened by proclamation of the President, and to avoid the contests and conflicting claims which have heretofore resulted from opening similar public lands to settlement and entry, the President's proclamation shall prescribe the manner in which these lands may be settled upon, occupied and entered by persons entitled thereto under the Acts ratifying said agreements, respectively; and no person shall be permitted to settle upon, occupy or enter any of said lands except as prescribed in such proclamation until after the expiration of sixty days from the time when the same are opened to settlement and entry.”

And whereas, by the act of Congress last named the President was authorized to establish two additional United States land districts and land offices in the Territory of Oklahoma to include the lands so ceded as aforesaid, which land districts and land offices have been established by an order of even date herewith;

And whereas all of the conditions required by law to be performed prior to the opening of said tracts of land to settlement and entry have been, as I hereby declare, duly performed;

Now therefore, I, William McKinley, President of the United States Lands ceded by of America, by virtue of the power vested in me by law, do hereby Kiowa, and Apache declare and make known that all of the lands so as aforesaid ceded by August 6, 1901. the Wichita and affiliated bands of Indians, and the Comanche, Post, p. 2007. Kiowa, and Apache tribes of Indians, respectively, saving and excepting sections sixteen, thirty-six, thirteen and thirty-three in each township, and all lands located or selected by the Territory of Oklahoma as indemnity school or educational lands, and saving and excepting all lands allotted in severalty to individual Indians, and saving and excepting all lands allotted and confirmed to religious societies and other organizations, and saving and excepting the lands selected and set aside as grazing lands for the use in common for said Comanche, Kiowa, and Apache tribes of Indians, and saving and excepting the lands set aside and reserved at each of said county seats for disposition as townsites, and saving and excepting the lands now used, occupied, or set apart for military, agency, school, school farm, religious, Indian cemetery, wood reserve, forest reserve, or other public uses, will, on the 6th day of August, 1901, at 9 o'clock a. m., in the manner herein prescribed and not otherwise, be opened to entry and settlement and to disposition under the general provisions of the homestead and townsite laws of the United States.

Registration of apCommencing at 9 o'clock a. m., Wednesday, July 10, 1901, and ending at 6 o'clock p. m., Friday, July 26, 1901, a registration will be had at the United States land offices at El Reno and Lawton, in the Territory of Oklahoma (the office at Lawton to occupy provisional quarters in the immedate vicinity of Fort Sill, Oklahoma Territory, until suitable quarters can be provided at Lawton), for the purpose of ascertaining what persons desire to enter, settle upon, and acquire title to any of said lands under the homestead law and of ascertaining their qualifications so to do. The registration at each office will be for both land districts, but at the time of registration each applicant will be required to elect and state in which district he desires to make entry. To obtain registration each applicant will be required to show himself duly qualified to make homestead entry of these lands under existing laws and to give the registering officer such appropriate matters of description and identity as will protect the applicant and the government against any attempted impersonation. Registration can not be

plicants.

Vol. 31, p. 847.

by drawings. Regulations.

excepting that honorably discharged soldiers and sailors entitled to the R. S., sec. 2304, p. 422. benefits of section 2304 of the Revised Statutes of the United States, as

amended by the act of Congress approved March 1, 1901 (31 Stat., 847), may present their applications for registration and due proofs of their qualifications through an agent of their own selection, but no person will be permitted to act as agent for more than one such soldier or sailor. No person will be permitted to register more than once or in any other than his true name. Each applicant who shows himself duly qualified will be registered and given a non-transferable certificate to that effect, which will entitle him to go upon and examine the lands to be opened hereunder in the land district in which he elects to make his entry; but the only purpose for which he may go upon and examine said lands is that of enabling him later on, as herein provided. to understandingly select the lands for which he will make entry. No one will be permitted to make settlement upon any of said lands in advance of the opening herein provided for, and during the first sixty days following said opening no one but registered applicants will be permitted to make homestead settlement upon any of said lands, and then only in pursuance of a homestead entry duly allowed by the local land ofti. cers, or of a soldier's declaratory statement duly accepted by such

officers. Entries determined

The order in which, during the first sixty days following the opening, the registered applicants will be permitted to make homestead entry of the lands opened hereunder, will be determined by drawings for both the El Reno and Lawton districts publicly held at the United States land office at El Reno, Oklahoma, commencing at 9 o'clock a. m., Monday, July 29, 1901, and continuing for such period as may be necessary to complete the same. The drawings will be had under the supervision and immediate observation of a committee of three persons whose integrity is such as to make their control of the drawing a guaranty of its fairness. The members of this committee will be appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, who will prescribe suitable compensation for their services. Preparatory to these drawings the registration officers will, at the time of registering each applicant who shows himself duly qualified, make out a card, which must be signed by the applicant, stating the land district in which he desires to make homestead entry, and giving such a description of the applicant as will enable the local land officers to thereafter identify him. This card will be at once sealed in a separate envelope, which will bear no other distinguishing label or mark than such as may be necessary to show that it is to go into the drawing for the lana district in which the applicant desires to make entry, These envelopes will be separated according to land districts and will be carefully preserved and remained sealed until opened in the course of the drawing as herein provided. When the registration is completed all of these sealed envelopes will be brought together at the place of drawing and turned over to the committee in charge of the drawing, who, in such manner as in their judgment will be attended with entire fairness and equality of opportunity, shall proceed to draw out and open the separate envelopes and to give to each enclosed card a number in the order in which the envelope containing the same is drawn. While the drawings for the two districts will be separately conducted they will occur as nearly at the same time as is practicable. The result of the drawing for each district will be certified by the committee to the oficers of the district and will determine the order in which the applicants may make home

stead entry of said lands and settlement thereon. Notice of drawings. Notice of the drawings stating the name of each applicant and num

ber assigned to him by the drawing will be posted each day at the place of drawing, and each applicant will be notified of his number by a

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