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MARCH 3, 1857.]
LAND LAWS.

all military sites, or to such parts thereof which are or may become useless for military purposes : Provided nevertheless, That nothing in this act, nor in the act above mentioned, shall be so construed as to impair in any wise the right of the State within which any such site or reservation may be situated to impose taxes on the same, in like manner as upon other lands or property owned by individuals within the State after such sale.*

Approved, March 3, 1857.

No. 316.-An Act making appropriations for the legislative, executive, and judicial

expenses of government for the year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and fifty-eight.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be and the same are hereby appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the objects hereafter expressed, for the fiscal year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and fifty-eight, namely: * *

* Surveyors-General and their Clerks.-For compensation of the surveyorgeneral northwest of the Ohio, and the clerks in his office, eight thousand three hundred dollars.

And it is hereby made the duty of the Secretary of the Interior, as soon after the passage of this act as may be, to cause the said office to be removed to the city of Saint Paul, in the Territory of Minnesota, and to make the necessary provisions for immediate and effective operations. And when so removed, the duties of said surveyor-general shall be co-extensive with the limits of the future State of Minnesota, as prescribed in the act entitled "An act to authorize the people of the Territory of Minnesota to form a constitution and State government preparatory to their admission into the Union, on an equal footing with the original States," approved February twenty-sixth, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven. * *

* Approved, March 3, 1857.

tary sites. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, authorized, under the direction of the President of the United States, to cause to be sold such military sites, belonging to the United States, as may have been found or become useless for military purposes. And the Secretary of War is hereby authorized, on the payment of the consideration agreed for, into the treasury of the United States, to make, execute, and deliver, all needful instruments, conveying and transferring the same in fee; and the jurisdiction, which had been specially oeded, for military purposes, to the United States, by a State, over such site or sites, shall thereafter cease. Approved, March 3, 1819.

* See Nos. 301, 344.

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No. 317.-An Act for the relief of certain actual settlers and cultivators who pur

chased lands subject to graduation, within the limits of the Choctaw cession of eighteen hundred and thirty, at a less rate than the true graduated price, under the “ Act to graduate and reduce the price of the public lands to actual settlers and cultivators," approved the fourth of August, eighteen hundred and fifty-four, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That any person or persons who may have entered, in good faith, lands subject to graduation within the limits of the Choctaw cession of eighteen hundred and thirty, before the correct graduation lists had been received at the local land-offices, at a less rate than the true graduation price, and who settled upon and improved the lands entered, or who entered the same for the benefit of an adjoining farm, and who continue to occupy the same, shall be entitled (provided the entries are regular in all other respects) to receive patents for the lands so entered, settled upon, and occupied, without any additional payment being required of them, upon their making the proof required by the circulars from the General Land-Office, dated the twenty-third of January and the seventh of April, eighteen hundred and fifty-six, any law to the contrary notwithstanding : Provided, That no proof shall be required which is not necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this act.*

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the act of May nineteen, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-two, entitled “An act to authorize the legislature of the State of Mississippi to sell the lands heretofore appropriated for the use of schools in that State, and to ratify and approve the sales already made," be so construed as to apply to lands heretofore reserved for school purposes in the State of Mississippi.t

Approved, March 3, 1857.

No. 318.-An Act to extend the provisions of the act entitled “ An act in addition

to certain acts granting bounty land to certain officers and soldiers who have been engaged in the military services of the United States, to the officers and soldiers of Major David Bailey's battalion of Cook county (Illinois) Volunteers.

States of America in Congress assembled, That all those officers and soldiers of Major David Bailey's battalion of Cook county (Illinois) volunteers stationed at Fort Dearborn, in the Black Hawk war of eighteen hundred and thirty-two, who have never received warrants for bounty land for services in said war, shall be entitled to receive a certificate or warrant from the Department of the Interior for one hundred and sixty acres of land, upon making proof either by record evidence or such parol evidence as the commissioner of pensions may require of having served in said war for the term of at least fourteen days; the provisions of this act to extend to the widows and minor children of said officers and soldiers who have died or may die before receiving such warrant or certificate.

Approved, March 3, 1857.

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No. 319.-An Act to confirm to the several States the swamp and overflowed lands

selected under the act of September twenty-eight, eighteen hundred and fifty, and the act of the second March, eighteen hundred and forty-nine.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the selection of swamp and overflowed lands granted to the several States by the act of Congress, ap. proved September twenty-eight, eighteen hundred and fifty, entitled " An act to enable the State of Arkansas and other States to reclaim the swamp lands within their limits,'* and the act of the second of March, eighteen hundred and forty-nine, entitled “An act to aid the State of Lousiana in draining the swamp lands therein,” heretofore made and reported to the Commissioner of the General Land-Office, so far as the same shall remain vacant and unappropriated, and not interfered with by an actual settlement under any existing law of the United States, be and the same are hereby confirmed, and shall be approved and patented to the said several States, in conformity with the provisions of the act aforesaid, as soon as may be practicable after the passage of this law: Provided however, That nothing in this act contained shall interfere with the provisions of the act of Congress entitled “ An act for the relief of purchasers and locators of swamp and overflowed lands," approved March the second, eighteen hundred and fiftyfive, which shall be and is hereby continued in force, and extended to all entries and locations of lands claimed as swamp lands made since its passage.t

Approved, March 3, 1857.

No. 320.-A Resolution relative to sections sixteen and thirty-six, in the Territories

of Minnesota, Kansas, and Nebraska.

Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That where any settlements, by the erection of a dwelling-house, or the cultivation of any portion of the land, shall have been or shall be made upon the sixteenth or thirty-sixth sections (which sections have been reserved by law for the purpose of being applied to the support of schools in the Territories of Minnesota, Kansas, and Nebraska, and in the States and Territories hereafter to be erected out of the same) before the said sections shall have been or shall be surveyed; or when such sections have been or may be selected or occupied as town sites, under and by virtue of the act of Congress approved twenty-third of May, eighteen hundred and forty-four, I or reserved for public uses before the survey, then other lands shall be selected by the proper authorities, in lieu thereof, agreeably to the provisions of the act of Congress approved twentieth May, eighteen hundred and twenty-six, entitled “ An act to appropriate lands for the support of schools in certain townships and fractional townships not before provided for." And if such settler can bring himself or herself, within the provisions of the act of fourth of September, eighteen hundred and forty-one,ll or the occupants of the town site be enabled to show a compliance with the provisions of the law of twenty-third of May, eighteen

+ See No. 275.

* See No. 166, 182.
| See No. 79.
1 See No. 48.

See No. 18.

hundred and forty-four, then the right of preference granted by the said acts, in the purchase of such portion of the sixteenth or thirty-sixth sections, so settled and occupied, shall be in them respectively, as if such sections had not been previously reserved for school purposes.

Approved, March 3, 1857.

No. 321.-A Resolution concerning Wolf Island.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the United States hereby disclaims all title to any and all lands on “ Wolf Island” in the Mississippi River: Provided, That nothing herein contained shall be construed as in any manner affecting the question of jurisdiction over said Island as between the States of Kentucky and Missouri.

Approved March 3, 1857.

No. 322.-A Resolution to return to the land-office at Vincennes, Indiana, certain

deeds transmitted to the general land-office by the board of commissioners appointed under the “Act to ascertain and adjust the titles to certain lands in the State of Indiana," approved July twenty-seventh, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-four.*

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That in all cases where the deed and evidences of titles have been transmitted to the Commissioner of the General Land-Office under the “ Act to ascertain and adjust the titles to certain lands in the State of Indiana,” approved July twenty-seventh, one. thousand eight hundred and fifty-four, as is provided for in section six of said act, that such deeds and evidences of titles in all cases where there has been an action on the same, whether confirmed or rejected by the Board of Commissioners constituted under said act, shall be returned by the Commissioner of the General Land-Office to the original claimants.

Approved, March 3, 1857.

No. 323.-An Act to create additional land districts in the State of California and

for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President of the United States be and he is hereby authorized to establish additional land districts, in his discretion, not exceeding three, in the State of California, and to fix, from time to time, the boundaries thereof, as the public interest may require ; which districts shall, respectively, be named after the places at which the offices shall first be established; and the President shall be au

* See Nos, 246, 265,

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thorized hereafter, from time to time, as circumstances may require, to adjust the boundaries of any and all of the land districts in said State, and

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the President is hereby authorized to appoint, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, or during the recess thereof and until the end of the next ensuing session, a register and a receiver for each of said additional districts, who shall, respectively, be required to reside at the site of the offices, shall be subject to the same laws and responsibilities, and whose compensation shall be the same as is now prescribed by law for other land offices in that State.

Approved, March 29, 1858.

No. 324.–An Act amendatory of an act entitled “ An act to establish two additional

land districts in the Territory of Minnesota," approved July eighth, eighteen hundred and fifty-six.*

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That so much of an act entitled "An act to establish two additional land districts in the Territory of Minnesota,” approved July eighth, anno Domini eighteen hundred and fiftysix, as defines the southern boundary of the northwestern land district, on the west side of the Mississippi River, be, and the same is hereby, repealed, and in lieu thereof the following boundaries are established, to wit: Commencing at the point on the eastern side of the Mississippi river where the present south line touches the river; thence down said River to the point opposite the intersection with the river of the eighth standard parallel ; thence along said parallel to the point of intersection of guide meridian number four; thence along said guide meridian to the seventh standard parallel ; thence west along said seventh parallel to the Sioux Wood river ; thence north to the line heretofore established.

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the line dividing ranges twentythree and twenty-four be the boundary line been the northwestern and northeastern land districts in lieu of the range line between eighteen and nineteen, as heretofore established in the above-recited act.

Approved, May 11, 1858.

No. 325.-An Act to enlarge the Detroit and Saginaw land districts in Michigan.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Untied States of America in Congress assembled, That all that part of the present Cheboygan district, in the State of Michigan, which lies south of the line dividing townships twenty-eight and twenty-nine north, and east of the line dividing ranges two and three west, shall be attached to and form a part of the present Saginaw district, and all that part of the said Cheboygan district which lies north of the line dividing townships twenty-eight and twenty-nine north, and east of the line dividing ranges one and two

* See No. 297.

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