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CONGRESS

SALE OF CERTAIN LANDS TO BUFFALO, WYO.

JANUABY 23, 1907.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the

state of the Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. MONDELL, from the Committee on the Public Lands, submitted

the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 23324.)

The Committee on the Public Lands, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 23324) authorizing the sale of certain lands to the city of Buffalo, Wyo., report the same back with an amendment as follows:

In lines 7 and 8 strike out the words “the southwest quarter of the southeast quarter” and insert in lieu thereof the words “lot twelve" and recommend that as so amended the bill do pass.

This bill proposes to sell to the city of Buffalo, Wyo., 1534 acres of land for a public park and fair grounds. The lands were at one time part of the Fort McKinney Military Reservation and are semiarid in character. In a letter attached hereto and made part of this report, the Commissioner of the General Land Office, after recommending a change of description in order to correctly describe the land, states that he sees no objection to the passage of the bill, in which view the Secretary of the Interior concurs.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

Washington, January 17, 1907. STR: In a letter of the 8th instant to the Department you inclosed H. R. 23324, entitled "A bill authorizing the sale of certain lands to the city of Buffalo, Wyoming," and asked for any information or suggestions that I may offer to aid the committee in the further consideration of the measure.

In answer I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of a report on the bill by the Commissioner of the General Land Office under date of the 16th instant. It is stated in the report that the bill should be amended for the reason given therein, and that as thus amended there is no objection to its passage. I concur in the report of the Commissioner. Very respectfully,

E. A. HITCHCOCK, Secretary. The CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE PUBLIC LANDS,

House of Representatives

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REPORT No. 6600.

COURT-HOUSE AND JAIL, MOHAVE COUNTY, ARIZ.

JANUARY 23, 1907:-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Smith, of Arizona, from the Committee on the Territories,

submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 15518.]

The Committee on the Territories, having had House bill 15518 under consideration, report the same and recommend its passage.

The bill simply ratifies two acts of the legislative assembly of Arizona (set forth in the bill), which acts provide, under proper restrictions, for issuance of bonds of Mohave County, Ariz., for the erection of a court-house and jail in said county. For the erection of a court-house and jail the sum of $30,000 is provided for.

Your committee finds that such a court-house and jail are badly needed in said county, and that without the passage of this bill no relief in that particular can be had by the people on account of the limitations contained in the Harrison Act.

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No. 6001.

SALE OF CERTAIN LANDS TO BUFFALO, WYO.

JANUABY 23, 1907.—Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the

state of the Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. MONDELL, from the Committee on the Public Lands, submitted

the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 23324.)

The Committee on the Public Lands, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 23324) authorizing the sale of certain lands to the city of Buffalo, Wyo., report the same back with an amendment as follows:

In lines 7 and 8 strike out the words "the southwest quarter of the southeast quarter” and insert in lieu thereof the words “lot twelve" and recommend that as so amended the bill do pass.

This bill proposes to sell to the city of Buffalo, Wyo., 1534 acres of land for a public park and fair grounds. The lands were at one time part of the Fort McKinney Military Reservation and are semiarid in character. In a letter attached hereto and made part of this report, the Commissioner of the General Land Office, after recommending a change of description in order to correctly describe the land, states that he sees no objection to the passage of the bill, in which view the Secretary of the Interior concurs.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

Washington, January 17, 1907. SB: In a letter of the 8th instant to the Department you inclosed H. R. 23324, entitled “A bill authorizing the sale of certain lands to the city of Buffalo, Wyoming," and asked for any information or suggestions that I may offer to aid the committee in the further consideration of the measure.

In answer I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of a report on the bill by the Commissioner of the General Land Office under date of the 16th instant. It is stated in the report that the bill should be amended for the reason given therein, and that as thus amended there is no objection to its passage. I concur in the report of the Commissioner. Very respectfully,

E. A. HITCHCOCK, Secretary. The CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE PUBLIC LANDS,

House of Representatives

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

GENERAL LAND OFFICE,

Washington, D. O., January 16, 1907. SIR: I am in receipt, by reference of the honorable First Assistant Secretary, of January 11, 1907, for early report in duplicate, with recommendation and return of papers, of a bill (H. R. 23324) entitled “A bill authorizing the sale of certain lands to the city of Buffalo, Wyoming,” the text of the bill being as follows:

“That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby, authorized to sell to the city of Buffalo, Johnson County, Wyoming, for the sum of one dollar and twenty-five cents an acre, for use as a public park and fair grounds, the following-described lands: The southwest quarter of the southeast quarter and the southeast quarter of the southwest quarter of section twenty-seven and the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter, and lot five of section thirty-four, in township fifty-one north of range eighty-two west of the sixth principal meridian."

The tracts referred to fall within that part of the Fort McKinney Military Reservation, which was, by order of the President of November 5, 1894, placed under control of the Secretary of the Interior for disposal under the act of July 5, 1884 (23 Stat. L., 103), and the subdivisional survey thereof was approved March 2, 1899. By such survey the tracts are properly described as the SE. 4 of sw. I and lot 12 of sec. 27, and NE. # of NW. Å and lot 5 of sec. 34, T. 51 N., R. 82 W., sixth principal meridian, containing an aggregate area of 153.50 acres. They have not, however, as yet been appraised as required by said act of July 5, 1884, as preliminary to being offered for sale. The records of this office show no claims asserted to any of said tracts, and as the lands were not placed under control of the Secretary of the Interior until November 5, 1894, it would appear that no rights by virtue of settlement thereon can have attached under the acts of August 23, 1894 (28 Stat. L., 491), and February 15, 1895 (28 Stat. L., 664). They were, however, withdrawn from all forms of disposal July 27, 1906, under department order of July 26, 1906, which order was modified by that of December 19, 1906, so as to operate only as a withdrawal from entry under the coal-land laws.

The bill should be amended by striking out from lines 5 and 6 the words “southwest quarter of the southeast quarter” and inserting in place thereof the words “ lot twelve." As so amended this Office sees no objection to its passage. The said bill is returned herewith, with duplicate hereof. Very respectfully,

W. A. RICHARDS, Commissioner. The SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR.

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CONGRESS

NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI.

JANUABY 23, 1907.—Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. ALEXANDER, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the

following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 24285.)

The Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred House bill 24283, submit the following report and recommend the passage of the bill.

The State of Mississippi is now divided into two judicial districts. There are three divisions of the southern district and two divisions of the northern district. This bill is to create another division of the northern district.

At present court is held at Aberdeen, in the extreme eastern part of the State, and at Oxford, in the extreme northern part of the State, about halfway between the east and west boundaries, and Clarksdale, the site of the proposed division, is near the western boundary of the State. The counties which are to compose the proposed division are in what is called the Delta and have grown very rapidly in the past few years. The population in 1900 was 141,152 and is now approximately 200,000. There were then about 30 miles of railroad in this Delta, and now there are more than 1,000 in operation there. Travel

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course, on the railroads instead of across country, and this has made it necessary to readjust court districts in order that the people may reach court over the railroads conveniently instead of grouping counties solely with reference to the geographical position.

To illustrate: Quitman County is not more than 50 miles in a direct line from Oxford, the present site of their court. In order to reach Oxford, however, on the railroad, which is of course the way all parties go to court now, it is necessary to travel from 150 to 200 miles over three different railroads and spend the night or day in Memphis, Tenn., going and returning. It is largely the same case with the other counties embraced in the proposed division; for instance, the people of Sunflower County now have to travel over two railroads from 100 to 150 miles to reach Vicksburg, the present site of their court, and spend a day or night in Greenville, going and returning.

It is the opinion of the committee that the proposed division should be created

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