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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1905, Part I
([1905])

Proclamations,   pp. 472-477 PDF (2.7 MB)


Page 473

PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATIONS.                                473 
Indian Reservation, in the State of Utah, "shall be restored to the
public domain: Pro- 
vide, That persons entering any of said lands under the homestead laws shall
pay therefor 
at the rate of one dollar andtwenty-five cents per acre ". 
And, whereas, the time for the opening of said unallotted lands was extended
to October 
1, 1904, by the act of Congress approved March 3, 1903 (32 Stat., 998), and
was extended to 
March 10, 1905, by the act of Congress approved April 21, 1904 (33 Stat.,
207), and was 
again extended to not later than September 1, 1905, by the act of Congress,
approved March 
3, 1905 (33 Stat., 1069), which last named act provided, among other things:
That the said unallotted lands, excepting such tracts as may have been set
aside as national forest 
reserve, and such mineral lands as were disposed of by the act of Congress
of May twenty-seventh, nine- 
teen hundred and two, shall be disposed of under the general provisions of
the homestead and townmsite 
laws of the United States, and shall be opened to settlement and entry by
proclamation of the President, 
which proclamation shall prescribe the manner in which these lands may be
settled upon, occupied, and 
entered by persons entitled to make entry thereof; and no person shall be
permitted to settle upon, 
occupy, or enter any of said lands, except as prescribed in said proclamation,
until after the expiration 
of sixty days from the time when the same are thereby opened to settlement
and entry: Provided, That 
the rights of honorably discharged Union soldiers and sailors of the late
civil and Spanish war or Philip- 
pine insurrection, as defined and described in sections twenty-three hundred
and four and twenty-three 
hundred and five of the Revised Statutes, as amended by the act of March
first, nineteen hundred and 
one, shall not be abridged. 
Now, therefore, I, Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States of
America, by 
virtue of the power in me vested by said acts of Congress, do hereby declare
and make known 
that all the unallotted lands in said reservation, excepting such as have
at that time been 
reserved for military, forestry and other purposes, and such mineral lands
as may have been 
disposed of under existing laws, will on and after the 28th day of August,
1905, in the man- 
ner hereinafter prescribed, and not otherwise, be opened to entry, settlement
and disposition 
under the general provisions of the homestead and townsite laws of the United
States; and 
it is further directed and prescribed that: 
Commencing at 9 o'clock a. m. Tuesday, August 1, 1905, and ending at 6 o'clock
p. m. Sat- 
urday, August 12, 1905, a registration will be had at Vernal, Price and Provo,
State of Utah, 
and at Grand Junction, State of Colorado, 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. To obtain registration
each applicant will 
be required to show himself duly qualified, by written application to be
made only on a blank 
form provided by the Commissioner of the General Land Office, 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 cannot be effected through the use
of the mails or 
the employment of an agent, excepting that honorably discharged soldiers
and sailors 
entitled to the 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, having a duly executed power of attorney on a blank form provided
by the 
Commissioner of the General Land Office, 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 nontrans- 
ferable certificate to that effect, which will entitle him to go upon and
examine the lands to 
be opened hereunder; but the only purpose for which he can go upon and examine
said lands 
is that of enabling him later on, as herein provided, to understandingly
select the lands for 
which he may 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
settle- 
ment upon any of said lands and then only in pursuance of a homestead entry
duly allowed 
by the local land officers, or of a soldier's declaratory statement duly
accepted by such 
officers. 
The order in which, during the first sixty days following the opening, the
registered appli- 
cants will be permitted to make homestead entry of the lands opened hereunder,
will be 
determined by a drawing for the district publicly held at Provo, Utah, commencing
at 9 
o'clock a. in., Thursday, August 17, 1905, and continuing for such period
as may be necessary 
to complete the same. The drawing will be had under the supervision and immediate
observance 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 comlmttee
will be appointed 
by the Secretary of the Interior, who will prescribe suitable compensation
for their service. 
Preparatory to this drawing the registration officers will, at the time of
registering each 
apphicant who shows himself duly qualified, make out a card, which must be
sigued by. the 
applicant, and giving such a description of the applicant as will enable
the local land offcers 
to thereafter identify him. This card will be subsequently sealed in a separate
envelope 
which will bear no other distinguishing label or mark than such as may be
necessary to show 


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