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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])

Report of the Indian inspector for Indian territory,   pp. 705-792 PDF (36.9 MB)


Page 714

714      REPORTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR. 
been made by authority of the Department. These assignments are 
as follows: 
Leases. 
Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad Company to Great Western Coal and 
Coke Company-----------------------------------------------------2 
Choctaw, Oklahoma And Gulf Railroad Company to the Hailey-Ola Coal 
Company----------------------------------------------------------2 
Johnson Company to Sans Bois Coal Company---------------------------1 
H. Newton McEvers to James J. McAlester------------------------------I 
Four leases of the Southwestern Development Company approved 
April 4, 1902, were canceled by the Department at the request of 
the lessee on September 24, 1904, the company reporting that there 
was no coal under such leases that could be profitably operated. 
The coal output, practically all of which.comes from the Choctaw 
Nation, for each fiscal year since the supervision of these leases was 
placed under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior is given 
in the following statement: 
Tons. 
July 1, 1898, to June 30, 1899---------------------------------- 1,404,442
July 1, 1899, to June 30, 1900-----------------------------------1,900, 127
July 1, 1900, to June 30, 1901  .                            2-------2 398,
156 
July 1, 1901, to June 30, 1902---------------------------------- 2, 735,365
July 1, 1902, to June 30, 1903-----------------------------------3, 187,
035 
July 1, 1903, to June 30, 1904----------------------------------3,198,862
July 1, 1904, to June 30, 19052-------------------------------- 2,859,516
The operation of asphalt mines, which are principally in the Chick- 
asaw Nation, as a rule has not proven profitable, and only a small 
amount has been mined. The total amount mined during the fiscal 
year 1905 was about 10,115 tons. 
The royalty on coal and asphalt collected and placed to the credit 
of the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes during the fiscal year is shown 
by the report of the United States Indian agent to be $245,858.56 for 
coal and $2,569.80 for asphalt, a total of $248,428.36. 
These amounts include certain payments of advanced royalty, as 
required by the leases, and therefore do not agree with the reported 
output in tons. I submit below a comparative statement showing 
revenues derived from this source for each fiscal year since the matter 
was placed under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior: 
July 1, 1898, to June 30, 1899---------------------------------$110, 145.
25 
July 1, 1899, to June 30, 1900 .....-138,486.40 
July 1, 1900, to June 30, 1901----------------------------------199, 663.55
July 1, 1901, to June 30, 1902----------------------------------247,361.36
July 1, 1902, to June 30, 1903----------------------------------261, 929.84
July 1, 1903, to June 30, 1904----------------------------------277,811.
60 
July 1, 1904, to June 30, 1905--------------------------------248,428. 36
The operations of each lessee are under the supervision of the min- 
ing trustees, who carefully check their records each month and make 
report quarterly to the Department, showing the number of tons 
mined by each operator. 
These reports showing the quantities mined and royalties due are 
checked with the records of the United States Indian agent to whom 
the payments are made, and when the same show any discrepancy the 
matter is at once investigated and properly adjusted. 
As stated in my report for the fiscal year 1904, a number of lessees 
failed to comply with the terms of their leases or the regulations of 
the Department requiring a minimum yearly output, and by direction 


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