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to hope that you will have all such permits canceled before you leave office.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the great courtesy shown me in your office during my visits to Washington this winter, and to acknowledge the substantial assistance I received there, especially from Mr. H. H. Jones. Without his cooperation it would have been impossible to have prepared the maps and descriptions of the reserves within any reasonable time. I hope you realize that you have performed a public service in permitting the establishment of these reserves, which seems to me greater and more far-reaching than any. thing which your predecessors in the Interior Department have accomplished. Faithfully, yours,

C. S. SARGENT. The SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR,

Washington, D. C.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

Washington, February 27, 1897. SIR: Inasmuch as it appears that serious apprehensions have been excited in the minds of Senators, Representatives, and others as to the effect of the proclamations by the President establishing forest reservations, fears being entertained that segregating areas from the public domain would prevent the working of mining entries or claims and the development of mineral deposits; and inasmuch as it is not the intention to unnecessarily interfere to any extent whatever with the development of mineral deposits which may be located within these forest reservations, I have the honor to suggest that the following amendment be inserted in the sundry civil bill:

Provided, that the Secretary of the Interior may, in his discretion, use any portion of this amount in protecting and utilizing the forest reservations heretofore proclaimed by the President of the United States. And he is hereby authorized, in his discretion, to make sales of timber on any forest reservations, now or hereafter proclaimed, for mining and domestic purposes, under such regulations as he may prescribe, and to make all needful rules and regulations in furtherance of the purposes of said reserves, for the management and protection of the same. And the provisions of section one of the act of February twentieth, eighteen hundred and ninety-six (twenty-ninth Statutes, page eleven), relating to the opening of forest reservations in the State of Colorado to mineral locations are hereby made applicable to all forest reservations.

Trusting that this may meet with your approval and will have your
support, I remain,
Yours, respectfully,

D. R. FRANCIS, Secretary.
Hon. W. B. ALLISON,
Chairman Committee on Appropriations,

United States Senate.

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THE FLATHEAD FOREST RESERVE,

Whereas it is provided by section twenty-four of the act of Congress approved March third, eighteen hundred and ninety-one, entitled “An act to repeal timber culture laws, and for other purposes,” “that

the President of the United States may from time to time set apart and reserve in any State or Territory having public land bearing forests in any part of the public lands wholly or in part covered with timber or undergrowth, whether of commercial value or not, as public reservations, and the President shall by public proclamation declare the establishment of such reservations and the limits thereof;"

And whereas the public lands in the State of Montana within the limits hereinafter described are in part covered with timber, and it appears that the public good would be promoted by setting apart and reserving said lands as a public reservation:

Now, therefore, I, Grover Cleveland, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested by section twenty-four of the aforesaid act of Congress, do hereby make known and proclaim that there is hereby reserved froin entry or settlement and set apart as a public reservation all those certain tracts, pieces, or parcels of land lying and being situate in the State of Montana, and within the boundaries par ticularly described as follows, to wit:

Beginning at the southwest corner of township thirty-three (33) north, range twenty-five (25) west, principal meridian, Montana; thence east. erly along the surveyed and unsurveyed eiglith (8th) standard parallel north, to the northeast corner of township thirty-two (32) north, range twenty-two (22) west; thence southerly along the range line between ranges twenty-one (21) and trenty-two (92) west, to the southeast corner of section thirteen (13) of said township thirty-two (32) north, range twenty-two (22) west; thence easterly along the unsurveyed section line to the point for the southeast corner of section thirteen (1.), township thirty-two (32) north, range eighteen (18) West; thence southerly along the unsurveyed range line between ranges seventeen (17) and eighteen (18) west, to the northwest corner of township thirty-one (31) north, range seventeen (17) west; thence easterly along the township line between townships thirty-one (31) and thirty-two (32) north, to the northwest corner of section two (2), township thirty one (31) north, range seventeen (17) west; thence along the section lines southerly to the southwest corner of section twenty-three (23) and easterly to the northeast corner of section twenty-five (25), said township; thence southerly along the range line between ranges sixteen (16) and seventeen (17) west, to the southeast corner of said township thirty-one (31) north, range seventeen (17) west; thence easterly along the unsurveyed township line between townships thirty (30) and thirty-one (31) north, to the point for the southeast corner of township thirty-one (31) north, range sixteen (16) west; thence southerly along the unsurveyed rauge line between ranges fifteen (15) and sixteen (16) west, to the point for the southwest corner of township thirty (30) north, range fifteen (15) west; thence easterly along the unsurveyed township line between townships twenty-nine (29) and thirty (30) north, to the point for the southeast corner of said township thirty (30) north; thence northerly along the unsurveyed range line between ranges fourteen (14) and fifteen (15) west, to the point for the southeast corner of section thirteen (13), said township thirty (30) north, range fifteen (15) west; thence along the unsurveyed section lines easterly to the point for the southeast corner of section sixteen (16) and northerly to the point for the northeast corner of section four (4), township thirty (30) north, range fourteen (14) west; thence easterly along the unsurveyed township line between townships thirty (30) and thirty-one (31) north, to the point for the southeast corner of township thirty-one (31) north, range fourteen (14)

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west; thence northerly along the użsurveyed range line between ranges thirteen (13) and fourteen (14) west, to the point where it will intersect the west boundary of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, as said boundary is defined and described in the act of Congress approved June tenth, eighteen hundred and ninety-six, entitled "An act making appropriations for current and contingent expenses of the Indian Department and fulfilling treaty stipulations with various Indian tribes for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety-seven, and for other purposes;" thence north westerly along the boundary of said Indian reservation to its point of intersection with the international boundary line between the State of Montana and the British possessions; thence westerly along said international boundary line to the point for the unsurveyed range line between ranges twenty-five (25) and twentysix (26) west; thence southerly along the unsurveyed range line between ranges twenty-five (25) and twenty-six (26) west, to the ninth (9th) standard parallel north; thence easterly along said parallel to the northeast corner of township thirty-six (36) north, range twenty-six (26) west; thence southerly along the range line between ranges twenty-five (25) and twenty-six (26) west, to the south west corner of township thirtythree (33) north, range twenty-five (25) west, the place of beginning.

Excepting from the force and effect of this proclamation all lands which may have been, prior to the date hereof, embraced in any legal entry or covered by any lawful filing duly of record in the proper United States laud office, or upon which any valid settlement has been made pursuant to law, and the statutory period within which to make entry or filing of record has not expired; and all mining claims duly located and held according to the laws of the United States and rules and regulations not in conflict therewith;

Provided, that this exception shall not continue to apply to any par ticular tract of land unless the entryman, settler, or claimant continues to comply with the law under which the entry, filing, settlement, or location was made.

Warning is hereby expressly given to all persons not to enter or make settlement upon the tract of land reserved by this proclamation.

The rights and privileges reserved to the Indians of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation by Article I of the agreement set forth in, and accepted, ratified, and confirmed by, the act of Congress approved June tenth, eighteen hundred and ninety-six, hereinbefore referred to, respecting that portion of their reservation relinquished to the United States by said Article I, shall be in no way infringed or modified by reason of the fact that a part of the area so relinquished is embraced within the limits of the boundaries herein described and set apart as a forest reservation; nor shall the right of occupation, location, and pur. chase of said relinquished lands under the provisions of the mineralland laws, accorded by said act of Congress, be abridged.

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 220 day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety-seven, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and twentyfirst. (SEAL.]

GROVER CLEVELAND. By the President: RICHARD OLNEY,

Secretary of State.

THE BIG HORN FOREST RESERVE.

Whereas it is provided by section twenty-four of the act of Congress, approved March third, eighteen hundred and ninety-one, entitled "An act to repeal timber-culture laws, and for other purposes," that the President of the United States may, from time to time, set apart and reserve, in any State or Territory having public land bearing forests, in any part of the public lands wholly or in part covered with timber or undergrowth, whether of commercial value or not, as public reservations, and the President shall, by public proclamation, declare the establishment of such reservations and the limits thereof;"

And whereas the public lands in the State of Wyoming, within the limits hereinafter described, are in part covered with timber, and it appears that the public good would be promoted by setting apart and reserving said lands as a public reservation;

Now, therefore, I, Grover Cleveland, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested by section twenty-four of the afore. said act of Congress, do hereby make known and proclaim that there is hereby reserved from entry or settlement and set apart as a public reservation all those certain tracts, pieces, or parcels of land lying and being situate in the State of Wyoming, and within the boundaries particularly described as follows, to wit:

Beginning at the southeast corner of township forty-eight (48) north, range eighty-four (84) west, sixth (6th) principal meridian, Wyoming; thence northerly along the range line to the northeast corner of said township; thence westerly along the twelfth (12th) standard parallel north, to the southeast corner of township forty-nine (49) north, range eighty-four (84) west; thence northerly along the range line to the northeast corner of section thirteen (13), township fifty (50) north, range eighty-four (84) west; thence westerly along the section line to the northeast corner of section seventeen (17), said township; thence northerly along the section line to the southeast corner of section twenty-nine (29), township titty-one (51) north, range eighty-four (84) west; thence easterly along the section line to the southeast corner of section twentysix (26), said township; thence northerly along the section line to the northeast corner of section two (2), township fifty-two (52) north, range eighty-four (84) west; thence westerly along the thirteenth (13th) standard parallel north, to the southeast corner of section thirty-five (35), township fifty-three (53) north, range eighty-four (84) west; thence northerly along the section line to the northeast corner of section fourteen (14), said township; thence westerly along the section line to the northeast corner of section fourteen (14), township fifty-three (53) north, range eighty-five (85) west; thence northerly along the section line to the northeast corner of section two (2), said township; thence westerly along the township line to the northeast corner of section two (2), township fifty-three (53) north, range eighty-six (86) west; thence northerly along the section line to the northeast corner of section two (2), township fifty-four (54) north, range eighty-six (86) west; thence westerly along the township line to the southeast corner of township fifty-five (55) north, range eighty-seven (87) west; thence northerly along the range line to the northeast corner of said township; thence westerly along the township line to the northwest corner of said township; thence southerly along the range line to the southwest corner of said township; thence westerly along the township line to the northwest corner of township fifty-four (51) north, range eighty-eight (88) west; thence northerly along the range line between ranges eighty-eight (88) and eighty-nine (19) west, to the northwest corner of township fifty-six (56) north, range eighty-eight (88) west; thence westerly along the fourteenth (14th) standard parallel north, to the southwest corner of township fifty-seven (57) north, range eighty-eight (88) west; thence northerly along the range line between ranges eighty-eight (88) and eighty-nine (89) west, to the point of intersection with the boundary line between the States of Wyoming and Montana; thence westerly along said State boundary line to the point for the unsurveyed range line between ranges ninetytwo (92) and ninety-three (93) west; thence southerly along said unsurveyed range line to the fourteenth (14th) standard parallel north; thence easterly along said standard parallel to the northeast corner of township fifty-six (56) north, range ninety-three (93) west; thence southerly along the range line between ranges ninety-two (92) and ninety-three (93) west, to the northwest corner of township fifty-four (54) north, range ninety-two (92) west; thence easterly along the town. ship line to the northeast corner of said township; thence southerly along the range line to the southeast corner of said township; thence easterly along the township line to the northeast corner of township fifty-three (53) north, range ninety-one (91) west; thence southerly along the range line to the southeast corner of said township; thence easterly along the thirteenth (13th) standard parallel north, to the northwest corner of township fifty-two (52) north, range eighty-eight (88) west; thence southerly along the range line between ranges eighty. eight (88) and eighty-nine (89) west, to the south west corner of town. ship fifty-one (51) north, range eighty-eight (88) west; thence easterly along the township line to the southest corner of said township; thence southerly along the range line between ranges eighty-seven (87) and eighty-eight (88) west, to the southwest corner of township forty-nine (49) north, range eighty-seven (87) west; thence easterly along the twelfth (12th) standard parallel north, to the north west corner of town. ship forty-eight (48) north, range eighty-seven (87) west; thence southerly along the range line to the southwest corner of said township; thence easterly along the township line between townships forty-seven (47) and forty-eight (48) north, to the southeast corner of township forty-eight (48) north, range eighty-four (84) west, the place of begin. ning.

Excepting from the force and effect of this proclamation all lands which may have been, prior to the date hereof, embraced in any legal entry or covered by any lawful filing duly of record in the proper United States land office, or upon which any valid settlement has been made pursuant to law, and the statutory period within which to make entry or filing of record has not expired, and all mining claims duly located and held according to the laws of the United States and rules and regulations not in contlict therewith:

Provided, that this exception shall not continue to apply to any particular tract of land unless the entryman, settler, or claimant continues to comply with the law under which the entry, filing, settlement, or location was made.

Warning is hereby expressly given to all persons not to enter or make settlement upon the tract of land reserved by this proclamation.

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 22d day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety-seven, and of

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