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MISCELLANEOUS MINING SUBJECTS.
ALASKA COMPILED LAWS.
I. GENERAL MINING PROVISIONS.
I. GENERAL MINING 'PROVISIONS.
SEC. 2594. That the Committee on Territories of the Senate and the Committee on Territories of the House of Representatives are hereby authorized, empowered, and directed to jointly codify, compile, publish, and annotate all the laws of the United States applicable to the Territory of Alaska, and said committees are jointly authorized to employ such assistance as may be necessary for that purpose; and the sum of $5,000, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to cover the expenses of said work, which shall be paid upon vouchers properly signed and approved by the chairmen of said committees. (Act of Aug. 24, 1912, 37 Stat. 512, sec. 19, p. 518.)
SEC. 29. There shall be a board of road commissioners in said District (Alaska) to be composed of an engineer officer of the United States Army to be detailed and appointed by the Secretary of War, and two other officers of that part of the Army stationed in said District and to be designated by the Secretary of War. *
The said board shall have the power, and it shall be their duty, upon their own motion or upon petition, to locate, lay out, construct, and maintain wagon roads and pack trails from any point on the navigable waters of said District to any town, mining or other industrial camp or settlement, or between any such town, camps, or settlements therein, if in their judgement such roads or trails are needed and will be of permanent value for the development of the District; but no such road or trail shall be constructed to any town, camp, or settlement which is wholly transitory or of no substantial value or importance for mining, trade, agricultural, or manufacturing purposes. (Act of May 14, 1906, 34 Stat. 192.)
SEC. 40. The Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized to issue a permit, by instrument in writing, in conformity with and subject to the restrictions herein contained, unto any responsible person, company, or corporation, for a right of way over the public domain in said District, not to exceed 100 feet in width, and ground for station and other necessary purposes, not to exceed 5 acres for each station for each 5 miles of road, to construct wagon roads and wire rope, aerial, or other tramways, and the privilege of taking all
necessary material from the public domain in said District for the construction of such wagon roads or tramways, together with the right, subject to supervision and at rates to be approved by said Secretary, to levy and collect toll or freight and passenger charges on passengers, animals, freight, or vehicles passing over the same for a period not exceeding 20 years; and said Secretary is also authorized to sell to the owner or owners of any such wagon road or tramway, upon the completion thereof, not to exceed 20 acres of public land at each terminus at $1.25 per acre, such lands when located at or near tidewater not to extend more than 40 rods in width along the shore line, and the title thereto to be upon such expressed conditions as in his judgment may be necessary to protect the public interest, and all minerals, including coal, in such right of way or station grounds shall be reserved to the United States: Provided, That such lands may be located concurrently with the line of such road or tramway, and the plat of preliminary survey and the map of definite location shall be filed as in the case of railroads and subject to the same conditions and limitations: Provided further, That such rights of way and privileges shall only be enjoyed by or granted to citizens of the United States or companies or corporations organized under the laws of a State or Territory; and such rights and privileges shall be held subject to the right of Congress to alter, amend, repeal, or grant equal rights to others on contiguous or parallel routes. And no right to construct a wagon road on which toll may be collected shall be granted unless it shall first be made to appear to the satisfaction of the Secretary of the Interior that the public convenience requires the construction of such proposed road, and that the expense of making the same available and convenient for public travel will not be less, on an average, than $500 per mile. (Act of May 14, 1898, 30 Stat. 411.)
SEC. 42. That this act shall not apply to any lands within the limits of any military, park, Indian, or other reservation unless such right of way shall be provided for by act of Congress. (Act of May 14, 1898, 30 Stat. 409, p. 412.) Charlton Code, p. 58, sec. 7.
SEO. 46. That the Union Pioneer Mining & Trading Co., a corporation created and existing under and by virtue of the laws of the State of California, be, and it is hereby, authorized to construct and maintain a bridge across the Catalla Creek, in the District of Alaska, to be located at such point as shall be approved by the Secretary of War. Said bridge may be used for the passage of wagons and vehicles of all kinds, and for the transit of animals, and for foot passengers, for such reasonable rates of toll as may be fixed by said company and approved by the Secretary of War. (Act of Apr. 28, 1904, 33 Stat. 560.)
SEC. 47. That the right of way through the lands of the United States in the District of Alaska is hereby granted to any railroad company, duly organized under the laws of any State or Territory, or by the Congress of the United States, which may hereafter file for record with the Secretary of the Interior a copy of its articles of incorporation, and due proofs of its organization under the same, to the extent of 100 feet on each side of the center line of said road;