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munication, issuance of licenses....
lands, Mud Lake, Minn.....
of Army officers, recess appointment....
Saddles, bridles, etc., exportation to Mexico.
dredging contracts, eight-hour law...
remission of penalty after final judgment.
findings of referee board....
assignment of coal-mining
Indian allotment lands ..
timber sale from Indian reservation..
authority to send naval officer abroad in
promotion of commerce......
Food and drugs act, rules and regula-
remission of, undervaluation of imported merchandise.. 261
Tariff rates, Panama Railroad Co.....
vessels loading at Colon Wharf .
of coal, common carriers...
of passengers, foreign vessels.
Trusts. (See Combinations and monopolies.)
Unlawful trusts. (See Combinations and monopolies.)
Van Schaick, Capt. Louis J., life-saving medal..
carrying passengers without certificate of inspection.
repairs to, eight-hour law.....
War Department, correction of records of, land titles, District of
transfer of naval stations to...
HON. GEORGE W. WICKERSHAM, OF
APPOINTED MARCH 5, 1909.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-VALIDITY OF CERTIFICATE OF
PURCHASE AND QUITCLAIM DEED-ISAAC POLOCK.
A certificate of purchase of certain lots in the city of Washington, which
was executed July 22, 1797, by the commissioners in favor of Isaac Polock but was not recorded until May 30, 1804, did not vest the legal title in the purchaser for the reason that the law then in force required it to be recorded within six months from the date thereof in order to
have legal effect. While the certificate in question did not convey the legal estate, yet it
passed an equitable interest in the land, and, being equivalent to a contract of sale by the commissioners, the execution of a quitclaim deed to the claimants by the Chief Engineer of the Army is not prohibited by the act of May 30, 1908 (35 Stat. 544), but such deed executed by him will be valid.
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE,
March 8, 1911. Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your communication of December 19, 1910, and, as I understand, the facts upon which you request my opinion are as follows:
On the 22d day of July, 1797, Gustavus Scott and Alex. White, commissioners appointed under the act of Congress entitled "An act for the establishing the temporary and permanent seat of government of the United States," executed in favor of Isaac Polock a certificate of purchase in the following language: "TERRITORY OF COLUMBIA:
“This is to certify that on the twenty-fourth day of December, in the year one thousand seven hundred and