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CONTENTS.

In this table, as in the body of the bulletin, orders of withdrawal, restoration, and modification are
arranged under the dates of final approval, which as a rule do not correspond to the dates of recommenda-
tion. For example, Petroleum Reserve No. 32, recommended by the Geological Survey on April 30, 1914,
forwarded with favorable recommendation by the Secretary of the Interior on May 5, and approved by the
President on May 6, is given under the date,"1914, May 6.” Other correspondence is of course given under
dates of writing.

For the sake of brevity certain official titles have been shortened as follows: "Secretary” is used to
designate the Secretary of the Interior; “Department,” the Interior Department; “Commissioner," the
Commissioner of the General Land Office; “Director,” the Director of the Geological Survey; “R. & R.,"
register and receiver of a local land office.

Page.

Introduction......

17

Acknowledgments...

19

Purpose of the withdrawals.

19

History of the withdrawals.

22

Oil-land law.......

27

The placer law and the act of February 11, 1897.

27

The act of February 11, 1897....

27

Provisions of the Revised Statutes.

28

Discovery....

33

Other prerequisites to location and patent...

38

United States exclusive of Alaska..

38

Alaska...

39

Stages of development of title.

40

Patent period...

40

Location period..

40

Occupancy period...

41

The "five claims act” of February 12, 1903..

47

The "assignment act” of March 2, 1911..

48

Withdrawal acts...

48

Separation acts...

50

Act of August 24, 1912 (Utah act)..

50

Act of February 27, 1913 (Idaho act).

51

Act of July 17, 1914 (general act)...

51

The "relief act” of August 25, 1914.

53

Relation of gas to the oil laws..

58

Orders and correspondence....

59

Period prior to June 30, 1907.....

1865, January 5: Letter from R. & R. at Humboldt, Cal., to Commis-

sioner, reporting discovery of oil and asking for instructions.. 59

1865, March 17: Letter from Commissioner to R. & R. at Humboldt,

Cal., directing to withhold oil lands from disposal unless other-

wise instructed.....

60

1900, February 21: Withdrawal of lands in Sunset district, Cal., by

telegram from Commissioner to R. & R. at Los Angeles.... 60

1900, February 21: Withdrawal of lands in Midway-Sunset district and

Carrizo Plain, Cal., by telegram from Commissioner to R. &

R. at San Francisco

60

Page.

Orders and correspondence—Continued.
Period prior to June 30, 1907—Continued.

1900, February 21: Withdrawal of lands in Midway-Sunset and Kern

River fields, Cal., by telegram from Commissioner to R. & R.

at Visalia......

1900, February 26: Withdrawal of T. 28 S., R. 18 E., Mount Diablo

meridian, Cal., by telegram from Commissioner to R. & R. at

San Francisco.

1900, February 26: Withdrawal of lands in Devils Den-McKittrick

fields, Cal., by telegram from Commissioner to R. & R. at

Visalia...

1900, February 28: Withdrawal of lands along west side San Joaquin

Valley between Pacheco Pass and McKittrick, also north of

Kern River, Cal., by telegram from Commissioner to R. & R.

at Visalia.

1900, February 28: Withdrawal of lands about Panoche Valley, near

New Idria, and near Carrizo Plain, Cal., by telegram from

Commissioner to R. & R. at San Francisco..

1900, August 11: Withdrawal of T. 32 S., R. 20 E., Mount Diablo

meridian, Cal., by letter from Commissioner to R. & R. at San

Francisco...

1900, August 11: Withdrawal of lands along Santa Monica Mountains,

in Cuyama Valley, and in the vicinity of San Jacinto Valley,

Cal., by letter from Commissioner to R. & R. at Los Angeles..

1900, August 28: Withdrawal of lands in Cuyama Valley, Cal., by

letter from Acting Commissioner to R. & R. at San Francisco..

1900, September 5: Withdrawal of lands along the west side Sacra-

mento Valley, Cal., by letter from Acting Commissioner to

R. & R. at Marysville....

1900, November 10: Withdrawal of lands in Salt Creek field, Wyo., by

letter from Commissioner to R. & R. at Douglas. ....

1900, December 19: Withdrawal of T. 17 S., R. 11 E., Mount Diablo

meridian, Cal., by letter from Commissioner to R. & R. at

San Francisco....

1901, March 7: Withdrawal of lands in Colorado Desert, Cal., by letter

from Commissioner to R. & R. at Los Angeles.....

1901, April 6: Withdrawal of lands in T. 32 N., Rs. 2 and 3 W., Mount

Diablo meridian, Cal., by letter from Commissioner to R. &

R. at Redding..

1901, September 27: Withdrawal of lands west of Casper and in Powder

River district, Wyo., withdrawal of certain lands in Salt

Creek field continued, and others restored; by letter from

Assistant Commissioner to R. & R. at Douglas.....

1901, October 7: Withdrawal for one year of lands in Vale district,

Oreg., by letter from Commissioner to R. & R. at Burns....

1901, November 4: Withdrawal of tract in Santa Monica Mountains,

Cal., by telegram from Commissioner to R. & R. at Los Angeles.

1901, November 8: Withdrawal for one year of lands in Vale district,

Oreg., by letter from Commissioner to R. & R. at Burns.....

1901, November 13: Withdrawal for one year of lands in Vale district,

Oreg., by letter from Commissioner to R. & R. at Burns....

1902, April 4: Restoration of lands in Kern River field, Cal., by letter

from Commissioner to R. & R. at Visalia.....

Orders and correspondence_Continued.

Period prior to June 30, 1907-Continued.

1902, June 3: Withdrawal of railroad grant lands in southwestern

Wyoming, by letter from Acting Secretary to Commissioner.

1902, July 21: Withdrawal of lands in Vale district, Oreg., continued

to October 7, 1903, by letter from Commissioner to R. & R.

at Burns..

1902, October 6: Restoration of lands in the vicinity of San Jacinto

Valley, Cal., by letter from Commissioner to R. & R. at Los

Angeles....

1902, October 21: Withdrawal of lands in Vale district, Oreg., con-

tinued for one year, by letter from Commissioner to R. & R.

at Burns.

1902, October 27: Letter from Commissioner to R. & R. at Burns,

correcting letter of October 21, 1902.....

1902, November 15: Letter from Commissioner to R. & R. at Burns,

correcting letter of October 27, 1902....

1902, November 15: Restoration of lands in Coalinga field, Cal., by

letter from Commissioner to R. & R. at Los Angeles...

1902, December 30: Withdrawal in southwestern Wyoming continued

as to certain lands and revoked as to others, by letter from

Secretary to Commissioner....

1903, January 7: Restoration of lands between Coalinga and Pacheco

Pass, Cal., by letter from Commissioner to R. & R. at Visalia..

1903, January 8: Restoration of Ts. 14 and 15 S., R. 10 E., Mount

Diablo meridian, Cal., by letter from Commissioner to R. &

R. at San Francisco..

1903, February 4: Restoration of T. 17 S., R. 13 E., Mount Diablo

meridian, Cal., by letter from Commissioner to R. & R. at

Visalia.....

1903, March 16: Withdrawal of certain lands in southwestern Wyo-

ming continued and other lands restored by letter from Secre-

tary to Commissioner......

1903, March 21: Withdrawal of lands in southwestern Wyoming, by

telegram from Acting Commissioner to R. & R. at Evanston.

1903, April 1: Withdrawal of part of Salt Creek field continued, and

remainder, together with lands west of Casper and in Powder

River district, restored, by letter from Commissioner to R. &

R. at Douglas....

1903, April 7: Restoration of T. 27 S., R. 18 E., Mount Diablo meridian,

Cal., by letter from Acting Commissioner to R. & R. at Visalia.

1903, April 18: Restoration of T. 26 S., R. 18 E., Mount Diablo

meridian, Cal., by letter from Acting Commissioner to R. &

R. at Visalia.....

1903, April 30: Restoration of T. 25 S., R.17 E., Mount Diablo meridian,

Cal., by letter from Assistant Commissioner to R. & R. at

Visalia ...

1903, May 8: Restoration of T. 26 S., R. 17 E., Mount Diablo meridian,

Cal., by letter from Acting Commissioner to R. & R. at Visalia.

1903, May 8: Restoration of Ts. 25, 26, and 27 S., R. 19 E. Mount

Diablo meridian, Cal., by letter from Acting Commissioner

to R. & R. at Visalia....

1903, August 18: Restoration of lands along Santa Monica Mountains,

Cal., by letter from Commissioner to R. & R. at Los Angeles..

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