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STATE OF WYOMING
IN FORCE MARCH 31, 1895.
COMPILED BY ESTELLE REEL,
(From the Act of Admission of the State of Wyoming, approved July 10, 1890)
Sec. 4. That sections numbered 16 and 36 in every township of said proposed State, and, where such sections, or any parts thereof, have been sold or otherwise disposed of by or under the authority of any act of Congress, other lands equivalent thereto, in legal sub-divisions of not less than one quarter section, and as contiguous as may be to the section in lieu of which the same is taken, are hereby granted to said State for the support of common schools, such indemnity lands to be selected within said State in such manner as the Legislature may provide, with the approval of the Secretary of the Interior; Frovided, That Section 6 of the act of Congress of August 9, 1888, entitled, “An act to authorize the leasing of the school and university lands in the Territory of Wyoming, and for other purposes,” shall apply to the school and university indemnity lands of the said State of Wyoming, so far as applicable
1) ISPOSAL OF GRANTED LANDS.
Sec. 5. That all lands herein granted for educational purposes shall be disposed of only at public sale, the proceeds to constitute a permanent school fund, the interest of which only shall be expended in the support of said schools. But said lands may, under such regulations as the Legislature shall prescribe, be leased for periods of not more than five years, in quantities
not exceeding one section to any one person or company; and such land shall not be subject to pre-emption, homestead entry, or any other entry under the land laws of the Unlted States, whether surveyed or unsurveyed, but shall be reserved for school purposes only.
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Sec. 7. That 5 per cent. of the proceeds of the sales of public lands lying within said State which shall be sold by the United States subsequent to the admission of said State into the Union, after deducting all expenses incident to the same, shall be paid to the said State, to be used as a permanent fund, the interest of which only shall be expended for the support of the common schools within said State.
LANDS GRANTED FOH SCHOOL PUHPOSES.
Sec. 8. That the lands granted to the Territory of Wyoming by the act of February 18, 1881, entitled, “An act to grant lands to Dakota, Montana, Arizona, Idaho and Wyoming, for university purposes,” are hereby vested in the State of Wyoming, to the extent of the full quantity of seventy-two sections to said State, and any portion of said lands that may not have been selected by said Territory of Wyoming may be selected by the said State; but said act of February 18, 1881, should be so amended as to provide that none of said lands shall be sold for less than $10 per acre, and the proceeds shall constitute a permanent fund to be safely invested and held by said State, and the income thereof be used exclusively for university purposes. The schools, colleges and universities provided for in this act shall forever remain under the exclusive control of the said State, and no part of the proceeds arising from the sale or disposal of any lands herein granted for educational purposes shall be used for the support of any sectarian or denominational school, college or university.
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AGRICU] ..TUHAL LANDS.
Sec. 10. That 90,000 acres of land, to be selected and located as provided in Section 4 of this act, are hereby granted to said State for the use and support of an Agricultural College in said State, as provided in the acts of Congress making donations of lands for such purposes.
MINER AL LANDS EXCEPTED FROM GRANTS.
Sec. 13. That all mineral lands shall be exempted from the grants made by this act. But if Sections 16 and 36, or any sub-division or portion of any smallest sub division thereof in any township, shall be found by the Department of the Interior to be mineral lands, said State is hereby authorized and empowered to select, in legal sub-divisions, an equal quantity of other unappropriated lands in said State in lieu thereof, for the use and the benefit of the common schools of said State.
SELECTION OF LANDS.
Sec. 14. That all lands granted in quantity or as indemmity by this act, shall be selected, under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior, from the surveyed, unsurveyed and unappropriated public lands of the United States within the limits of the State entitled thereto. And there shall be deducted from the number of acres of land donated by this act for specific objects to said State, the number of acres heretofore donated by Congress to said Territory for similar objects.
PROVIDING FOR ELECTION OF STATE OFFICERS, INCLUDING A SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION.
Sec. 11. There shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the State at the times and places of choosing members of the Legislature, a Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, and Superintendent of Public Instruction, who shall have attained the age of twenty-five years respectively, shall be citizens of the United States, and shall have the qualification of State electors. They shall severally hold their offices at the seat of government for the term of four (4) years and until their successors are