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THIRTEENTH, FOURTEENTH AND FIFTEENTH
AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
(Adopted December 18th, 1865.) SECTION 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary serviSlavery abol- tude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the ished.
party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
SEC. 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
zens of the
(Adopted July 28th, 1868.) Who are citi- SECTION 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States,
United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, and of the are citizens of the United States and of the State privileges, etc. wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce
any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Sec. 2. Representatives shall be appointed among Apportionment or repre the several States according to their respective numof
bers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, representatives in Congress, the executive and judicial officers of a State, or the members of the legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.
Sec. 3. No person shall be a senator or representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice- Disabilities; President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution How removed. of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
Sec. 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for Validity of the
public payment of pensions and bounties for services in sup- not to be quespressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of certain debts any slave; but all such debts, obligations, and claims motheo be air shall be held illegal and void.
SEC. 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
sumed or paid.
(Adopted March 30th, 1870.) SECTION 1. The right of citizens of the United States frago indo
Right of sufto vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United pendent of race
States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
SEC. 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
LEGISLATION CONCERNING MINES.
ACTS OF CONGRESS.
An Act granting the Right of way to Ditch and
Canał Owners over the Public Lands and for other Purposes.
(Approved, July 26, 1866.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives Mineral lands of the United Statee of America in Congress assembled, That declared open the mineral lands of the public domain, both surveyed to all citizens and unsurveyed, are hereby declared to be free and regulations, etc open to exploration and occupation by all citizens of
the United States, and those who have declared their intention to become citizens, subject to such regulations as may be prescribed by law, and subject also to the local customs or rules of miners in the several mining districts, so far as the same may not be in conflict with the laws of the United States.
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That whenever any claiming with person or association of persons claim a vein or lode of out opposition,
quartz, or other rock in place, bearing gold, silver, gol, etc., cinnabar, or copper, having previously occupied and
hava ing occupied improved the same according to the local customs or penditures on rules of miners in the district where the same is situfiling diagram, ated, and having expended in actual labor and improve
ments thereon an amount of not less than one thouceive a patent sand dollars, and in regard to whose possession there
is no controversy or opposing claim, it shall and may be lawful for said claimant or association of claimants to file in the local land office a diagram of the same, so extended laterally or otherwise as to conform to the local laws customs and rules of miners, and to enter
such tract and receive a patent therefor, granting such Pointent to grant mine, together with the right to follow such vein or
any vein of
may enter the tract and re
agram of tract
lode with its dips, angles, and variations, to any depth, although it may enter the land adjoining, which land adjoining shall be sold subject to this condition.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That upon the filing of the diagram as provided in the second section of After Aling di. this act, and posting the same in a conspicuous place claimed what
proceedings to on the claim together with a notice of intention to be had before apply for a patent, the register of the land office shall patent issues. publish a notice of the same in a newspaper published Notice to be nearest to the location of said claim, and shall also published. post such notice in his office for the period of ninety days; and after the expiration of said period, if no adverse claim shall have been filed, it shall be the duty of the surveyor-general, upon application of the party, to survey the premises and make a plat thereof, Burvey of plat indorsed with his approval, designating the number of premises. and description of the location, the value of the labor and improvements, and the character of the vein exposed; and upon the payment to the proper officer of
; five dollars per acre, together with the cost of such five dollars per survey, plat, and notice, and giving satisfactory evi- of survey, etc. dence that said diagram and notice have been posted on the claim during the said period of ninety days, the register of the land office shall transmit to the general land office said plat, survey, and description; and a patent shall issue for the same thereupon. But said plat, survey or description shall in no case cover more Survey. plat, than one vein or lode, and no patent shall issue for only one vein, more than one vein or lode, which shall be expressed patent.
. in the patent issued.
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That when such location and entry of a mine shall be upon unsurveyed Proceedings lands, it shall and may be lawful, after the extension tion and entry thereto of the public surveys, to adjust the surveys to upon uusurthe limits of the premises according to the location and vēyed lands. possession and plat aforesaid, and the surveyor-general may, in extending the surveys, vary the same from a rectangular form to suit the circumstances of the country and the local rules, laws, and customs of miners: Provided, That no location hereafter made shall Location not exceed two hundred feet in length along the vein for feet along voin each locator, with an additional claim for discovery to claim for disthe discoverer of the lode, with the right to follow right to follow such vein to any depth, with all its dips variations and weinto any
etc., to cover
when the loca
to exceed 200
LEGISLATION CONCERNING MINES.
angles, together with a reasonable quantity of surface
for the covenient working of the same as fixed by local Limit to num; rules: And provided further, That no person may make
more than one location on the same lode, and not more than three thousand feet shall be taken in any one claim by any association of persons.
SEC. 5. And be it further enacted, That as a further tion of sale and condition of sale in the absence of necessary legislato be expressed tion by Congress, the local legislature of any State or patent.
Territory may provide rules for working mines involving easements, drainage, and other necessary means to their complete development; and those conditions shall be fully expressed in the patent.
SEC. 6. And be it further enacted, That whenever any clairuants are adverse claimants to any mine located and claimed as pear, proceedings stayed un- as aforesaid shall appear before the approval of the
survey, as provided in the third section of this act, all proceedings shall be stayed until a final settlement and
adjudication in the courts of competent jurisdiction of Pistent then to the rights of of possession to such claim, when a patent
may issue as in other cases. President may
SEC. 7. And be it further enacted, That the President establish addi. of the United States be, and is hereby, authorized to tricts, etc., for establish additional land districts and to appoint the
necessary officers under existing laws, wherever he may deem the same necessary for the public conveni
ence in executing the provisions of this act. Right of way
SEC. 8. And be it further enacted, That the right of way for highways. for the construction of highways over the public lands,
not reserved for public uses, is hereby granted.
SEC. 9. And be it further enacted, That whenever by beste distriber priority of possession, rights to the use of water for to of for mining,etc. mining, agricultural, manufacturing, or other purposes to be protected
have vested and accrued, and the same are recognized word ditchenpals and acknowledged by the local customs, laws, and the
decisions of courts, the possessors and owners of such vested rights shall be maintained and protected in the same: and the right of way for the construction of
ditches and canals for the purposes aforesaid is hereby Damages.
acknowledged and confirmed: Provided, however, That whenever, after the passage of this act, any person or persons shall, in the construction of any ditch or canal, , injure or damage the possession of any settler on the public domain, the party committing such injury or
purposes of this act.
and right of