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SEC. 22. If any purchaser of timber land shall, before Destroying receiving his title in fee simple therefor, cut or destroy any timber on said land, any further than may be actually necessary for the building and repairing of fences, and for the family of the occupant, he or she shall be liable, in a civil action, for the recovery of twice the amount of damages done to the land.

SEC. 23. All civil officers, upon information on oath, penalty. or of their own knowledge. shall cause any person commit- prosecuted. ting any of the offenses mentioned in section twenty-one of this act, to be brought before them by a like process as in criminal cases, and to enter into recognizance for his appearance at the district court of the state. to be held in the county where said lands are located, on the first day of the next term thereof, and in default of such recognizance they shall commit such person to the jail of the county.

SEC. 24. The jud es of ihe district court shall give the Grand Jury to twenty-first section of this act in special charge to the grand jury at each term, who are required to especially inquire into and make presentment of all offenses committed against the provisions of the same.

SEC. 25. All fines and penalties accruing under the fines, disposal provisions of this act shall be paid into the county treas

ry by the officer collecting the same, who shall take duplicate receipts therefor, one of which he shall file in the office of the county clerk, and such funds shall be apportioned among the schools of the county where the same aç-. crued, on the same basis as other money applicable to the support of schools are required by law to be apporcioned.

SEC. 26. All moneys received as advance of full pay- Principal of ment by the purchaser of land heretofore sold or hereafter held. sold under the provisions of this act, together with all the forfeitures arising under this act, shall be paid by the officers receiving said moneys to the treasurer of the state,

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specifying whether said money is for the common school
or university, or agricultural college, and such money shall
be held as the principal of the university, agricultural
college, or permanent school fund, as the case may be.

Sec. 27. The appraisers of any land under this act shall and publishers. be allowed the sum of three dollars per day for their ser

vices. The publisher of any advertisement for the sale
of lands shall be allowed the fees fixed by law for publish-
ing legal advertisements. The commissioner of public
lands and buildings shall be reimbursed his actual traveling
expenses incurred, not exceeding five cents per mile, in
making sale of lands. All accounts for any such service
shall be examined and approved as provided by law.

Sec. 28. The board for the sale, management, and
Meetings of

leasing of lands under the provisions of this act, shall meet
on the second Tuesday of each month; the commissioner
of public lands and buildings shall be chairman, and the
secretary of state ex-officio secretary of the board. They
shall keep a record of all proceedings and orders made
by them. No order shall be made except upon the occur-
rence of at least three members of said board..

Sec. 29. The said board shall, at their regular meet-
ings, make the necessary orders for the investment of the
principal of the fund derived from the sale of said lands
then in the treasury, but none of said funds shall be in-
vested or loaned except on United States or state securities
and registered county bonds. Provided, The said board at
their discretion may, in the purchasing of such bonds, pay
from the temporary school fund a premium on high rate
of interest bonds. Provided, however, The said premium
shall not be such as to reduce the investment in such case
to a lower rate of interest than six per cent per annum.

Sec. 30. The provisions of this act in relation to the payments of interest upon the purchase money of

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lands sold as herein provided, shall a;:ply to all future payments

Investment of funds.

Sales that act applies to.

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of interest upon sales of school lands heretofore made in this
state, and the said bɔard shail, in their entries made under
section three of this act, compute the interest due accord-
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Sec. 31.

Any portion of the lands of this state gov-Subdivision of erned by this act adjoining the site of any city or town may be subdivided into lots and sold as herein provided. The board being satisfied that by a division of any such tract into lots the sale of the same can be made for a greater amount than if sold in tracts of forty acres, as herein provided, shall have the authority to employ the necessary surveyors,

and cause such tracts to be subdivided into lots and tracts of such size as they may determine, and a plat of the same shall be made and filed for record in the office of the county clerk. Tracts of land so subdivided shall not be leased, but each lot situated therein shall be sold at public auction at such time as the board shall direct, and sold as other lands are sold; such lots shall be appraised by the appraisers to be appointed by the board, none of whom shall be occupants of the lands so sold. The commissioner of public lands and buildings shall give thirty days notice of such sale, and publish the same in three newspapers of general circulation throughout the state, one of which shall be published in that county, and if no newspaper is published therein, notices of such sale shall be posted in five of the most public places in the county. Each notice shall contain a list of the land to be sold, and the appraiser's value of each. The sale of such lots shall take place on the day appointed under the direction of the commissioner, and the same shall be sold to the highest bidder, but in po case for less than the appraised value. Lots remaining unsold shall be again offered for sale at public auction, at such time as the board shall direct; Provided, That the said commissioner may adjourn the sales from day to day until all the lots be offered.

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SEC. 32. The expenses attending such sale shall be paid as othe.' expenses of sale of school lands as herein before provided.

SEC. 33. The auditor of public accounts shall charge county treasur- each of the county treasurers in the state the amount of

money received as principal and interest, separately from the sale or lease of lands in their respective counties as shown by the receipts forwarded by the clerks of the sevéral counties and upon payment of the same to the state treasurer, and the presentation of the state treasurer's receipt, shall credit the several county treasurers with the amount of the saze.

SEC. 34. School lands sold under the provisions of this act, or such as have been heretofore sold, shall not be taxable until the right to a deed shall have become absolute, except for the value of the interest of such purchasers, which interest shall be determined by the amount paid and invested in improvements on such lands.

SEC. 35. That an act entitled “An act to provide for Com the registry, sale, leasing, and general management of all

lands and funds set apart for educational purposes, and the investment of funds arising from the sale of such lands," approved February 19, A.D. 1877, being article I, chapter 80 of the Compiled Statutes, and also article III of said chapter 80, is hereby repealed.

Approved February 24th, A.D. 1883.

Taxation of land.

. Stat., 479, 487, 1877. 174, 1879, 149.

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CHAPTER LXXV.

AN ACT to transfer certain lands of the State to the common school

fund of the State.

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Whereas, The eighth section of the act of Congress, entitled “ An act to appropriate the proceeds of the

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sales of public lands and to grant pre-emption right,” approved September 4, 1841, granted to this State upon its admission into the Union,“ So much land as, including such quantity as may have been granted to such State before its admission and while under a territorial government, as shall make five hundred thousand (500,000) acres for purposes of internal improvements.”

Selections were made by duly authorized agents of the State, and were disposed of in pursuance of the provisions of an act of the legislature, entitled “An act to dispose of the lands granted to the State of Nebraska for works of internal improvements,” approved February 15, 1869; and

Whereas, There still remains undisposed of one hundred and sixty (160) acres of said land, to-wit: The northeast quarter of section twenty-one (21), town three (3), north of range six (6) west, as shown by the detailed report of the commissioner of public lands and buildings; and

Whereas, A portion of said lands was settled upon by bona fide settlers and has been so settled and improved for the last five years, and should be placed upon the market for disposal; therefore,

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Nebraska :

SECTION. 1. That all of said lands referred to in the

Land trans. preamble of this act, to-wit: The northeast quarter of ferred to school :section twenty-one (21), town three (3) north, range six (6) west, be and are hereby transferred to the common school fund of the State of Nebraska.

SEC. 2. An emergency existing, this act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved February 20th, A.D. 1883.

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