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456 TWENTY-SEVENTH CONGRESS. S¤ss.I. (311.16. 1841. to more than one pre-emptive right by virtue of this act; no person who is the proprietor of three hundred and twenty acres of land in any State or Territory of the United States, and no person who shall quit or abandon his residence on his own land to reside on the public land in the same State or Territory, shall acquire any right of pre-emption under this act; no lands included in any reservation, by any treaty, law, or proclamation of the President of the United States, or reserved for salines, or for other purposes; no lands reserved for the support of schools, nor the lands acquired by either of the two last treaties with the Miami tribe of Indians in the State of Indiana, or which may be acquired of the YVyandot tribe of Indians in the State of Ohio, or other Indian reservation to which the title has been or may be extinguished by the United States at any time during the operation of this act; no sections of land reserved to the United States alternate to other sections granted to any of the States for the construction of any canal, railroad, or other public improvement; no sections or fractions of sections included within the limits of any incorporated town; no portions of the public lands which have been selected as the site for a city or town; no parcel or lot of land actually settled and occupied for the purposes of trade and not agriculture; and no lands on which are situated any known salines or mines, shall be liable to entry under and by virtue of so much of the provisions of this act. t And so much of the proviso of the act of pwviw of act twenty-second of June, eighteen hundred and thirty-eight, or any order

 iI,‘;"°8Zg?%S of the President of the United States, as directs certain reservations to

directs iressmi. be made in favor of certain claims under the treaty of Dancing-rabbit ¤i<>¤S. &¤· r¤- creek, bc, and the same is hereby, repealed: Provided, That such rep°“l"d‘ peal shall not alfect any title to any tract of land secured in virtue of said treaty. When more Sec. 11. And be it further enacted, That when two or more persons thm OM settler. shall have settled on the same quarter section of land, the right of pre— gglgiggpgfghe emption shall be in him or her who made the first settlement, provided firs:. such persons shall conform to the other provisions of this act; and all questions as to the right of pre-emption arising between diiferent settlers shall be settled by the register and receiver of the district within which the land is situated, subject to an appeal to and a revision by the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. Proofafsettls. Sec. 12. And be it further enacted, That prior to any entries being 1g1¤¤'¤· ¤> made under and by virtue of the provisions of this act, proof of the setg%ggl?a?,d r;?' tlcment and improvement thereby required, shall be made to the satisceiver. faction of the register and receiver of the land district in which such lands may lie, 'pgreeably to such rules as shall be prescribed by the Secretary of the reasury, who shall each be entitled to receive fifty cents from each applicant for his services, to be rendered as aforesaid; and all assignments and transfers of the right hereby secured, prior to the _ issuing of the patent, shall be null and void. b0¤;l;S;<:g¤**¤d Sec. 13. And be it further enacted; That before any person claiming cfQ,§,,,,,g,hcb,,_ the benefit of this act shall be allowed to enter such lands, he or she mm of this act, shall make oath before the receiver or register of the land district in which the land is situated, (who are hereby authorized to administer the same,) that he or she has never had the benefit of any right of preemption under this act; that he or she is not the owner of three hundred and twenty acres of land in any State or Territory of the United States, nor hath he or she settled upon and improved said land to sell the same on speculation, but in good thith to appropriate it to his or her own cxclusive use or benefit ; and that he or she has not, directly or indirectly, made any agreement or contract, in any way or manner, with any person or persons whatsoever, by which the title which he or she might acquire from the Government of the United States, should enure in whole or in part, to the benefit of any person except himself or herself;