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appropriated as aforesaid) shall be held by the State of Iowa, for the use and purpose aforesaid : Provided, That the land to be so located shall in no case be further than fifteen miles from the lines of said roads, and selected for and on account of each of said roads: Provided further, That the lands hereby granted for and on account of said roads severally, shall be exclusively applied in the construction of that road for and on account of which such lands are hereby granted, and shall be disposed of only as the work progresses, and the same shall be applied to no other purpose whatso
And provided further, That any and all lands heretofore reserved to the United States by any act of Congress, or in any other manner by competent authority, for the purpose of aiding in any objects of internal improvement, or for any other purpose whatsoever, be and the same are hereby reserved from the operations of this act, except so far as it may be found necessary to locate the routes of said railroads through such reserved lands; in which case the right of way only shall be granted, subject to the approval of the President of the United States.
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the sections and parts of sections of land, which by such grant shall remain to the United States within six miles on each side of said roads, shall not be sold for less than the double minimum price of the public lands when sold; nor shall any of said lands become subject to private entry, until the same have been first offered at public sale at the increased price.
SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That the said lands hereby granted to the said State shall be subject to the disposal of the legislature thereof for the purpose aforesaid, and no other; and the said railroads shall be and remain public highways for the use of the government of the United States, free from toll or other charge upon the transportation of any property or troops of the United States.
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the lands hereby granted to said State shall be disposed of by said State only in manner following: that is to say, that a quantity of land not exceeding one hundred and twenty sections for each of said roads, and included within a continuous length of twenty miles of each of said roads may be sold ; and when the Governor of said State shall certify to the Secretary of the Interior, that any twenty continuous miles of any of said roads is completed, then another quantity of land hereby granted, not to exceed one hundred and twenty sections for each of said roads having twenty continuous miles completed as aforesaid, and included within a continuous length of twenty miles of each of such roads, may be sold; and so from time to time until said roads are completed; and if any of said roads are not complet. ed within ten years, no further sale shall be made and the lands unsold shall revert to the United States.
Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the United States mail shall be transported over said roads, under the direction of the Post Office Department, at such price as Congress may, by law, direct: Provided, That until such price is fixed by law, the Postmaster General shall have the power to determine the same.
APPROVED, May 15th, 1856.
PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR.
WHEREAS, it is believed that subjects of vital importance to the State of Iowa demand immediate legislative action.
Therefore, I, JAMES W. GRIMES, Governor of said State, by virtue of the authority in me vested, do hereby convene the General Assembly of said State in special session, to be begun and held at Iowa City, on Wednesday, the second day of July next, at two o'clock, in the afternoon of said day.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and L. S. caused to be hereto affixed the great seal of the State of
JAMES W. GRIMES.
LAWS OF IOWA.
RAIL ROAD GRANT.
AN ACT to accept of the grant and carry into execution the trust conferred - upon the State of Iowa, by an act of Congress entitled an act making a grant of lands to the State of Iowa, in alternate sections, to aid in the construction of Rail Roads in said State, approved May 15th, 1856.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Grant accepState of Iowa, That the lands, rights, powers and privileges, ted. granted to, and conferred upon, the State of Iowa, by the act of Congress entitled “an act making a grant of lands to the State of Iowa, in alternate sections, to aid in the construction of Rail Roads, in said State, approved May 15th 1856,” be and the same are hereby accepted upon the terms, conditions and restrictions, contained in said act of Congress. SEC. 2. That so much of the lands interest, rights, Lands gran
ted to Burpowers and privileges, as are or may be granted and
lington and conferred, in pursuance of the act of Congress aforesaid, to Missouri R. aid in the construction of a Rail Road from Burlington on the Mississippi river to a point on Missouri, near the mouth of Platte river, are hereby disposed of, granted and conferred
upon the Burlington and Missouri River Rail Road Company, a body corporate, created and existing under the laws of the State of Iowa.
Sec. 3. That so much of the lands, interest, rights, pow-To Mississippi ers and privileges as are or may be granted and conferred, and Missouin pursuance of the act of Congress aforesaid, to aid in the construction of a Railroad from Davenport via. Iowa City and Ft. Des Moines to Council Bluffs, are hereby disposed of, granted and conferred to and upon the Mississippi and Missouri Rail Road Company, a body corporate, created and existing under the laws of the State of Iowa.