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STATUTES, DECISIONS, FORMS, LAND OFFICE
For Prospectors, Attorneys, Incorporators
By R. S. MORRISON and EMILIO D. DESOTO
TENTH EDITION, REVISED AND ENLARGED
THE SMITH-BROOKS PRINTING COMPANY
Origin of the Mining Districts and of the District Rules. In the earliest mining camps, before the admission of California as a State, and before the organization of any of the Western Territories, a system of miners' laws had been established, the outlines of which have been the basis of all subsequent legislation.
The country was divided into "Mining Districts," some less than a mile square and others quite extensive, which have become permanent geographical divisions, and take the place of townships and sections in describing the situation of real estate of all kinds in the mining counties.
Each District Adopted a Separate Code of Regu= lations, and elected a Recorder, who kept a record of claims and transfers; and usually a judge and other officers who carried out the mining rules and also enforced the decisions of the jury of miners or the miners' meeting.
R. S.-Revised Statutes of the United States.
A. C.-Act of Congress.
M. R.-Morrison's Mining Reports.
L. D.-Land Decisions of the Interior Department.
L. O. Reg.-Land Office Regulations.
S. R.-Rules for Surveys.