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OF PUBLIC LANDS.

CHAPTER 5.

OF PUBLIC LANDS.

AN ACT providing for a permanent Public Lands Commission for

the State of Delaware, and making an appropriation to carry out the provisions of this Act.

WHEREAS there is a great amount of public land within the State of Delaware the boundaries of which have not been ascertained, and

WHEREAS it is impossible for the State under present conditions to dispose of said lands when an opportunity shall offer, and

WHEREAS there is at present no supervision of sail public lands, therefore,

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa tives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

named

Section 1. That Dr. Hiram R. Burton, Richard R. Commissioners Kenney, Harry J. Anderson and Edward G. Walls be and they are hereby created and constituted a Commission to ascertain the location of the public lands of the State of Delaware and to have the same surveyed and to have public plotted and to have general supervision over said public and plotted lands. Said Commission shall, after having the said lands plotted, have said plots recorded in the office of with Recorder the Recorder of Deeds in the County in which any such land may lie.

lands surveyed

Record plots

of Deeds

Limitations of Section 2 Of said Commission Dr. Hiram R. Bur terms of Com

missioners ton and Edward G. Walls shall serve for the term of named in this

act

OF PUBLIC LANDS.

Governor to appoint successors

two years and Richard R. Kenney and Harry J. Ander: son shall serve for the term of four years. At the expiration of the term of any of the members of said Commission the Governor shall appoint successors of the

same political party as those who previously held said of position for a term of four years each, so that not more

than two of said Commissioners shall at any one time belong to the same political party.

No more than two to be same political party

Compensation of Commissioners

Section 3. The said Commission shall receive a comAuthorized to pensation of Five Dollars per day for each Commissionemploy help

er and shall be authorized to employ a Surveyor or Surveyors, Attorney or Attorneys, or any other assistants necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act.

sold

Section 4. Said Commission shall have authority by To divide land and with the approval of the Governor to divide said

lands into tracts of fifty acres or less, and such CommisEmpowered to

sioners together with the Governor are hereby authorexecute and de-ized and empowered to execute and deliver good and a tract deemed sufficient Deed for any part of said public lands, being

fifty acres or less, in extent whenever said Commission and Governor shall deem it advisable to sell such tract

or any part of any such fifty acre tract. The said Comacquire expena mission is authorized, if they shall deem it expedient, to

require the expenditure of a certain amount of money upon any such tract of land by any person or persons purchasing or of placing on such sale any other conditions which they may deem advisable for the public good.

Authorized to purchased, if advisable

Commission to

Section 5. The said Commission is hereby authorized superproduct sale and directed to care for the public land of the State of raised on pub- Delaware and supervise the sale of any material product

such as hay, which may be grown or may grow upon any such land, and make return of their proceeds, showing the amount of receipts and expenditures to the next General Assembly of the State of Delaware.

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Section 6. The said Commission is hereby authorized To lay off highto survey and lay off such public highways through any public land such lands as they may deem advisable and for the public good.

Section 7. If any party or parties shall purchase any of said public lands of said Commission under any conditions or restrictions by said Commission, and said person or persons shall fail for a period of five years to Failure of purcomply with the conditions or restrictions mentioned in chaser to com: the Deed of grant from said Commission, they shall for- tions in Deed feit said lands to the State of Delaware, and the title to same shall immediately vest in the State.

Section 8. For the payment of the compensation of said Commissioners, their Counsel, Surveyor and Assistants and all other expenses of said Commission the sum $1500 approof Fifteen Hundred Dollars is hereby appropriated and penses of Comthe State Treasurer is hereby authorized to pay from time to time out of said appropriation, orders on account of said expenditures signed by the President and Secre. tary of said Commission and approved by the Governor.

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Section 9. The Governor of the State of Delaware Governor to be shall at all times be a member ex-officio of said Commis-ber sion with right to vote on any question before said Com- Vote in case of mission in case of a tie vote.

Approved April 2, A. D. 1913.

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OF PUBLIC LANDS.

CHAPTER 6.

OF PUBLIC LANDS.

AN ACT to enable the United States Government to acquire certain

land in the City of Wilmington.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Consent given to U. S. Gov't.

Situation of said land

That the consent of the Legislature be, and the same to acquire land is, hereby given to the acquisition by the Government of

the United States of title to a tract of land on the southerly side of the Christiana River, Delaware, beginning at a point on the northerly side of A Street, the prolongation of the dividing line on a ditch between the land of the Bickta estate and the McCaulley estate, running thence on the dividing line between the said estates to the Christiana River; running thence along the Christiana River in an easterly direction three hundred feet, more or less; thence in a southerly direction, parallel with the aforesaid dividing line in the ditch between the said Bickta and McCaulley estates, to the northerly line of A Street; and thence along the northerly line of A Street to the place of beginning; the said courses being approximate, and all deeds, conveyances and other papers relating to the title thereof shall be recorded as in other cases in the office of the Recorder of Deeds in and for New Castle County.

Consent in ac

The consent herein and hereby given being in accordcordance with U.S. Constitution

ance with eighteenth clause of the eighth section of the

first article of the Constitution of the United States and State sover

with the Acts of Congress in such cases made and pro. eignty to exist over said and vided. But notwithstanding such consent and concescriminal pro- sion the sovereignty and jurisdiction of this State shall

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extend over the land so acquired by the United States so far as that all civil and criminal process issued by virtue of any law of this State may be executed on any part of said land so acquired, or any buildings or structures which may be erected thereon.

Approved April 14, A. D. 1913.

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