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VOL. 3, NO. 92 Chicago, Friday, Jan. 16, 1914
COPPER BARONS ARE SQUATTE
Sixty-Eight Thousand Acres Mine Bosses Have Had Pro
tected by Militia as "Their Property" Belongs to U.
S. Government Red Tape Leads Back to 1886
,7-rCongressional Investigation Probable,
Washington, Jan. 16. That there exists no legal title to upwards of
68,000 acres' of rich copper lands now4 claimed and operated by the Calumet
district copper barons is the startling disclosure which has just been dug
from the files of the General Land Office and the Department of the Interior.
This statement is,verified by official records and public documents and
rests upon the authority of. a congressional committee and the report of
Former Commissioner of the General Land Office Wm. A. J. Sparks and
Former Secretary of the Interior Lucius Q. C. Lamar.
On page 35 of thcannual report' of Commissioner Sparks for the yeai
1886, appears this: ,
"Lands which had been designated by the United States as 'mineral'
prior to' March 3, 1865, were excluded from the grant of lands made by the
Act of Congress of that date for the Portage Lake and Lake Superior Canal.
Notwithstanding this express exception in the granting act, upwards of
68,000 acres which had been designated by the United States as mineral be
fore March 3, 1865, including some of the most valuable lands, in the cop
per range" of the upper peninsula of Michigan, were certified and approved
by this' department for the benefit of the Ship Canal Company. Suit was
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