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Historical Sketch Of The Mining Law In California

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Overview

This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781113027078
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 7/17/2009
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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EARLY RULES AND REGULATIONS. "In the early days of placer mining," says Mr. Hittell, in his 'History of California,' Vol. 3, Page 252, "it was not uncommon to fix the size of a claim at ten feet square; but it was only in very rich ground that this quantity was found to be sufficient. In poorer localities or where ground had been once partially worked, the size was usually one hundred feet square, though there were many variations according to circumstances the idea in each case being to afford every man a fair chance to accumulate wealth, and with this object in view to give him as much ground as he could possibly use. The next provision and a remarkable and important one was that the claim could only be held while it was being reasonably worked. It was usual to provide that when a claim was taken up, stakes should be driven at the corners or written notices of appropriation posted up or an entry made in a record book open to the public; and sometimes several of these modes or others equally efficacious in giving information were required; but in all cases the fee of the land was regarded as belonging to the government, and no person could acquire any ownership beyond the mere use for mining purposes, and that only while being so used. A very common condition was that a certain amount of work should be done within a specified time, sometimes a certain amount every week during the mining- season; or otherwise that the claim should be liable to be taken up by anybody else. So, also, if a person went away from his claim without leaving his tools or some other understood evidence of an intention of returning and resuming work. Here, again, it was the same principle of the equality ofevery man and his right to an equal chance with his fellows; on the one hand securing 'him in his ...
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