Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1904.
|23 Stat., 296.|
|Sale of lands, etc., in Indian Territory claimed by Greer County, Tex., forbidden.|
|Persons warned against purchasing.|
Whereas the title to all that territory lying between the North and South forks of the Red River and the hundredth degree of longitude, and jurisdiction over the same are vested in the United States, it being a part of the Indian Territory, as shown by surveys and investigation made on behalf of the United States, which territory the State of Texas also claims title to and jurisdiction over; and
Whereas said conflicting claim grows out of a controversy existing between the United States and the State of Texas as to the point where the hundredth degree of longitude crosses the Red River, as described in the treaty of February 22, 1819, between the United States and Spain, fixing the boundary line between the two countries; and
Whereas the Commissioners, appointed on the part of the United States, under the Act of January 31, 1885, authorizing the appointment of a Commission by the President to run and mark the boundary lines between a portion of the Indian Territory and the State of Texas, in connection with a similar Commission to be appointed by the State of Texas, have, by their report determined that the South Fork is the true Red River designated in the treaty; the Commissioners appointed on the part of said State refusing to concur in said report, now, therefore, I, Grover Cleveland, President of the United States, do hereby admonish and warn all persons, whether claiming to act as officers of the County of Greer, in the State of Texas, or otherwise, against selling or disposing of, or attempting to sell or dispose of any of said lands, or from exercising or attempting to exercise any authority over said lands.
And I also warn and admonish all persons against purchasing any part of said territory from any person or persons whomsoever.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington this thirtieth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and twelfth.
By the President:
T. F. BAYARD,
Secretary of State.