Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1904.
|Chap. 377||Washington Improvement and Development Company granted right of way through Colville Indian Reservation, wash.|
|Chap. 377||branches, etc.|
|Chap. 377||Materials for construction.|
|Chap. 377||Ground for stations. etc.|
|Sec. 2||Damages to Indian allottees.|
|Sec. 3||Maps of route.|
|Sec. 3||Proviso. Grading to commence on filing maps.|
|Sec. 3||Approval of location.|
|Sec. 4||Surveys, etc.|
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there is hereby granted to the Washington Improvement and Development Company, a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Washington, and to its assigns, a right of way for its railway, telegraph, and telephone lines through the Colville Indian Reservation, in the State of Washington, beginning at a point on the Columbia River, near the mouth of the Sans Poil River; running thence in a northerly direction to a point in township thirty-seven north, of range thirty-two east, Willamette meridian: thence northerly to a point near the mouth of Curlew Creek; thence northerly to the international boundary line between British Columbia and the State of Washington; with the right to construct, use, and maintain such branches, spurs, switches, and side tracks as said company may deem necessary for the operation of said railway, together with all the rights granted to railroads by the Act of Congress entitled An Act granting to railroads a right of way through the public lands of the United States, approved March third, eighteen hundred and seventy-five. Such right of way shall be fifty feet wide on each side of the center line of said railroad, and said company shall have the right to take from the lands adjacent to the line of said road material, stone, earth, and timber necessary for the construction of said railroad: also grounds adjacent to such right of way for station buildings and for necessary side tracks and switch tracks, not to exceed in amount two hundred feet in width and two thousand feet in length for each station, and to an extent not exceeding one station for each ten miles of road within the limits of said Colville Reservation.
That it shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Interior to fix the amount of compensation to be paid to any Indian allottees whose lands may be taken by said company under this Act, and to provide the time and manner of payment thereof.
That said company shall cause maps showing the route of its located lines through said Colville Reservation to be filed in the office of the Secretary of the Interior; and after the filing of said maps no claim for a subsequent settlement and improvement upon the right of way shown by said maps shall be valid as against said company: Provided, That when a map showing any portion of said railway companys located line is filed herein as provided for, said company shall commence grading said located line within six months thereafter, or such location shall be void, and said location shall be approved by the Secretary of the Interior in sections of twenty-five miles before the construction of any such section shall be begun.
That said company is hereby authorized to enter upon said reservation for the purpose of surveying and locating its line of railroad.
That the right herein granted shall be forfeited by said company unless at least twenty-five miles of said railroad shall be constructed through the said reservation within two years after the passage of this Act.
That Congress reserves the right to alter, amend, or repeal this Act in whole or in part.
Approved, June 4, 1898.