Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1904.
|Chap. 546||Right of way of Fort Smith and Western Railroad through Choctaw and Creek nations, Indian Territory.|
|Chap. 546||Maps of route to be filed.
1899, c. 453, ante, p. 695.
of first 80-mile section.
|Chap. 546||remaining sections.|
|Chap. 546||Bridges authorized.|
|Chap. 546||Changes, etc.|
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section eight of the Act to authorize the Fort Smith and Western Railroad Company to construct and operate a railway through the Choctaw and Creek nations, in the Indian Territory, and for other purposes, be, and the same is hereby, amended to read as follows:
SEC. 8. That said company shall cause maps, showing the route of its located lines through said nations, to be filed in the office of the Secretary of the Interior and also to be filed in the office of the principal chiefs of said nations; 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 or maps of the first eighty miles of said line from Fort Smith to a crossing of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad at or near South Canadian shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of the Interior, the same may be approved by the Secretary of the Interior to authorize the commencement of construction of said eighty-mile section: Provided further, That a map or maps showing (sections of at least twenty-five miles in length) of the remaining portion of said line in the Indian Territory shall be filed with and approved by the Secretary of the Interior before the construction of any such said remaining section shall be commenced; and said company shall have the right to build in the line of said railroad a bridge across the Poteau River and bridges across the two forks of the Canadian River crossed by said line, but the plan of construction of said bridges shall be first approved by the Secretary of War: Provided further, That said railway company can change its located line after the approval of its map by the Secretary of the Interior in such cases where the topography of the country, in the opinion of the president of the railway company, justifies such change; but such change of line shall not vary more than five miles in either direction from the location shown on the map so approved, and an additional map showing such change shall be filed with and approved by the Secretary of the Interior before the construction of that portion of the road shall be commenced, and there-upon shall have the same force and effect as if originally filed with and approved by him.
Approved, May 24, 1900.