Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1929.
|Chap. 76||Public lands. Discharged soldiers, etc., of World War given preference right of entries, before general opening of.|
|Chap. 76||Proviso. Persons excluded.|
|Sec. 2||Regulations, etc., be made.|
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That hereafter, for the period of two years following the passage of this Act, on the opening of public or Indian lands to entry, or the restoration to entry of public lands theretofore withdrawn from entry, such opening or restoration shall, in the order therefor, provide for a period of not less than sixty days before the general opening of such lands to disposal in which officers, soldiers, sailors, or marines who have served in the Army or Navy of the United States in the war with Germany and been honorably separated or discharged therefrom or placed in the Regular Army of Naval Reserve shall have a preferred right of entry under the homestead or desert land laws, if qualified thereunder, except as against prior existing valid settlement rights and as against preference rights conferred by existing laws or equitable claims subject to allowance and confirmation: Provided, That the rights and benefits conferred by this Act shall not extend to any person who, having been drafted for service under the provisions of the Selective Service Act, shall have refused to render such service or to wear the uniform of such service of the United States.
That the Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized to make any and all regulations necessary to carry into full force and effect the provisions hereof.
Approved, February 14, 1920.