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35. All payments by the occupants of any town site for any of the purposes above named, except the survey of the outboundaries of the land so entered, shall be in cash, and made only to the trustee thereof, who shall make duplicate receipts for all money paid him, one to be given the party making the payment, and the other to be forwarded to this office with the trustee's papers and accounts. Said trustee shall also take receipts for all money disbursed by him, and be held strictly accountable by this office, under his bond, for the proper handling of the trust funds in his possession.

36. The trustee of any town site in said Territory will be allowed compensation at the rate of $5 per day for each day actually engaged and employed in the performance of his duties as such trustee, and his necessary traveling expenses.

37. The trustee's duties herein prescribed having been completed, the account of all his expenses and expenditures, together with a record of his proceedings and a list of the lots to be sold at public sale, as hereinbefore provided, with all papers in his possession, and all evidence of his official acts, shall be transmitted to this office to become a part of the records hereof, excepting from such papers, however, the subdivisional plat of the town site, which he shall deliver to the clerk of the District Court, to be made of record and placed on file in his office as ex officio recorder of deeds, mortgages, and other contracts relating to real estate in the Territory of Alaska.

It will be observed that this law does not contemplate, nor provide, for the survey and entry of lands for agricultural, horticultural or grazing purposes. It was enacted wholly in the interest of the salmon canning companies, who have sought to possess themselves of the exclusive ownership and control of all the best harbors and fishing grounds. They have been estopped from doing so, however, by a ruling of the Department, which limits entries under the act to the amount of land shown by the required proofs to be actually necessary to the business for which the lands may be occupied and claimed.

The general mining laws of the United States are in full force and effect in Alaska, but there is no law under the provisions of which title to coal lands, or even the preferred right of purchase, can be secured.

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