Oil Land and Leasing Bill: Hearing Before the Committee on Naval Affairs, United States Senate, Sixty-fourth Congress, Second Session, on the So-called Relief Provisions of the Leasing Bill Relative to the California Naval Petroleum Reserve ...

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1917 - National Petroleum Reserve (Calif.) - 226 pages
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Page 196 - Provided, That the rights of any person who, at the date of any order of withdrawal heretofore or hereafter made, is a bona fide occupant or claimant of oil or gas bearing lands, and who, at such date, is in diligent prosecution of work leading to discovery of oil or gas, shall not be affected or impaired by such order, so long as such occupant or claimant shall continue in diligent prosecution of said work...
Page 143 - Where such person or association, they and their grantors, have held and worked their claims for a period equal to the time prescribed by the statute of limitations for mining claims of the .State or Territory where the same may be situated, evidence of such possession and working of the claims for .such period shall be sufficient to establish a right to a patent thereto under this chapter and sections 71 to 76 of this title, in the absence of any adverse claim...
Page 146 - For the purpose of constituting an adverse possession by a person claiming a title founded upon a written instrument or a judgment or decree, land is deemed to have been possessed and occupied in either of the following cases: 1. Where it has been usually cultivated or improved.
Page 146 - In every action for the recovery of real property, or the possession thereof, the person establishing a legal title to the premises shall be presumed to have been possessed thereof within the time required by law ; and the occupation of such premises by any other person, shall be deemed to have been under and in subordination to the legal title, unless it appear that such premises have been held and possessed adversely to such legal title, for twenty years before the commencement of such action.
Page 146 - Where it appears that there has been an actual continued occupation of land, under a claim of title, exclusive of any other right, but not founded upon a written instrument, judgment, or decree, the land so actually occupied, and no other, is deemed to have been held adversely.
Page 18 - ... lands and who, at such date, is in the diligent prosecution of work leading to the discovery of oil or gas, shall not be affected or impaired by such order so long as such occupant or claimant shall continue in diligent prosecution of said work...
Page 57 - ... the party of the first part. The party of the second part...
Page 110 - ... the east half of the southeast quarter, and the northwest quarter of the southeast quarter of section...
Page 169 - Diligence is defined to be the "steady application to business of any kind; constant effort to accomplish any undertaking." The law does not require any unusual or extraordinary efforts, but only that which is usual, ordinary, and reasonable. The diligence required in cases of this kind is that constancy or steadiness of purpose or labor which is usual with men engaged in like enterprises, and who desire a speedy accomplishment...
Page 146 - Whenever it shall appear that the occupant, or those under whom he claims, entered into the possession of premises under claim of title, exclusive of any other right, founding such claim upon a written instrument as...

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