204-~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ HiSTORY-~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ OF TEXAS.
All applications for the purchase of land
x ust be forwarded to the commissioner of
the general land office at Austin, accompanied
by an affidavit stating in effect that the applicant
desires the land for a home,.and has in
good faith settled thereon; that he is not
acting in collusion with others for the purpose
of buying the land for any other person
or corporation, and that no other person or
corporation is interested in the purchase save
The commissioner of the land office may,
at his discretion, lease any of the public lands
not in demand for actual settlement, for a
period of not over five years, at 4 cents per
acre per annum in advance.
Applications to lease shall be made in
writing to the commissioner of the land office,
and shall specify and describe the land desired.
If satisfied that it is not detrimental
to the public interest, the commissioner may
execute under his hand and seal, and deliver
to the lessee, a lease for the time agreed upon
of any land applied for.
Grazing lands are not subject to sale during
the term of the lease. Lands classified as
agricultural shall be leased subject to sale,
the lessee to give immediate possession when
such lands are sold, and allowed a pro rata
credit upon his next year's rent, or the money
refunded to him by the treasurer, as lie may
elect; provided, that no such sale shall be
effected of a section where the lessee has
placed improvements of the value of $100
thereon; and provided further, that no actual
settler purchasing land within a leasehold
shall be permitted to turn loose therein more
than one head of cattle or horses for every
ten acres of land purchased by him and enclosed,
or in lieu thereof four head of sheep
or goats. Each violation of this proiso subjects
the violator to a fine of $1 for each head
of stock so turned loose, and each thirty days'
violation constitutes a separate offense.
Failure to pay the annual rent due for any
year within sixty days after the same shall
have become due, subjects the lessee to forfeiture
at the discretion of the land commissioner.
The State retains a lien upon all
improvements on leased lands to secure paymnent
of rents. Leaseholds are exempt from
It is unlawful for any person to fence, use,
occupy or appropriate, by herding, line-riding
or other means, any portion of the public
lauds; and the attorney-general is authorized
to bring suit for the recovery of such land
and damages for its use and occupation, and
such suits may be brought in the district
court of Travis county.
Fences on grazing lands must not be constructed
for more than three miles lineal
measure, running in the same general direction,
without a gateway in the same.
Patents to lands are issued by the commissioner
of the general land office when the
receipt of the State treasurer (to whom all
payments are made) for all payments due on
the land is presented at the land office and
the patent fees thereon paid.
Patent fees are as follows:
320 acres of land or less ..................... $5.00
Over 820 acres and up to 640 acres ............ 6.00
Over 640 and up to 1,280 acres ................ 10 00
Over 1,280 acres and up to one-third of a league. 12.50
Over one-third of a league and up to one league
and labor...... 15.00
One league and labor ......................... 20.00
Each set of field notes filed for. less than one
league and labor ......... 1.00
Each set of field notes filed for more than one
league and labor .................... 2.00
The number of acres of school lands located
in each county is given in connection with
the statistics of the counties, And represents
HISTORYP OF TEIE-tlS.
Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. Chicago. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/. Accessed October 31, 2014.