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and about a score were unclaimed & undesired. There were several cases of contest over the same piece of land, the trouble growing out of a party entering upon the land and making permanent improvements with or without the knowledge of the holder of the certificate. In some instances the latter party tho aware of the occupation of the land still fancied he had a superior right to the land and the improvements by virtue of the possession of the certificate. All these contested cases were disposed of in accordance with the provisions of Sec. 5 of the Act of Congress approved August 7, 1882. The justice the decisions rendered were recognized and the value and relation of work to property, and the establishing of rights thereby was brought to the knowledge of the people in a clear & forcable way. In
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