Mower v. Fletcher,
116 U.S. 380 (1886)

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Mower v. Fletcher, 116 U.S. 380 (1886)

Mower v. Fletcher

Argued December 17-18, 1885

Decided January 4, 1886

116 U.S. 380


If the proper officers of the United States approve a selection of school lands in disputed territory in California, outside the limits of an unsettled survey by the United States of a private claim, and issue proper certified lists,

Page 116 U. S. 381

and a purchaser under the title thus acquired by the state enters into possession, improves, and holds the land, no one, by forcibly or surreptitiously getting into possession can make a preemption settlement which will defeat his title.

The nature of these two actions and the facts which make the issue are stated in the opinion of the Court.

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