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[Printer's No, 575.          42D Congress, 2D Session         H.R. 764.
      December 18, 1871

     Read twice, referred to the Committee on Public Lands, and ordered to be printed.

     Mr. Clagett, on leave, introduced the following bill:

     A BILL

     To set apart a certain tract of land lying near the head-waters of the Yellowstone River as a public park.

1     Be it inacted by the Senate and The House of Representa-
2      tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

3      That the tract of land lying in the Territories of Montana and
4      Wyoming, lying near the head-waters of the Yellowstone
5      River, and described as follows, to wit: Commencing at the
6      junction of Gardiner's River and the Yellowstone River and
7      running east to the meridian, passing ten miles to the east-
8      ward of the most eastern point of the Yellowstone Lake; thence
9      south along said meridian to the parallel of latitude passing
10      ten miles south of the most southern point of Yellowstone
11      Lake; thence west along said parallel to the meridian pas
12      sing fifteen miles west of the most western point of Madison
13      Lake; thence north along said meridian to the latitude of the
14      junction of the Yellowstone and the Gardiner's Rivers, thence
15      east to the place of beginning, is thereby reserved and with-
16      drawn from settelement, occupancy or sale, under the laws of
17      the United States, and dedicated and set apart as a public
18      park or pleasuring ground for the benefit and enjoyment of
19      the people; and all persons who shall, after the passage of
20      this act, locate or settle upon the same, or any part thereof,
21      except as hereinafter provided, shall be considered trespassers
22      and removed therefrom.
1           SEC 2. That said public park shall be under the exclusive
2      control of the Secretary of the Interior, whose duty it shall
3      be, as soon as practical, to make and publish such rules and
4      regulations as he may deem necessary and proper for the care
5      and management of the same. Such regulations shall pro-
6      vide for the preservation, from injury or spoliation, of all tim
7      ber, mineral deposits, natural curiosities or wonders within
8      said park, and their retention in their natural condition. The
9      Secretary, in his discretion, grant leases for building pur-
10      poses for term not exceeding ten years, of small parcels of
11      ground of such places in said park as shall require the erection
12      of buildings for the acommodation of visitors; all of the pro-
13      ceeds of said leases, and all other revenues that maybe
14      derived from any source connected with said park, to be ec-
15      expended under his direction in the management of the same,
16      and the construction of roads and bridle-paths therein. He
17      shall provide against the wanton destruction of the fish and
18      game found within said park, and against their capture or
19      destruction for the purpose of merchandise or profit. He
20      shall also cause all persons trespassing upon the same after
21      the passage of this act to be removed therefrom, and gen-
22      erally shall be authorized to take all such measures as shall
23      be necessary or proper to fully carry out the object and pur-
24      poses of this act.

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