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a TRYING TO PREVENT A LAND GRAB GOVERNMENT BRINGS BUT TO FORFEIT GRANT OF LAND TO 00S HAY WAGON ROAD, FOR SOX-COMPLIANTE WITH ITS TERMS. - It N. bmitsd racss lusib wirb.1 Portland, Ore.,, Dec. 28. The story of an alleged attempt to grab 96,676 acres of land In Southern Oregon, valued at four millions pf dollars, by legal Juggling, is asserted In a com plaint today on file in the federal court. The defendant is the Southern Oregon company as successor to the Coos Ray Wagon Koad company. The endeavor on the part of the government to retain title to the property Is based on a provision in the original grant from the United States to the state of I Oregon, which stipulated that the sale of lands should be restricted to not over 160 acres to any one person. This provision, the Coos Bay Wagon Road company, as grantees of the state of Oregon, violated, the complaint alleges. According to the document, 96,676 ares of the original grant of 103,639 acres was sold to John Miller, who contracted to purchase the block, be acting as agent for Collis P. Huntington; Charles Crocker, Leland Stanford and Mark Hopkins, all of California. This sale was made In 1875. In 1883 the Oregon-Southern Improvement company entered into negotiations for the purchase of the lands sold to Miller and later In the year the Boston Safe Deposit and Trust company took a moVtgage on the property. I,ater the lands passed Into the hands of J. Rotch and E. D. Marshall on the alleged payment of $120,000. Then, according to the complaint, the land was conveyed to the South-Oregon company which was a re-organlaaton of the Oregon Southern Improvement company, the document asserts. The government alleges that the "alleged Indebtedness secured by the various mortgages were fictitious, feigned and untrue, and represented simply the Interest of the stockholders of the company and were executed and delivered and foreclosed with the Intent and In the hope that the restrictions upon the sale and disposition of the granted lands might be evaded and defeated and that the lands might be created Into an unconditional estate for the use and benefit of the stockholders of the Oregon Southern Improvement company. a by be McCIana-han

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  1. The Capital Journal,
  2. 28 Dec 1910, Wed,
  3. Page 6

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