14 Copp's Land Owner 1 (1887-1888)

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VOL. XIV.          WASHINGTON, D. C., APRIL 1, 1887.  No. 1.

SEE Table of Contents on second page
of cover.
OFFICE OF Copp's LAND OWNER is now at
No. 822 8th Street, N. W., within two
squares of the General Land Office.
Do you need any of Copp's plats or plat
THE 21st volume of the Court of Claims
reports, just issued. can be had for $2.50
by addressing .the Land Owner.
HAVE you Copp's new books? See ad-
vertisement of List of Mines, 10,000 names.
WE have obtained a few copies of vol.
4, Land Decisions, price $4.00.
We have made arrangements with the
Government Printer by which we can
send to subscribers Volume V. of the offi-
cial Land Decisions just as it comes from
the press, each week or every two weeks.
The entire expense to subscribers will be
$2.00. Send on )-our money at once.
We. have an al)propriate temporary
binder (Von Laer's patent) ready for this
publication. Price'$2.00.
This book is now ready for delivery.
It contains 203 pages, price $2.00. The
Table of Cases takes 52 pages; Acts of
Congress cited and construed, 10 pages;
Circular Instructions, 4 pages; Court De-
cisions, 3 pages; Homesteads, 7 pages;
Laws of Congress, 5 pages; Lodes, Mines,
and Placers, 7 pages; Patents, 4 pages.;
Pre-emptions, 5 pages; Railroads, 4 pages;
Surveys, 6 pages; Timber- Culture, 4
pages; Widow, Wife, and Woman, 2
For sale, one PORTERFIELD Warrant or
Scrip, 40 acres. Bv F. M. Heaton, Lock
Box 44, Washington, D. C.
HON. H. G. HANKS, State mineralogist,
Sacramento, California, has the Land
Owner's thanks for his interesting sixth
annual report.

ATTENTION is called to the card of
Lamar & Zachry on front page.
EXLINE & MECHLINO, of Lamar, Colo-
rado, favor the Land Owner with their
printed brief in Todd Knepple's case, in-
volving Osage Land Entry as exhausting
pre-emption right.
SECRETARY LAMAR has won the esteem
of the Washington land attorneys by his
recent decisions in the Lamar and Heaton
cases. But there is another side to this
matter. Commissioner Sparks is held re-
sponsible for the safe keeping of the offi-
cial records and the protection of the
clerks. If attorneys are allowed to come
and go as they please and examine papers
without leaving any memorandum of so do-
ing, the Secretary should see to it that
the Commissioner's recommendations for
the disbarral of dishonorable attorneys
are promptly acted upon. Fully a year
and a half ago Commissioner Sparks asked
the disbarral of a notorious rascal who
was proved to have swindled his client.
For some mysterious reason no action
has yet been taken, and this fellow con-
tinues to advertise himself as a land at-
torney under this reform administration.
Attorne --Admission-Dibarment. - Until an
attorney is admitted to practice before the
land department, he cannot be disbarred and
.he should not be recognized as an attorney in
land cases.
Sparks, February 26, 1887.
Herewith are returned the papers which
accompanied your recommendation that
Max Frost, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, be
disbarred from practice as attorney or
agent before your office and local land
It appears that prior to and at the* date
of passage of the act of July 4, 1884, rela-
tive to the recognition of attorneys and
other persons to represent claimants be-
fore this Department, Mr. Frost held the
position of Register of the Land Office at
Santa Fe. After leaving that office he
could not properly be recognized in any
matter before the Department or any of
its bureaus or offices without having com-
plied with the regulations established lty
the Secretary of the Interior in pursuance
of the statute above mentioned. He has
never been admitted to practice as pro-
vided in such regulations, and until your
office is duly notified of his admission it

will be proper for you to refuse to recog-
nize him as agent or attorney before the
General Land Office and local land oflices.
This would seem to be sufficient to ac-.
complish the purpose contemplated in
your recommendation, without requiring
the irregular action on the part of the De-
partment of disbarring an attorney who
had never been admitted to practice.
It may be added that Mr. Frost has
made formal application to the Depart-
ment for admission to practice, which has
not been complied with in view of the
charges against him in your office; and in
consideration of the information contained
in a telegram received by you on the 24th
instant from a special agent of your office
(and informally submitted by you to the
Department) that said Frost had been
convicted of receiving illegal fees and
sentenced by the court to fine and im-
prisonment, favorable action upon his ap-
plication will not be taken.
Attorney-A' is o---Disbarment.-Until an at-
torney is admitted to practice before the Land
Department, he cannot be disbarred, and he
should not be recognized as an attorney in
land cases.
Sparks, March 19, 1887.
Your letter has been received in which
you recommend the disbarment of A. J.
Wasgatt; of Clifton, Dakota Territory
upon charges growing out of his practice
before the land office at Huron, Dakota.
It does not appear from the records of
this Department that the said Wasgatt
has ever been admitted to practice as
Agent or Attorney under the regulations
of the Secretary of the Interior, estab-
lished in pursuance of Section 5, Act of
July 4, 1884, relating to the subject, and
it is not stated in your letter that lie has
been recognized as Agent or Attorney be-
fore your office and Local Land Offices in
accordance with any 'regulation of your
office in force prior to the passage of the
act above mentioned.
Under these circumstances it is not ne-
cessary to consider the subject of disbar!
Under the regulations approved by the
Secretary as of this date respecting the
recognition of Attorneys before the Local
Land Offices, it will be necessary for the
party above mentioned to make applica-
tion for admission to practice before he
can be further recognized, and the charges
referred to in your letter should be con-
sidered in connection with such applica-

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