Abstracts of Current Decisions on Mines and Mining: May to August, 1917 Page: 27
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MINING CLAIMS. 27
GROUP CLAIMS-ASSESSMENT WORK.
By an act approved February 12, 1903 (32 Stat., 825), the locator
or owner of a group of oil claims lying contiguous and not exceeding
five, may perform the annual assessment labor upon any one of such
claims if it tends to the development or to determine the oil-bearing
character of such claims. Under this statute labor and improve-
ments are deemed to have been had upon a mining claim when per-
formed or made for its development, that is, to facilitate the extrac-
tion of the mineral the claim may contain, though such labor and
improvements be at a distance from the claim. Such work and im-
provements may consist of the building of roads and such like work
for the purpose of aiding in the development of the mining property.
United States v. Ohio Oil Co., 240 Federal 996, p. 1005.
United States v. Stockton Midway Oil Co., 240 Federal 1006, p. 1010.
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Thompson, Joseph Wesley. Abstracts of Current Decisions on Mines and Mining: May to August, 1917, report, December 1917; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38745/m1/41/: accessed March 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.