This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We recently referred to the evasion of the timber laws in Oregon. The law is : " Any person who is the head of a family, or who has arrived at age of twenty-one years, and is a citizen of the United States, or who has filed his declaration of intention to become such, who shall plant, protect and keep in healthy growing condition for eight years forty acres of timber, on any quarter section (one hundred and sixty acres) of any of the public lands of the Uuited States, or twenty acres on any eighty acres, or ten acres on forty acres, or five acres on any twenty acres, shall be entitled to a patent for the whole quarter-section or for such legal sub divison thereof as he may have taken up, at the expiration of eight years, on making proof that the terms have been fulfilled, by not less than two credible witnesses. Moreover, any person having a homestead on the public domain who, after three years' residence thereon, shall, in addition to the improvements now required by law, have under cultivation for two years, one acre of timber in good thrifty condition for every sixteen acres of the homestead, shall, upon proof thereof by two credible witnesses, receive a patent for the homestead." It will be well for those who intend to act under this law to get from the Commissioner of the General Land Office at Washington, a list of trees acceptable to the government.
By a recent decision Catalpa, Ailanthus and Osage orange are ruled out, on the ground that only such kinds of timber already well known in lumber markets were intended.
Since this was written we learn that N. C. Mc-Farland, Commissioner in the General Land Office, has announced the intention of the office to regard Osage orange, Catalpa, and Ailanthus as timber trees entitling the planter to land under the United States laws.