Know All Men by These Presents, That I, L. D. Benton, of the County of Archuleta, State of Colorado, lhaving, under the provisions of the Revised Statutes of the United States relating to the sale of Coal Lands, made application to purchase the N. W. ¼ of the S. W. ¼ of Section 10, in Township 3 North of Range 21 West of the Principal Meridian, in the district of lands subject to sale at the Land Office at Gunnison, Colo., do hereby constitute and appoint Benjamin Butler, of Denver, Arapahoe County, Colorado, my true and lawful agent and attorney, for me in my name and stead, and for my sole use and benefit, to file the same with the Register of the said Land office, to make or procure to be made all necessary and proper affidavits and proofs, at any time required, and to file the same in said Land Office, to make payment for and entry of said land in my name, to do all and singular the acts and things requisite, lawful and proper to be done in the premises, especially to make the required non-mineral affidavit, as I am assured and believe that he is well acquainted with the character of each and every subdivision of said described land; and to procure for me from the United States the receipt and patent for said lands; as fully and completely as I might or could do, with full power to substitute one or more agents or attorneys for the purposes aforesaid, and to revoke any such appointment; hereby ratifying and confirming all that my said agent and attorney or his substitute may lawfully do in the premises.
In Witness Whereof, I have 'hereunto set my hand and seal this 30th day of January, 1905.
L. D. Benton. Signed in presence of
F. S. Bellah. State of Colorado, County of Archuleta, ss.
On the 30th day of January, A. D. 1905, at my office at Pagosa Springs, before me, W. C. Gould, a Notary Public, in and for the County and State aforesaid, personally appeared L. D. Benton, known to me to be the same person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument, and acknowledged to me that he executed the same.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my official seal, the day and year in this certificate first above written.
My Commission expires October 1, A. D. 1906. (Notarial Seal) W. C. Gould,