acquire, hold, or own more than five thousand acres of land in any of the Territories of the United States; and no railroad, canal, or turnpike corporation shall hereafter acquire, hold, or own lands in any Territory, other than as may be necessary for the proper operation of its railroad, canal, or turnpike, except such lands as may have been granted to it by act of Congress. But the prohibition of this section shall not affect the title to any lands now lawfully held by any such corporation.
SEC. 4. That all property acquired, held, or owned in violation of the provisions of this act shall be forfeited to the United States, and it shall be the duty of the Attorney-General to enforce every such forfeiture by bill in equity or other proper process. And in any suit or proceeding that may be commenced to enforce the provisions of this act, it shall be the duty of the court to determine the very right of the matter without regard to matters of form, joinder of parties, multifariousness, or other matters not affecting the substantial rights either of the United States or of the parties concerned in any such proceeding arising out of the matters in this act mentioned.
APPROVED, March 3, 1887.
March 3, 1887
A BILL for the retirement and re-coinage of the trade dollar, whose legal tender character had been taken away by the act of July 22, 1876 [No. 100], was introduced in the Senate, December 8, 1885, by John I. Mitchell of Pennsylvania, and referred to the Committee on Finance, in whose hands it remained throughout the session. December 14, 1886, the bill was reported with amendments, and on the 17th passed the Senate. The House referred the bill to the Committee on Coinage, Weights and Measures, which reported it, January 15, 1887, without amendment. February 12 a substitute offered by Samuel W. T. Lanham of Texas was agreed to, and the bill passed, the final vote being 174 to 36. The bill received its final form from a conference committee. The report of the committee was agreed to February 19, in the