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"All and everybody,
this is my claim,
fifty feet on the gulch,
cordin to Clear Creek District Law,
backed up by shotgun amendments."

wooden post during California gold rush, c. 1849, Quoted in John Umbeck, "Might Makes Rights: A Theory of the Formation and Initial Distribution of Property Rights", Economic Inquiry, Vol. 19 (January 1981), p. 50; from C. Shinn, Land Laws of Mining Districts (John Hopkins University Press, 1984), p. 558.

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