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24-474. Action to ascertain ownership of and compensation for such land. That for the purpose of ascertaining whether or not any private person or corporation is the owner of any part of the land so taken, and if such owner to provide and secure full and adequate compensation for the appropriation thereof, the attorney general, upon the publication of such proclamation by the governor, is hereby directed to commence an action in the district court of the county wherein such land is situated, such suit to be entitled "The State of Kansas vs. all persons having or claiming any interest in the land lying between the established harbor line of the _______ river and within a distance of forty feet landward therefrom, within the _________ drainage district in ______________ county." Notice shall be given by publication of the filing of said action, setting forth the nature of said suit and that all such claimants must appear and set forth their claims on or before the date therein named which shall not be less than forty-one days from the date of the first publication, and that upon their failure so to do a judgment will be rendered therein excluding them from any interest in said land or any part thereof, and enjoining and barring them from asserting any claim to said land or any part thereof adverse to the state of Kansas. Such publication shall be made in the manner provided for publication notices in the code of civil procedure. If the claimants so notified shall appear in said cause then said action as to the parties so appearing, shall proceed to trial as in other civil actions, before a jury unless such jury be waived, to determine the ownership of said property and to assess the value of the land and other damages for the taking of such portions thereof as may belong to parties other than the public.

That in the event the claimant shall fail to appear, on or before the date named, a pro confesso judgment shall be entered excluding them from any interest in said land which said judgment shall become final and conclusive at the expiration of six months from the date of such rendition unless the claimant shall make application within such period for the vacation of such judgment and permission to defend in said action and shall show to the court that he had no knowledge or notice of the pendency of said action prior to the rendition of such judgment.

History: L. 1911, ch. 172, ยง 5; Jan. 30; R.S. 1923, 24-474.


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