Congressional Edition Volume 2385

Congressional Edition Volume 2385

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: our possession that the 'rates of duty' prescribed by law have not been collected, except as to articles upon which the rates of duty have been a matter of controversy. 2. We have no evidence, nor does our experience lead us to believe, that legal duty has not been collected upon importations paying a specific rate. Articles such as rice, coal, coke, sugar, cigars, glass, hemp, jute, railway-bars, tin, salt, &c, are not wholly weighed, but a sufficient quantity of each, not less than 10 per cent., to determine the quantity imported. 3. A percentage of textile fabrics, usually about 10 per cent., is opened, taken out of the case, measured or weighed, or both, as the case may be; samples are taken for use of the appraiser, and such of them preserved as are deemed to be of value for future use. 4. We know of no evidence showing collusion between entry-clerks, deputy collectors, and importers by which false or unfair packages are, or have been, sent to the appraiser for examination as representing the entire invoice. Such collusion might be practised. A safeguard against its possibility would be the occasional examination of entire cargoes. 5. We have no evidence of false weighing upon the wharves. Occasionally men are found to be incompetent, a matter which is corrected by the substitution of others familiar with the use of weighing implements and the method of testing and keeping them in order. 6. In respect to suits pending against collectors in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore concerning rates of duty, we have no knowledge except that of hearsay. The Government has been very unfortunate at San Francisco in its defence of suits against the collector. We would think the reasons for failure would be disclosed in more

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  • Paperback | 504 pages
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 123685649X
  • 9781236856494