Proceedings of the 1st-41st Annual Meeting of the National Board of Trade Volume 29

Proceedings of the 1st-41st Annual Meeting of the National Board of Trade Volume 29

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...which can be read to the Board, if-desired. This statement is condensed from-that letter, which, however, is not long. I had a conversation this morning with Mr. Wilson, the Deputy Commissioner, who said to me that he was in Kentucky only a few weeks ago, and that it made him absolutely sick to see the condition of things there, to see a State which was paying usually so much revenue to the Government, and where nearly every distiller--two-thirds or more of the distillers--was bankrupt; and he said that if this state of things continues in Kentucky, which has been paying 90 per cent. of the whiskey revenue to the Government, the whiskey interest there must eventually be ruined; that it was utterly impossible for this to continue, with fraud increasing, as it is, beyond the ' possible control of the Government, forthe distillers to maintain themselves without ruin. The Secretary of the Treasury and the Commissioner of Internal Revenue are earnestly in favor of this measure as the only way to stop the frauds. In 1867 and 1868, when the tax was $2 a gallon, whiskey could be bought anywhere at $1 to $l.25 a gallon, with the certificate of the Collector attached that it had paid the tax of $2 a gallon. We are approaching that state now. We may never reach it, but we are advertising now for dishonesty. We are telling people all over the country that all they have to do is to start a small still in some little district, pay the tax on three or four or five gallons a day, and make money. It is 'not necessary to figure out to you, gentlemen, how much fraud can be committed in this way, with between one and two thousand distilleries now operating with very small capacity, and certainly fraudulently, because it is admitted that the product more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236815963
  • 9781236815965