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The following is copied from the official volume of U.S. Treasury Decisions and
Circulars of the year 1874:
“USE TO BE MADE OF HEYL'S ·U. S. IMPORT DUTIES.""
“In distributing, for the use of officers of the customs, the compilation of statutes imposing duties upon imports, with the extension of such rates in a tabular schedule, known as “HEYL'S U. S. IMPORT DUTIES, 1874,' the Department calls the particular attentiou of officers to the fact that the law of June 22, 1874, revising and condensing the statutes relating to duties on imports, appearing in this volume, pages 156 to 231, inclusive, is the sole law for reference and authority in all that relates to such duties.
“All the statutes previously printed, covering pages 1 to 147, inclusive, and all acts, excepting those enacted subsequently to December 1, 1873, are retained merely for information or convenience of reference.
“Particular attention is called to the acts of March 2, 1861, August 5, 1861, July 14, 1862, June 30, 1864, March 3, 1865, July 14, 1870, and June 6, 1872, which, being the general acts of reference imposing duties on imports, are absolutely repealed by the act of June 22, 1874, as will be seen by referring to the repealing clauses of that act, on page 231. No reference or apparent citation of authority based on the subordination of type or retention of full-faced type in either of those acts will be taken as a guide in the assessment of duty.
“The Department further directs that the extensions and explanations of this work, embraced in the schedule of duties, part 2, pages 1 to 76, inclusive, are not declared as by the authority of the Department in the said schedule, and all are subject to such examination and revision as shall be found necessary in considering cases to which they relate. Being generally correct, however, and carefully prepared, with citution of the acts from which they were derired, they may be assumed to be correct, unless knoun to be in error or until advice is received of their modification by the Department.”—(LETTER TO COLLECTOR, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 25, 1874.)