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BEFORE THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEAN

OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

SIXTIETH CONGRESS.

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FIRST PRINT, No. 11.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1908.

WASHINGTON:
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.

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JOHN DALZELL.

XICIIOLAS LONG WORTH. SAMUEL W. MCCALL.

EDGAR D. CRUMPACKER. EBENEZER J. HILL.

CHAMP CLARK. HENRY S. BOUTELL.

WILLIAM BOURKE COCKRAN. JAMES C. NEEDITAM.

OSCAR W. UNDERWOOD. WILLIAM A. CALDERBEAD.

D. L. D. GRANGER. JOSEPH W. FORDNEY.

JAMES M. GRIGGS. JOSEPH H. GAINES.

EDWARD W. POU. ROBERT W. BONYNGE.

CHOICE B. RANDELL,

WILLIAM K. PAYNE, Clerk.
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3-FEB 12 Copy 1970

TARIFF HEARINGS.

THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS,

Saturday, November 21, 1908. The committee this day met, Hon. Sereno E. Payne in the chair.

The CHAIRMAN. The hearing this morning is on the paper schedule, and we will take up the subject of lithographic prints. Is Mr. Mevercord present?

Mr. MEYERCORD. Yes, sir.
The CHAIRMAX. You may proceed, Mr. Meyercord.

STATEMENT OF MR. GEORGE R. MEYERCORD, CHAIRMAN TARIFF

COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF EMPLOYING LITHOGRAPHERS, CHICAGO, ILL.

Mr. MEYERCORD. Mr. Chairman and members of the Ways and Means Committee, I represent the tariff committee of the National Association of Employing Lithographers, representing over 350 factories, employing a capital of over $50,000,000, and employing over 20,000 workmen, and desire to present the necessity of radical changes regarding the import duties on lithographic products of all descriptions.

The paragraphs of the present law affecting the lithographic industry are 398 and 400, which read as follows:

398. Surface coated papers not specially provided for in this Act, two and one-half cents per pound and fifteen per centum ad valorem; if printed, or wholly or partly covered with metal or its solutions, or with gelatin or tlock, three cents per pound and twenty per centum ad valorem; parchment papers, two cents per pound and ten per centum ad valorem; plain basic photographic papers for albumenizing, sensitizing, or baryta coating, three cents per pound and ten per centum ad valorem; albumenized or sensitized paper or paper otherwise surface coated for photaphic purposes, thirty per centum ad valorem.

400. Lithographic prints from stone, zinc, aluminum, or other material, bound or unbound (except cigar labels, flaps, and bands, lettered or otherwise, music and illustrations when forming a part of a periodical or newspaper and accompanying the same, or if bound in or forming a part of printed books, not specially provided for in this act), on paper or other material not exceeding eight one-thousandths of one inch in thickness, twenty cents per pound; on paper or other material exceeding eight one-thousandths of one inch and not exceeding twenty one-thousandths of one inch in thickness, and exceeding thirty-five square inches, but not exceeding four hundred square inches cutting size in dimensions, eight cents per pound; exceeding four hundred square inches cutting size in dimensions, thirty-five per centum ad valorem ; prints exceeding eight one-thousadths of one inch and not exceeding twenty one-thousandths of one inch in thickness, and not exceeding thirty-five square inches cutting size in dimensions, five cents per pound; lithographic

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