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THE MILLS BILL.
PRINCIPAL PROVISIONS CONCERNING IMPORTS.
Be it enacted, etc., That on and after the 1st day of October, 1888, the following articles mentioned in this section, when imported, shall be exempt from duty:
Timber, hewed and sawed, and timber used for spars and in building wharves.
Timber squared or sided.
Hubs for wheels, posts, last-blocks, wagon-blocks, oar-blocks, gun-blocks, heading-blocks, and all like blocks or sticks, rough, hewed, or sawed only.
Staves of wood.
Provided, That if any export duty is laid upon the above-mentioned articles, or either of them, by any country whence imported, all said articles imported from said country shall be subject to duty as now provided by law.
Salt, in bags, sacks, barrels, or other packages, or in bulk, when imported from any country which does not charge an import duty upon salt exported from the United States.
Burlaps, not exceeding 60 inches in width, of flax, jute, or hemp, or of which flax, jute, or hemp, or either of them, shall be the component material of chief value.
Bags of jute for grain.
Machinery designed for the conversion of jute or jute-butts into cottonbagging, to wit, cards, roving-frames, winding-frames, and softeners.
Iron or steel sheets, or plates, or taggers iron, coated with tin or lead, or with a mixture of which these metals is a component part, by the dipping or any other process, and commercially known as tin-plates, terne-plates, and taggers tin.
Glycerine, crude, brown, or yellow, of the specific gravity of 1.25 or less at a temperature of 60° Fahr., not purified by refining or distilling.
Soap, hard and soft, all which are not otherwise specially enumerated or provided for.
Alumina--alum, patent alum, alum substitute, sulphate of alumina, and aluminous cake, and alum in crystals or ground.
All imitations of natural mineral waters, and all artificial mineral waters.
Sulphate of soda, known as salt-cake, crude or refined, or niter cake, crude or refined, and Glauber's-salt.
Nitrate of soda.
All preparations of coal-tar not colors or dyes, and not acids of colors and dyes.
Logwood and other dyewoods, extracts and decoctions of.
, cotton-seed oil, whale-oil, seal-oil and neat's-foot oil. All barks, beans, berries, balsams, buds, bulbs, bulbous roots, and excrescences, such as nut-galls, fruits, flowers, dried fibers, grains, gums, and gum-resins, herbs, leaves, lichens, mosses, nuts, roots, and stems, vegetables, seeds, and seeds of morbid growth, weeds, woods used expressly for dyeing, and dried insects, any of the foregoing which are not edible and not specially enumerated or provided for.
All non-dutiable crude minerals, but which have been advanced in value or condition by refining or grinding, or by other process of manufacture, not specially enumerated or provided for.
All earths or clays unwrought or unmanufactured.
Glass plates or discs unwrought, for use in the manufacture of optical instruments, spectacles, and eyeglasses.
Opium, crude and not adulterated, containing 9 per cent, and over of morphia, for medicinal purposes.
Iron and steel cotton ties for hoops, for baling or other purposes, not thinner than No. 20 wire gauge.
Needles, sewing, darning, knitting, and all others not specially enumerated or provided for in this act.
Copper, imported in the form of ores, regulus of, and black or coarse copper and copper cement, old copper fit only for remanufacture.
Antimony, as regulus or metal,
Mineral substances in a crude state and metals unwrought not specially enumerated or provided for.
Brick, other than fire-brick.
Vegetables in all their natural state or in salt or brine, not specially enumerated or provided for.
Chicory-root, ground or unground, burned or prepared.
Acorns and dandelion-root, raw or prepared, and all other articles used, or intended to be used, as coffee or substitutes therefor, not specially enumerated or provided for.
Cocoa, prepared or manufactured.
Bibles, books, and pamphlets, printed in other languages than English, and books and pamphlets and all publications of foreign governments, and publications of foreign societies, historical or scient printed for gratuitous distribution.
Stones, manufactured or undressed, freestone, granite, sandstone, and all building or monumental stone.
All strings of gut or any other like material.
Sec. 2. That on the 1st day of October, 1888, in lieu of the duties heretofore imposed on the articles hereinafter mentioned, there shall be levied, collected, and paid the following rates of duty on said articles severally:
Glycerine, refined, 3 cents per pound.
Acid, acetic, acetous, or pyroligneous acid, exceeding the specific gravity of 1.047, 5 cents per pound.
Castor beans or seeds, 25 cents per bushel of 50 pounds.
Licorice-juice, 35 per cent. ad valorem.
Baryta, sulphate of, or barytes, manufactured, one-eighth of 1 cent per pound.
Chromate of potash, 242 cents per pound.
White lead, when dry or in pulp, or when ground or mixed in oil, 2 cents per pound.
Orange mineral, and red lead, 1/2 cents per pound.
Bicarbonate of or supercarbonate of soda, and saleratus, calcined or pearlash, three-fourths of 1 cent per pound.
Hydrate or caustic soda, one-half of 1 cent per pound.
Colors and paints, including lakes, whether dry or mixed, or ground with water or oil, not specially enumerated or provided for, 20 per cent. ad valorem.
Zinc, oxide of, when dry, 1 cent per pound; when ground in oil, 14 cents per pound.
All medicinal preparations known as cerates, conserves, decoctions, emulsions, extracts, solid or fluid, infusions, juices, liniments, lozenges, mixtures, mucilages, ointments, oleo-resins, pills, plasters, powders, resins, suppositories, sirups, vinegars, and waters, of any of which alcohol is not a component part, which are not specially enumerated or provided for, 20 per cent. ad valorem.
All ground or powdered spices not specially enumerated or provided for, 3 cents per pound.
Proprietary preparations, to wit: All cosmetics, pills, powders, troches or lozenges, sirups, cordials, bitters, anodynes, tonics, plasters, liniments, salves, ointments, pastes, drops, waters, essences, spirits, oils, or preparations or compositions recommended to the public as proprietary articles or prepared according to some private formula as remedies or specifics for any disease or diseases or affections affecting the human or animal body, including all toilet preparations whatever used as applications to the hair, mouth, teeth, or skin, not specially enumerated or provided for, 30 per cent. ad valorem.
Morphia or morphine and all salts thereof, 50 cents per ounce.
China, porcelain, parian, and bisque, earthen, stone, or crockery ware composed of earthy or mineral substance, including plaques, ornaments, charms, vases, and statuettes, painted, printed, enameled, or gilded, or other. wise decorated in any manner, 50 per cent. ad valorem.
China, porcelain, parian, and bisque ware not decorated in any manner, 40 per cent. ad valorem.
White granite, common ware, plain white or cream-colored, lustered or printed under glaze in a single color; sponged, dipped, or edged ware, 35 per cent. ad valorem.
Brown earthenware, common stoneware, gas-retorts, and roofing-tiles, not specially enumerated or provided for, and not decorated in any manner, 20 per cent. ad valorem.
All other earthen, stone, and crockery ware, white, colored, or bisque, composed of earthy or mineral substances, not specially enumerated or provided for in this act, and not decorated in any manner, 35 per cent. ad valorem.
Paving-tiles, not encaustic, 20 per cent. ad valorem.
Slates, slate pencils, slate chimney-pieces, mantels, slabs for tables, and all other manufactures of slate, 20 per cent. ad valorem.
Green and colored glass bottles, vials, demijohns, and carboys (covered or uncovered), pickle or preserve jars, and other plain, molded, or pressed green and colored bottle-glass, not cut, engraved, or painted, and not specially enumerated or provided for, 1 cent per pound; if filled, and not otherwise provided for, and the contents are subject to an ad valorem duty, or to a rate of duty based on their value, the value of such bottles, vials, or other vessels shall be added to the value of the contents for the ascertainment of the duti. able value of the latter; but if filled and not otherwise provided for, and the contents are not subject to an ad valorem duty or to a rate of duty based on their value, they shall pay a duty of 1 cent per pound in addition to the duty, if any, on their contents.
Cylinder and crown glass, polished, above 24 by 30 inches square and not exceeding 24 by 60 inches square, 20 cents per square foot; all above that, 30 cents per square foot.
Unpolished cylinder, crown, and common window-glass, not exceeding 10 by 15 inches square, 136 cents per pound; above that, and not exceeding 16 by 24 inches square, 159 cents per pound; above that and not exceeding 24 by 30 inches square, 2 cents per pound; all above that 212 cents per pound: Provided, That unpolished cylinder, crown, and common windowglass, imported in boxes containing 50 square feet as nearly as sizes will permit, now known and commercially designated as 50 feet of glass, single thick and weighing not to exceed 55 pounds of glass per box, shall be entered and computed as 50 pounds of glass only; and that said kinds of glass imported in boxes containing, as nearly as sizes will permit, 50 feet of glass, now known and commercially designated as 50 feet of glass, double thick and not exceeding 90 pounds in weight, shall be entered and computed as 80 pounds of glass only; but in all other cases the duty shall be computed according to the actual weight of glass.
Cast polished plate-glass, silvered, or looking-glass plates, above 24 by 30 inches square and not exceeding 24 by 60 inches square, 25 cents per square foot; all above that, 45 cents per square foot.
Porcelain and Bohemian glass, chemical glassware, painted glassware, stained glass, and all other manufactures of glass, or of which glass shall be the component material of chief value, not specially enumerated or provided for, 40 per cent. ad valorem.
Iron in pigs, iron kentledge, $6 per ton.
Steel railway bars and railway bars made in part of steel, weighing more than 25 pounds to the yard, $11 per ton.
Bar-iron, rolled or hammered, comprising flats not less than 1 inch wide nor less than three-eighths of 1 inch thick, seven-tenths of 1 cent per pound; comprising round iron not less than three-fourths of 1 inch in diameter, and square iron not less than three-fourths of 1 inch square, and flats less than 1 inch wide or less than three-eighths of 1 inch thick, round iron less than three-fourths of 1 inch and not less than seven-sixteenths of 1 inch in diam