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Testimony Before the Senate Special Committee to Investigate the Administration of the Collection of Internal Revenue in the Sixth District of North Carolina, Appointed April 21, 1882

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...if he did not as well watch the interests of the tax-payer as those of the government. Q. A good deal has been said about some rumors in the district that storekeepers were in the habit of dividing their pay with the distillers.--A. Yes, sir; I have talked that subject over with Dr. Mott ' dozen times, and he expressed an apprehension that in some cases it was probably true, and the subject of preventing that abuse was as earnestly discussed with me, by Collector Mott, as by any other man in the service; and finally 1 recommended the reduction of the salaries as a means of getting at it, and as we had a deficiency staring us in the face I reduced their salaries from $4 to $3 per day in establishments that operated with less than twenty bushels of grain per day. By the Chairman: Q. Give the date when that was, and as you go on.--A. I think it was in April of last year. I will state that it was April of last year, with the privilege of correcting it. Q. April, 1881I--A. Yes, sir. By Mr. Pool: Q. Did you make diligent efforts to find out some instances where there had been some division, in order to punish the offenders?--A. I had my agents looking after that. It is a very difficult tiling to detect--a thing of that kind. Presuming that the distillery was operating according to law and there was no fraud in conducting the business, it would be a difficult thing to ascertain whether a storekeeper gave the distiller one dollar or two dollars a day out of his pay. These distilleries were often located in obscure and inaccessible places; the storekeepers were compelled to hoard with the distillers--to take their meals and lodging with them; and some of the agents reported, I think, either verbally or in writing, that, in their opinion, in... Hide synopsis

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