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Tariff Hearings Before the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives, Sixtieth Congress, 1908-1909 Volume 8

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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. 1909 Excerpt: ...we tan the sheepskin into sheep leather afterwards. The spinner also prefers fleece wool to pulled wool, and I do not think we can obtain the same price for the pulled wool as he pays for the fleece wool. The third reason is that the wool in the fleece state comes in in a cleaner condition than it does on the skin: that is, talking from the standpoint of the wool puller; and the same applies to the sheep-leather tanning industry, because, for the same reason, that we do not raise enough wool, I do not obtain enough skins to keep the tanneries busy, and we are therefore compelled to import thousands of dozens of skins now which come in free of duty after the wool has been removed. My point is that instead of having wool come over here after it has been removed from the skin on the other side and the skin come in separately, to have the entire wool skin come in and let us do the work on this side. It would not mean that there would be any more wool imported, but it is simply to give our help in this country a chance to do the work which is done abroad now. The Chairman. You ask to have the duty on wool on the skin 3 cents a pound? Mr. Schmidt. A difference of 5 cents a pound between the fleece and the skin wool. The Chairman. But practically you ask to have 3 cents a pound duty on the wool skin? Mr. Schmidt. Yes, sir. The Chairman. You certainly do not expect us to raise the duty on wool from 11 cents to 15 cents a pound, do you? Mr. Schmidt. No. Mr. Underwood. In other words, you want us to pass a law by which you can make some money; that is it, isn't it? Mr. Schmidt. No, sir. As I said before, we have been in the pulling business for years, and also in the tanning business. We nave doubled the capacity of our tannery in the last ten years, but we are not d... Hide synopsis

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