Customs New York

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fASHMTON. FKACTICES TO BE STOri'IB IN NEW TOKS. Jinoihfr I.nrjco Botch of Fourth-cUM Ho«t- i t i D k l e m - A u Cru»ngr In the UfBtraUhlp--Other Minor Matter*. WASHINGTON, September B4 --The secretary of the treasury t o d a y sent a letter Attorney Dorshelmor, at Hew York, In regard to the examination of passengers' baggage. He sajfl In part: " In March lost, immediately on taking charge of the department, I directed the attention of the at tbe port cf Now York to what I to think wan a very defective anJ very scandalous condition of affairs respecting tha examination of bogsege of arriving passenger.*, and criminal payment of money to of cmtoms by such passengers. I have lo feel that tho deplorable condition then, and for a long time existing, has cot yet been thoroughly reformed, although there has been, I hope, some improvement. I wish the utmost energy vigilance used to prevent the scandal of payment by passengers to customs-Inspectors. I em told the Inspectors demand such payments In a way to mats the demand less tbtm blackmail, and the sums paid as high, in some Instances, as $100 or ·B hile Ihe payment of 5 or $10 la a and general fact I am sure yon will with me that such scandal and such cf law should bo stopped. If it can not be averted In any other way the department will consider the necessity of «ending luggage of passengers to appraiser's appraiser's store to be examined lite merchandise reznlarly imported and entered. These gifts of money caunot be without the galley cooperation of those who are not customs who are among our most law-respeotlng citizens and who really are the tempters. merchant or corporation would permit its agent* to be thus tampered with by A casual passenger can't be permitted to money to a customs officer who examines luggage any mor« than can a regular be permitted to tip mn appraiser. The transaction Is suspicions on its lace quite indefensive and Intolerable In every point of view. I have alluded to this condition of affairs in New York In order to your aid and co-operation as the chief law tfflcer at that port, Inputting an I believe that the existing federal criminal law is ·decraate to bring about the arrest imprisonment of the guilty, whether passen- eers or customs officials, If the facts are Jortedtome. If the existing laws shall be found by sou to be inadequate, I shall to receive your views thereon at an early

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  1. The Galveston Daily News,
  2. 25 Sep 1885, Fri,
  3. Page 2

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