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vessel therein expressed ; which lading shall be performed under the superintendence of the officer examining the same, who shall make returns of the quantity and quality of pickled fish or salted provisions, so laden on board, in virtue of such order or permit, to the officer or officers granting the same. And the said exporter or exporters, when the lading Exporter to is completed, and after returns thereof have been made as above directed, make oath, shall make oath or affirmation, that the pickled fish or salted provisions expressed in such entry, and then actually laden on board the ship or vessel as therein expressed, are truly and bona fide, if pickled fish, of the fisheries of the United States, if salted provisions, salted therein ; that they are truly intended to be exported as therein specified, and are not intended to be relanded within the limits of the United States; and shall and give bond. also give bond in double the amount of the duty, bounty or allowance to be received, with one or more sureties to the satisfaction of the collector of the port or place from which the said pickled fish, or salted provisions, are intended to be exported, conditioned that the same shall be landed and left at some foreign port or place without the limits aforesaid ; which bonds shall be cancelled at the same periods, and in like manner as is Mode of canprovided in respect to the bonds given on the exportation of goods, wares celling the

bonds. or merchandise, entitled to drawback of duties: Provided always, that the said bounty or allowance shall not be paid until at least six months after the exportation of such pickled fish, or salted provisions, to be computed from the date of the bond, and until the exporter or exporters thereof shall produce to the collectors with whom such outward entry is made, such certificates, or other satisfactory proof, of the landing of the When the same as aforesaid, as is heretofore made necessary for cancelling the bounty shall be bonds given on the exportation of goods entitled to drawback as afore- paid. said: And provided also, that the bounty or allowance as aforesaid, shall not be paid unless the same shall amount to ten dollars at least upon each entry.

And the form of entry, required to be made as aforesaid, shall be as follows: Entry of (salted provision or pickled fish, or both, as the case may be) intended to be Form of entry

exported for the benefit of bounty, by (insert the name of the exporter) in the (insert of fish and pro. the name and denomination of the vessel) whereof (insert the name of the master) is visions for master, bound for (insert the port of destination.)

bounty.

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Form of the oath.

And the oath or affirmation to be taken by the exporter or exporters of pickled fish, or salted provisions, shall be in manner following:

District of I (insert the name) do solemnly, sincerely, and truly swear (or affirm) to the best of my knowledge and belief, that the (salted provisions or pickled fish, or both, as the case may be) designated in the annexed

and subscribed with my name, have not been imported from any foreign port or place, but are truly and bona side (if provisions) salted provisions, cured within the limits of the United States, (or if fish) pickled fish of the fisheries of the United States; that they are now actually laden on board the (insert the denomination and

entry, dated

on the

name of the vessel) whereof (insert the name) is master, and are to be exported to (insert the place of destination) and are not intended to be landed in the limits of the United States. So help me God.

And the form of the bond, to be executed as aforesaid, shall be as

follows: to wit, Form of the Know all men by these presents, that we are held and firmly bond.

bound unto the United States of America, in the sum of to be
paid to the said United States; for the payment whereof, we bind our-
selves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally,
firmly by these presents; sealed with our seals, dated the day
of
in the

year of the independence of the United States, and in the year of our Lord

The condition of this obligation is such, that whereas the above bounden hath entered at the custom-house of the port of

the following merchandise (here insert the number of packages with their contents, together with their marks and numbers) for the purpose of being exported for the benefit of bounty, in the (insert denomination and name of vessel) whereof (insert name) is master, for (insert name of the place) as per entry thereof made and subscribed by the aforesaid

day of which merchandise has been laden under the superintendence of A. B. an inspector of the customs for the port of as per return thereof annexed to said entry: which merchandise is now actually on board the said now laying in the port of for the purpose of being exported as aforesaid.

Now therefore, if the said merchandise shall not be relanded within the limits of the United States, but shall be duly exported to the or any other port or place, without the limits aforesaid, then this obligation to be void and of no effect, otherwise it shall remain and be in full force and virtue. Sealed and delivered

in the presence of Forfeiture on

Sec. 84. And be it further enacted, That if any goods, wares or making a false merchandise, of which entry shall have been made in the office of a colentry for expor: lector, for the benefit of drawback or bounty upon exportation, shall be fit of 'drawback entered by a false denomination, or erroneously as to the time when and or bounty. the vessel in which they were imported, or shall be found to disagree

with the packages, quantities or qualities, as they were at the time of original importation, except such disagreement as may have been occasioned by necessary or unavoidable wastage or damage only, and except also in cases where permission shall have been obtained according to law, to alter or change the quantities or packages thereof, all such goods, wares or merchandise, or the value thereof to be recovered of the owner or person making such entry, shall be forfeited. Provided, that the said forfeiture shall not be incurred, if it shall be made appear to the satisfaction of the collector and naval officer of the district, if there be a naval officer, and if there be no naval officer, to the satisfaction of the said collector, or of the court in which a prosecution for the forfeiture shall be had, that such false denomination, error, or disagreement happened

by mistake or accident, and not from any intention to defraud the revenue. Vessels de. Sec. 85. And be it further enacted, That in all cases where a ship tained by ice

or vessel shall be prevented by ice from getting to the port or place, at may unload at other places

which her cargo is intended to be delivered, it shall be lawful for the than ports of de. collector of the district, in which such ship or vessel may be obstructed, livery.

to receive the report and entry of such ship or vessel, and with the consent of the naval officer (where there is one) to grant a permit or permits for unlading or landing the goods, wares, and merchandise imported in such ship or vessel, at any place within his district, which shall appear to him most convenient and proper: Provided always, that the report

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and entry of such ship or vessel, and her cargo, or any part thereof, and all persons concerned therein, shall be under and subject to the same rules, regulations, restrictions, penalties and provisions, as if the said ship or vessel had arrived at the port of her destination, and had there proceeded to the delivery of her cargo.

Sec. 86. And be it further enacted, That no officer of the customs, Officers of the or other person employed under the authority of the United States, in customs not to the collection of the duties imposed by law on goods, wares or merchan- shipping or comdise imported into the United States, and on the tonnage of ships or vessels, merce. shall own, either in whole or in part, any ship or vessel, or act as agent, attorney, or consignee for the owner or owners of any ship or vessel

, or of any cargo or lading on board the same; nor shall any officers of the customs, or other person employed in the collection of the duties as aforesaid, import, or be concerned directly or indirectly in the importation of any goods, wares or merchandise, for sale, into the United States, on penalty that every person so offending, and being thereof convicted, shall forfeit and pay the sum of five hundred dollars.

Sec. 87. And be it further enacted, That so much of the twelfth They may buy section of an act, entitled “An act making alterations in the treasury or dispose of and war departments," as restricts all officers of the United States, public funds.

Act of May 8, employed in the collection of the duties imposed by law on goods, 1792, ch. 37. wares and merchandise imported into the United States, and on the tonnage of ships or vessels, from buying or disposing of the funds or debts of the United States, or of any state, be repealed.

Sec. 88. And be it further enacted, That if any officer of the cus- Penalty on toms shall directly or indirectly take or receive any bribe, reward or their receiving a recompense, for conniving, or shall connive at any false entry of any at a false entry, ship or vessel, or of any goods, wares or merchandise, and shall be or conniving at convicted thereof, every such officer or other person shall forfeit and such entry. pay a sum not less than two hundred, nor more than two thousand dollars for each offence; and any person giving or offering any bribe, re- Penalty on giv. compense or reward for any such deception, collusion, or fraud, shall ing or offering

such a bribe. forfeit and pay a sum not less than two hundred dollars, nor more than two thousand dollars, for each offence; and in all cases where an oath or False swear. affirmation is by this act required from a master or other person having ing to be punthe command of a ship or vessel, or from an owner or consignee of any ished as perjury. goods, wares and merchandise, his, her, or their factor, or agent, and generally whenever an oath or affirmation is required from any person or persons, whatsoever, by virtue of this act, if the person so swearing or affirming shall swear, or affirm falsely, such person shall, on indictment and conviction thereof, be liable to the same pains and penalties prescribed for persons convicted of wilful and corrupt perjury.

Sec. 89. And be it further enacted, That all penalties, accruing by Penaltie. how any breach of this act, shall be sued for, and recovered with costs of to be sued for. suit, in the name of the United States of America, in any court competent to try the same; and the trial of any fact, which may be put in issue, shall be within the judicial district in which any such penalty shall have accrued, and the collector, within whose district the seizure shall be made, or forfeiture incurred, is hereby enjoined to cause suits for the same to be commenced without delay, and prosecuted to effect; and is moreover authorized to receive from the court within which such Collectors au. trial is had, or from the proper officer thereof, the sum or sums so re- thorized to re

ceive penalties covered, after deducting all proper charges to be allowed by the said court, and on receipt thereof the said collector shall pay and distribute ed. the same without delay, according to law, and transmit quarter yearly to the treasury an account of all monies by him received for fines, penalties and forfeitures, during such quarter. And all ships or vessels,

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ceeding to the goods, wares or merchandise, which shall become forfeited in virtue of

condemnation. this act, shall be ed, libelled and prosecuted as aforesaid, in the pro

when

recover

of vessels and per court having cognizance thereof; which court shall cause fourteen goods seized.

days notice to be given of such seizure and libel, by causing the substance of such libel, with the order of the court thereon, setting forth the time and place appointed for trial, to be inserted in some newspaper published near the place of seizure, and also by posting up the same in the most public manner, for the space of fourteen days, at or near the place of trial; for which advertisement a sum not exceeding ten dollars shall be paid: And proclamation shall be made in such manner as the court shall direct; and if no person shall appear and claim any such ship or vessel, goods, wares or merchandise, and give bond to defend the prosecution thereof, and to respond the cost in case he shall not support his claim, the court shall proceed to hear and determine the cause according to law; and upon the prayer of any claimant to the court, that any ship or vessel, goods, wares or merchandise, so seized and prosecuted, or any part thereof, should be delivered to such claimant, it shall be lawful for the court to appoint three proper persons to appraise such ship or vessel, goods, wares or merchandise, who shall be sworn in open court for the faithful discharge of their duty; and such appraisement shall be made at the expense of the party on whose prayer it is granted; and on the return of such appraisement, if the claimant shall, with one or more sureties, to be approved of by the court, execute a bond in the usual form to the United States, for the payment of a sum equal to the sum at which the ship or vessel, goods, wares or merchandise, so prayed to be delivered, are appraised, and moreover produce a certificate from the collector of the district wherein such trial is had, and of the naval officer thereof, if any there be, that the duties on the goods, wares and merchandise, or tonnage duty on the ship or vessel, so claimed, have been paid or secured in like manner, as if the goods, wares or merchandise, ship or vessel had been legally entered, the court shall, by rule, order such ship or vessel, goods, wares or merchandise, to be delivered to the said claimant, and the said bond shall be lodged with the proper officer of the court, and if judgment shall pass in favour of the claimant, the court shall cause the said bond to be cancelled; but if judgment shall pass against the claimant, as to the whole, or any part of such ship or vessel, goods, wares or merchandise, and the claimant shall not within twenty days thereafter pay into the court, or to the proper officer thereof, the amount of the appraised value of such ship or vessel, goods, wares or merchandise so condemned, with the costs, jud tment shall and may be granted upon the bond on motion in open court, without further delay. And when any prosecution shall be commenced, on account of the seizure of any ship or vessel, goods, wares or merchandise, and judgment shall be given for the claimant or claimants; if it shall appear to the court before whom such prosecution shall be tried, that there was a reasonable cause of seizure, the said court shall cause a proper certificate or entry to be made thereof, and in such case the claimant or claimants shall not be entitled to costs, nor shall the person who made the seizure, or the prosecutor, be liable to action, suit or judgment on account of such seizure and prosecution: Provided, that the ship or vessel, goods, wares or merchandise, be after judgment forth

with returned to such claimant or claimants, his, her, or their agent Limitation of or agents: And provided, that no action or prosecution shall be mainsuits under this tained in any case under this act, unless the same shall have been comact to three years.

menced within three years next after the penalty or forfeiture was incurred.

Sec. 90. And be it further enacted, That all ships or vessels, goods, Condemned wares or merchandise, which shall be condemned by virtue of this act, ships and goods and for which bond shall not have been given by the claimant or claimpublic auction. ants, agreeably to the provisions for that purpose in the foregoing sec

tion, shall be sold by the marshal or other proper officer of the court in which condemnation shall be had, to the highest bidder, at public auc

to be sold at

tion, by order of such court, and at such place as the court may appoint, giving at least fifteen days notice (except in cases of perishable goods) in one or more of the public newspapers of the place where such sale shall be; or if no paper is published in such place, in one or more of the papers published in the nearest place thereto; for which advertising, a sum not exceeding five dollars shall be paid. And the amount of such sales, deducting all proper charges, shall be paid within ten days after such sale by the person selling the same, to the clerk or other proper officer of the court directing such sale, to be by him, after deducting the charges allowed by the court, paid to the collector of the district in which such seizure or forfeiture has taken place, as herein before directed.

Sec. 91. And be it further enacted, That all fines, penalties and for- Distribution of feitures, recovered by virtue of this act (and not otherwise appropriated) fines; penalties shall, after deducting all proper costs and charges, be disposed of as follows: one moiety shall be for the use of the United States, and be paid into the treasury thereof, by the collector receiving the same; the other moiety shall be divided between, and paid in equal proportions to, the collector, and naval officer of the district, and surveyor of the port, wherein the same shall have been incurred, or to such of the said officers as there may be in the said district; and in districts where only one of the aforesaid officers shall have been established, the said moiety shall be given to such officer: Provided nevertheless, that in all cases where such penalties, fines and forfeitures shall be recovered in pursuance of information given to such collector, by any person other than the naval officer or surveyor of the district, the one half of such moiety shall be given to such informer, and the remainder thereof shall be disposed of between the collector, naval officer, and surveyor, or surveyors, in manner aforesaid: Provided also, that where any fines, forfeitures and penalties, incurred by virtue of this act, are recovered in consequence of any information given by any officer of a revenue cutter, they shall, after deducting all proper costs and charges, be disposed of as follows: one fourth part shall be for the use of the United States, and paid into the treasury thereof in manner as before directed; one fourth part for the officers of the customs, to be distributed as herein before set forth; and the remainder thereof to the officers of such cutter, to be divided among them agreeably to their pay: And provided likewise, that whenever a seizure, condemnation and sale of goods, wares or merchandise, shall take place within the United States, and the value thereof shall be less than two hundred and fifty dollars, that part of the forfeiture which accrues to the United States, or so much thereof as may be necessary, shall be applied to the payment of the cost of prosecution. And be it

further provided, that if any officer, or other person entitled to a part or Persons entishare of any of the fines, penalties, or forfeitures, incurred in virtue of tled to a share this act, shall be necessary as a witness on the trial for such fine, pe- may be witnalty, or forfeiture, such officer or other person may be a witness upon nesses, &c. the said trial; but in such case he shall not receive nor be entitled to any part or share of the said fine, penalty or forfeiture, and the part or share to which he otherwise would have been entitled, shall revert to the United States.

Sec. 92. And be it further enacted, That except into the districts Except in cerherein before described on the northern, north-western and western tain districts no boundaries of the United States, adjoining to the dominions of Great brought into the Britain, in Upper and Lower Canada, and the districts on the rivers United States Ohio and Mississippi, no goods, wares or merchandise of foreign growth in vessels of at or manufacture, subject to the payment of duties, shall be brought into least thirty tons the United States from any foreign port or place in any other manner burthen, &c. than by sea, nor in any ship or vessel of less than thirty tons burthen, agreeably to the admeasurement hereby directed for ascertaining the Vol. 1.-88

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