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Collection of Customs in the Confederated States.

--C. G. Memminger, Secretary of the Treasury of the Confederated States, has issued circular instructions in relation to the collection of Customs. Revenue stations on the railroad lines entering the new Confederacy, where all goods are to be subject to examination, and the trunks and personal baggage of passengers will be subject to the following supervision:

Passenger baggage.

The baggage of all passengers passing over the railroad routes before named, on arrival at the aforesaid revenue station or depots, shall be subject to the inspection and examination of either the revenue guard at such stations, or revenue officer at such revenue depots, and any baggage that may be intended to be landed at places between the revenue stations and first revenue depots, may be examined by the revenue guard, and if containing no articles subject to duty, shall be landed at the intermediate place named, by having the following permit, signed by the said revenue guard, pasted prominently on the trunk, valise, carpet-bag, or other envelope of such baggage, and the permit shall be in the following form:
--Baggage Permit--
Revenue Station, at
Passenger baggage examined and may be delivered.
A. B., Revenue Guard.

Baggage containing dutiable merchandize.

Should, however, dutiable articles be found in such baggage, the trunk or other package containing the same must be placed in the car with the merchandize, and under the revenue lock, as before required, and the fact noticed in the manifest. And such baggage shall be delivered, with the other merchandize, to the chief revenue officer at the revenue depot, under the foregoing regulations.

Disposition of baggage at revenue depots.

Passenger baggage destined for places beyond or more interior than the revenue depot, must be examined by the chief revenue officer at said revenue depot, and if they are found not to contain any merchandize subject to duty, may pass to their destination by having a permit in the same form as that provided for revenue stations, signed by the chief revenue officer, pasted thereon.

Should, however, such baggage contain dutiable merchandize, the trunks or other package in which said baggage is contained, shall be deposited at said revenue depot as hereinbefore provided for regular merchandize.

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