Swift Company v. United States
105 U.S. 691 (1881)

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Swift Company v. United States, 105 U.S. 691 (1881)

Swift Company v. United States

105 U.S. 691

Syllabus

1. Under the Act of July 14, 1870, c. 255, the proprietor of friction matches, who furnished his own dies, was entitled to a commission of ten percent, payable in money upon the amount of adhesive stamps over $500 which he at any one time purchased for his own use from the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

2. The provisions of the statute being clear to that effect, he is entitled to recover pursuant thereto, although a different contemporaneous construction of them was given by the bureau, it not appearing that he acquiesced therein.

The facts are stated in the opinion of the Court.

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