Hedden v. Robertson - 151 U.S. 520 (1894)
U.S. Supreme Court
Hedden v. Robertson, 151 U.S. 520 (1894)
Hedden v. Robertson
Argued January 25, 1894
Decided February 5, 1894
151 U.S. 520
Woven cotton cloth, the groundwork of which was uniform, and upon which were figures or patterns woven into it by means of a Jacquard attachment contemporaneously with the weaving of the fabric, and which was known as Madras mull, being imported into the United States in 1886, became subject to the specific duties imposed by Schedule I (paragraphs 319, 320, 321 in the customs enumeration) of the Tariff Act of March 3, 1883, c. 121, 22 Stat. 488, estimated by the number of threads to the square inch, and not to the ad valorem duty imposed by the same schedule on manufactures of cotton not specially enumerated.
This was an action at law against the collector at the port of New York, to recover duties alleged to have been illegally imposed upon importations of cotton cloth. Under direction of the court the jury found a verdict for the plaintiff, on which judgment was entered. To that judgment the defendant sued out this writ of error. The case is stated in the opinion.