Arthur v. Zimmerman - 96 U.S. 124 (1877)
U.S. Supreme Court
Arthur v. Zimmerman, 96 U.S. 124 (1877)
Arthur v. Zimmerman
96 U.S. 124
1. The distinction between "cotton braids" and "other manufactures of cotton not otherwise provided for," and "hat braids," has been established and recognized by Congress by the Acts of March 2, 1861, 12 Stat. 178, and July 14, 1862, id., 543, and sec. 2504 of the Revised Statutes.
2. "Braids . . . used for making or ornamenting hats," being specifically enumerated in said acts of 1861 and 1862, are subject to the duty thereby prescribed, and not to that imposed by the sixth section of the Act of June 30, 1864, 13 Stat. 209, upon "cotton braids, insertings, lace trimmings, or bobbinets, and all other manufactures of cotton not otherwise provided for."
In 1873 and 1874, Zimmerman imported certain goods from France which were composed of cotton and commercially known as "hat braids." Arthur, the collector of the port of New York, imposed upon them and collected, under protest, a duty of ninety percent of thirty-five percent ad valorem under the sixth section of the Tariff Act of 1864, 13 Stat. 209, which imposes that duty upon "cotton braids, insertings, lace trimmings, or bobbinets, and all other manufactures of cotton not otherwise provided for."
It appeared, upon the trial of the suit to recover the excess so paid, that there were goods known as cotton braids used for other purposes, but that the goods in question were commercially known as "hat braids," and used exclusively for making and trimming hats and bonnets.
The court below, being of the opinion that the articles were only liable to duty at thirty percent under the eighth section of the Act of July 14, 1862, 12 Stat. 551, so instructed the jury and directed a verdict for the plaintiff. Judgment having been rendered thereon, the collector brought the case here.