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TO THE EDITOR. Sin,—l write entirely pro bono publico, my own little grievance having been redressed. This morning I received from my sister in England a photographic group of her family. I could not obtain it at the Post Office without paying 2a duty and Id primage levied by the Customs. On applying at the Collector of Customs' office (he being absent) I was told by his clerk that this duty was levied under the class fancy goods, 20 per cent, ad valorem. It was in vain to point out the absurdity of this, and on my informing the clerk that I should bring the matter before the Commissioner of Customs, he gave me permission to do so—a permiscion for which I thanked him, but told him I did not need.

Pursuing the matter still further in another office, it was discovered that family portraits are specially exempted from duty by a decision of the Commissioner.*. As I was told at the Custom-house that other photographs of the same class had been charged duty, and some this very day, I thought it only right to give those persons wrongly charged the benefit of my experience.—l am, etc., Thomas Harland. Dunedin, October 30.

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PRO BONO PUBLICO., Issue 8053, 1 November 1889

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PRO BONO PUBLICO. Issue 8053, 1 November 1889

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