Several days before the close of last session of congress the act was approved to provide for deductions from the gross tonnage of vessels of the United States. A few days ago the treasury department received a letter from collector Spaulding of Chicago asking for instructions under the new law. The following is the reply:
Your letter of the 1st instant is received, submitting certain inquiries in relation to deductions from the gross tonnage of vessels of the United States under the act of August 5, 1882, and in reply to said inquiries you are informed as follows:
1. It is obligatory on all vessels of the United States to have the deductions noted upon their marine documents in order that said documents may express the net or register tonnage of the vessels as provided in this act.
2. The cabin space includes all space occupied by the crew of the ship's company, including the officers.
3. Where the marine documents show the tonnage capacity of any excepted space as ascertained by United States officers, you may except the capacity as named and waive the admeasurement and fee therefor.
You will be further instructed as to the exaction of inspection fees from steam vessels.
H. F. FRENCH