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U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

OFFICE OF THE SOLICITOR.

GEO. P. McCABE, SOLICITOR.

LAWS APPLICABLE
TO THE UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.

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U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

OFFICE OF THE SOLICITOR,

Washington, D. C., December 7, 1912. Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith a digest of the laws applicable to the Department of Agriculture, which has been compiled under my direction by Mr. Otis H. Gates, of this office.

I recommend the publication of this compilation for the use of the officers and employees of the department. Respectfully,

Geo. P. McCABE,

Solicitor. Hon. JAMES WILSON,

Secretary of Agriculture. 2

PREFACE.

The first edition of this work, published in 1908, supplied a need for a convenient compend of the law affecting the Department of Agriculture. Until its publication the laws applicable to this department had not been brought together. To ascertain the law on any subject affecting the department necessitated a search through the Revised Statutes, the Supplements thereto, and the Statutes at Large. The former edition of this work embraced all legislation in effect on July 1, 1907, or to and including the Fifty-ninth Congress. That edition is now obsolete in many respects by reason of subsequent enactments by Congress, including new legislation or provisions repealing or superseding earlier provisions.

The present compilation collects and presents all laws affecting the Department of Agriculture, permanent or not clearly temporary in their nature, in force on August 27, 1912, including the enactments of the second session of the Sixty-second Congress. The work represents the results of a careful and painstaking examination of the Revised Statutes, the Supplements thereto, and the Statutes at Large. Provisions in various acts and riders in agricultural and other appropriation acts have been extracted and preserved. The work embraces not only provisions of law relating specifically to the Department of Agriculture and its various branches, officers, etc., but also all provisions relating to the public service in general and incidentally affecting, or applicable to, the Department of Agriculture. It was deemed convenient to classify the subject matter on this general basis, notwithstanding the fact that many sections of the work relating to the public service in general, and affecting the Department of Agriculture incidentally, treat of the same subject matter as sections of the work relating specifically to the department. The provisions of law are arranged according to subject matter under appropriate general headings. The classification of the subject matter, owing to its heterogeneous character, is necessarily arbitrary in many instances. Provisions related in subject matter have been placed in juxtaposition without regard to time or order of enactment. Acts and parts of acts deemed inapplicable to the Department of Agriculture, or which have expired or have been repealed, or for which substitutes in express terms are provided, are omitted,

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