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CUSTOMS. This term is usually applied to those taxes which are payable upon goods and merchandise imported or exported. Story, Const. Sec. 949; Bac. Ab. Smuggling.

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These old gentlemen -- seated, like Matthew at the receipt of custom, but not very liable to be summoned thence, like him, for apostolic errands -- were Custom-House officers.
There was always a prophetic instinct, a low whisper in my ear, that within no long period, and whenever a new change of custom should be essential to my good, change would come.
All this, it seemed, had been the property of the two chieftains I had slain, and now, by the customs of the Tharks, it had become mine.
But," he continued, in his fierce guttural tones, "if you run off with the red girl it is I who shall have to account to Tal Hajus; it is I who shall have to face Tars Tarkas, and either demonstrate my right to command, or the metal from my dead carcass will go to a better man, for such is the custom of the Tharks.
And the Doctor, than whom no man or boy had a stronger liking for old school customs which were good and sensible, had, as has already been hinted, come into most decided collision with several which were neither the one nor the other.
Then silence being made, Warner reminds them of the old School-house custom of drinking the healths, on the first night of singing, of those who are going to leave at the end of the half.
If anyone, at this moment, had entered the Custom House, he would have found Mr.
Fogg, Aouda, and Passepartout left the Custom House without delay, got into a cab, and in a few moments descended at the station.
It is the custom in war," said D'Artagnan, "why should it not be the custom in a duel?
D'Artagnan began by making his most splendid toilet, then returned to Athos's, and according to custom, related everything to him.
Whenever a loved pig died its owners were in custom bound to go out and kill somebody, anybody.
About this period the people were much incensed at an act committed by a person who held an office in the Custom House.

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