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INSPECTOR. The name given to certain officers whose duties are to examine and inspect things over which they have jurisdiction; as, inspector of bark , one who is by law authorized to examine bark for exportation, and to approve or disapprove of its quality. Inspectors of customs are officers appointed by the general government: as to their duties, see Story's L. U. S. vol. 1, 590, 605, 609, 610, 612, 619, 621, 623, 650; ii. 1490, 1516; iii. 1650, 1790.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The Inspector, who was not yet twenty-five, signified his assent in the usual manner, while Abu Hussein barked at the vast desert moon.
The Inspector leaped down among them, and the homesick wanderers received him as a brother.
"Let us visit them," said the inspector with an air of fatigue.
"Take all needful precautions," replied the inspector.
This was so obviously the right thing to say for an officer of Chief Inspector Heat's reputation that it was perfectly delightful.
Furthermore, Chief Inspector Heat was conscious of not having mended matters by allowing himself to express a conviction.
"Send for the inspector," said Richard to his secretary, who had already read the report and marked it with blue pencil.
I could have done it easily, but that fool of an inspector over there held me."
Holmes!" cried the inspector. "The papers will be full of the Birlstone mystery in a day or two; but where's the mystery if there is a man in London who prophesied the crime before ever it occurred?
'Indeed?' said Mr Inspector, with an attentive ear; 'where did you pick him up?'
"You had no letter from him, then, previous to the marconigram?" the inspector asked.
"Inspector Gregory, to whom the case has been committed, is an extremely competent officer.