U.S. Supreme Court
United States v. Mosby, 133 U.S. 273 (1890)
United States v. Mosby
Nos. 1112, 1320
Argued January 17, 1890
Decided February 3, 1890
133 U.S. 273
APPEALS FROM THE COURT OF CLAIMS
The question considered as to what are "official services" performed by consuls under the consular regulations of 1874 and 1881, prescribed by the President by virtue of the provisions of § 1745 of the Revised Statutes.
Fees collected by a consul for the examination of Chinese emigrants going to the United States on foreign vessels, and fees for certificates of shipment of merchandise in transit through the United States to other countries, and fees for recording instruments which are not official documents recorded in the record books required to be kept by the consul, but relate to private transactions for individuals not requiring the use of the consul's title or seal of office, and fees for cattle disease certificates, and fees for acknowledgments and authentications of instruments certifying the official character and signatures of notaries public, and fees for settling private estates, and fees for shipping and discharging seamen on foreign-built vessels sailing on the China coast under the United States flag are not moneys which he is required to account for to the United States.
Fees collected by him for certifying extra copies of quadruplicate invoices of goods shipped to the United States, and money received for interest on public moneys deposited in bank, and fees collected for certificates of shipments or extra invoices, and fees for certifying invoices for free goods imported into the United States are moneys which he is required to account for to the United States.