Excerpt from Decisions of the First Comptroller of the Treasury: May, 1893 September, 1894 On assuming the duties of the office of First Comptroller of the Treasury I experienced much difficulty in ascertaining the previous rulings of the Comptrollers and the reasons for many of the practices prevailing in the office, because of the lack of written decisions by my predecessors. Even where written decisions had been rendered, difficulty was experienced in finding them, because they had t been published. It was soon ascertained that in many cases, if the decisions of the Comptroller were published, the rulings, being kwn, would be a guide to persons presenting claims against the Government to be settled by the First Comptroller's Office, and would prevent the presentation of many such claims. It was, therefore, deemed expedient to publish such of the Comptroller's decisions as would establish precedents for the settlement of claims of a similar character. The importance of such publication is greatly enhanced by the provisions of the act of July 31, 1894, reorganizing the accounting offices of the Treasury, which require the Auditors to follow the existing constructions of statutes unless and until overruled by the Comptroller of the Treasury. The decisions w published cover the period of my incumbency of this office. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.