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23 22 Distribution of duplicates and Exchanges A large number of duplicate specimens have been distributed during the year, mainly to institutions in the United States. In this manner, the Museum has been relieved of the care of much material of no further use to its workers, and students elsewhere have been given the benefit of its resources. Nearly all the collections sent out belonged to the regular series of duplicates, described in former reports and referred to elsewhere in this report. These have been made up from the duplicates resulting from the explorations of the United States Fish Commission and are collections of great value, a large share of the species they contain being recent additions to science from deep water. As has been the custom hitherto, no returns have been demanded from American institutions supplied with these sets, but collections have been sent to foreign counties only in exchange. Forty-eight sets belonging to the regular series were sent out in
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