Curiosities of Toil and Other Papers Volume 1-2

Curiosities of Toil and Other Papers Volume 1-2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...for two years, and, if still unclaimed, are sold at Debenham and Storr's, and the proceeds are carried to the credit of the Life Insurance Olfice in connection with the Post Oflice, the sum being added to the extent of 5 per cent. on premiums of those insured. Newspapers that fail to be delivered in consequence of the wrappers coming off, or returned from the fact of not being stamped, or insufliciently stamped, &c., find their way to this oflice'in large quantities, It is just possible that the department was until very lately chargeable with the miscarriage of many of these, inasmuch as the postage stamps were so thinly covered with gum that they fell off: 1,200,000 got loose in the Post Office in 1865. In the next year this was remedied by a thicker coating of the adhering material, and the number of loose stamps fell to 760,000. Possibly if people would not lick stamps, but wet them, there would be still fewer failures of both letters and newspapers from this cause. The detained newspapers amount to five sacks a week. They are all torn up, and sold for waste paper. VVhile witnessing this destruction, we could not help thinking that a few of them would be well distributed if sent to our poorhouses and other charitable institutions, where the poor inmates have so little to cheer them in their often enforced idleness. We recommend this idea to the Post Office authorities. We cannot, within the limits of this article, do more than refer to the many new departments which have of late years been created and placed under the government of the Post Oflice. The Money-Order Oflice has grown enormously, and has, in fact, superseded to a very large extent the system of bank drafts. The Savings Bank, with ramifications throughout...show more

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236986652
  • 9781236986658