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Bulletin No. 11 (1897)
Stahl, John M.
Rural mail delivery, pp. 142-144 PDF (773.8 KB)
RURAL MAIL DIEL4EBY.3 in opposition to these genteMe be- localIties That bill will come up at canse every member of congress knew the next session, and I hope every that what they mid was true. person who lives on a farm will wte As a resident d the city d Chicago to his senator in favor of the bill. It mAl is brought to my residence, which is supported by every agricultural is more than five miles from the post- paper in the country. Bills have been ofnce, three times every day, but as a passed approprlating mary million farmer of central Illinois, mail is not dollars for the Inland transportation of delivered to me once a year; when I mail by railroads, and that appropria- aint mail I must go four miles and a tion was increased practically ten per half to get It. cent. at the last session. Mr. Wana- maker declared that carrying the malls What Congress Has Done for Us. costs this country three or four times what the service was actually worth, lRven when congress has endeavored and he was postmaster-genaral and to improve the mail service to country ought to know. In a debate in the people the postoffice department has senate on the 2nd of this month Sena- taken the money and used it in the tor Butler showed that we were paying city, so that notwithstanding the ef- a little more now to carry A ton of forts of our friends in congress, who mail than we paid for the same service secured an inerease of $500,000 in the twenty years ago, while In that time appropriation for country service, there charges on freight have been reduced was actually expended $170,000 less more than forty per cent. Yet twenty than was expended the year befor years ago we paid more than anybody During the past four years the post- else, so that according to the Senator office department has been hostile to we pay now about twice as much as any improvement in the country mail private parties pay for carrying simi- service, and so they have maintained lar freight. that in order to deliver mail in every town and village, and on every farm Big loney for Postal Service. in the country it would make a net cost of somewhere between eight and. To show again how nicely the rail- twelve mrillion dollars. I have demon- roads get money out of Congress I will strated to my own satisfaction that it mention another thing. According to would not increase the net cost of the the bill enacted the 2nd of this month, postofice department a cent. For five we shall pay for the year begnng years free delivery in villages was July 1st $3,600,000 a year for the use tested and it was found that it not onlyo cer tain railroad cars in which to paid for itself but made net profit, carry mail. Now it has been repeat- and the hostile poutoffice department edly shown in congress that thor hba had to acknowledge that. It made cars can be built and equipped for a profit of 161P per cent. in the town $1,800,000, just one-half of what we where longest tested, and that is bet- pay every year for their use, and it has ter than any other business that I been shown that on an average they know of. The Loud bill to correct last twenty years, so that at the pres- abuses In the application of the second ent rate we are paying $72,000,000 for class rate of postage, which passed what costs the railroads less than the House In the last session of Con- $2,000,000, and If I had time I could gres., but which was killed in the show you even a more shameful mis- Senate, would have made a saving of appropriation Of funds by the poet- about eleven million dollars a year. offtce appropriation bill. Senator VWlas and that would have paid the expense has tried for years to get the compen- of delivering mail to every person in sation to railroads reduced, or to have thw coutry except a few in Wola*d the government build lt awn O cRm I NFL- - -,
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