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BEGINNING OF THE THIRD SESSION OF THE FORTY-FIFTH CONGRESS.

WASHINGTON:
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.

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CONTENTS.

Page.

REPORT OF THE POSTMASTER GENERAL.

3-35

Receipts and expenditures.

3

Amount drawn from the Treasury on appropriations.

4

Estimates for 1880

5

Deficiency appropriations.

5

Liabilities.....

6

Issues of postage-stamps, envelopes, and postal cards

6

Dead letters

7

Registered letters...

7

Statistics of transportation

8

Insufficiency of appropriations for railway mail service.

8

Cost of railway service

9

Transfer of mails from stations to post-offices

10

Errors of railway mail commission.

10

Comparative cost of service.

11

Temporary contracts...

11

Mail-bags, catchers, locks, and keys

12

Special agents and mail depredations

12

Railway post-office lines

13

Operations of topographer's office

14

Number of post-offices and appointments

14

Departmental employés ....

15

Operations of the free-delivery system.

15

Cause of the increase of the money-order business.

17

Revenues and expenses

18

Romittance of surplus funds.

18

Transfer of funds

19

Lost remittances

19

Money-orders erroneously paid.

20

Duplicate money-orders.....

21

Exchange of money-orders with foreign countries.

21

General results of money.order business

24

Weight of foreign mails .

25

Cost of ocean service.

25

Admissions to Postal Union

25

International Postal Congress.

26

Synopsis of Universal Postal Convention

26

Work of United States delegates to Postal Congress..

28

Limited indemnity recommended for lost registered letters

29

Foreign books by mail

30

How deficiencies are created by law

31

Consequences of the possible reduction of railway mail service.

32

Registration of third-class matter

33

The department not expected to be self-sustaining

33

How to avoid deficiencies

34

New post-offices recon mended for San Francisco, Cal., and Washington, D.C.

34

REPORT OF THE FIRST ASSISTANT POSTMASTER-GENERAL

39

Statistics of free delivery

40-43

Operations of the appointment division

44

Increase and decrease of post-offices.

45

Second and third class matter mailed from 181 first-class post-offices for three months end-
ing September 30, 1878

46-50

Proceedings of a conference of publishers upon the proposed bill for the classification of

mail matter

51-53

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