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

WASHINGTON:
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.

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N. J. "

CONTENTS.

Page.

REPORT OF THE POSTMASTER GENERAL.

Receipts and expenditures.

Amount drawn from the Treasury on appropriations.

Estimates for 1880

Deficiency appropriations.

Liabilities.....

Issues of postage-stamps, envelopes, and postal cards

Dead letters

Registered letters...

Statistics of transportation

Insufficiency of appropriations for railway mail service.

Cost of railway service

Transfer of mails from stations to post-offices

Errors of railway mail commission.

Comparative cost of service.

Temporary contracts...

Mail-bags, catchers, locks, and keys

Special agents and mail depredations

Railway post-office lines

Operations of topographer's office

Number of post-offices and appointments

Departmental employés ....

Operations of the free-delivery system.

Cause of the increase of the money-order business.

Revenues and expenses

Romittance of surplus funds.

Transfer of funds

Lost remittances

Money-orders erroneously paid.

Duplicate money-orders.....

Exchange of money-orders with foreign countries.

General results of money.order business

Weight of foreign mails .

Cost of ocean service.

Admissions to Postal Union

International Postal Congress.

Synopsis of Universal Postal Convention

Work of United States delegates to Postal Congress..

Limited indemnity recommended for lost registered letters

Foreign books by mail

How deficiencies are created by law

Consequences of the possible reduction of railway mail service.

Registration of third-class matter

The department not expected to be self-sustaining

How to avoid deficiencies

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

REPORT OF THE FIRST ASSISTANT POSTMASTER-GENERAL

Statistics of free delivery

Operations of the appointment division

Increase and decrease of post-offices.

Second and third class matter mailed from 181 first-class post-offices for three months end-

ing September 30, 1878

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

mail matter

46-50

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