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tween those who believed in bold- "I cannot live without you!" he
ly annnouncing labor's' convic- declared. "Don't say that," she
tions and those who were more replied. "I shall not marry you,'
timid and .wanted labor not to but I will ask father to give you a
think out loud. job."
DON'T ROAR TOO EARLY
They are trying a new thing on the people the parcels post
and there's bound to be a great roar. The express people will roar,
because their business will be hurt. The postofnce people will roar,
because not enough financial and physical aid has been given to
take care of the additional labor. And, finally, the great public will
roar, because it is expecting too much, expecting more than can
possibly be given, at least for some time to come.
In short, the postofnce department is going to be snowed
under, if this enterprise comes anywhere near meeting public de
mands. What should be the first undertaking by that department,
or in behalf of that department? Surely, to throw off all unneces
sary parts of its burden.
Last year, the postofnce depdrtment handled 61 million pounds
of matter without pay. This was about four per cent of the total
mail. It was done through use of the franking privilege. Congress
tickled their constituents with packages of seeds. Congressmen,,
through the "leave to print'' subterfuge, got into the Record any
thing they pleased. This year, for instance, there was got into
the mails and carried free the entire Democratic campaign book
and, last spring, nearly 4,000 "tons of the pre-convention campaign
literature was carried free in the mails under the congressional
franking privilege. The cost of handling these tons and tons o
mail matter was largely wasted. That cost was not paid by the
congressmen, but by the people, indirectly perhaps, but surely, and
a'bout the only return for it was a little added popularity for con
gressmen. Your congressman tickles your vanity by means of a
package of doubtful seeds or a speech in pamphlet form, but yon
finally pay for the tickling. He wins your opinion and you pay
him for it. Of course, the putting of party campaign literature into
the free mails is little short of rascality.
Before you get to cursing the weakness or the parcels post
service, ask yourself whether you would prefer getting your politi
cal literature promptly or the necessaries of life, the transportation
of which by mail, means decrease in the cost of living.
'Wouldn't you like another
piece of cake, dear?" asked the
good lady of the urchin at dinner, j couldn't swallow it"
"No'm, I guess not," said the boy
dubiously. "I could chew it, but