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This map Is for use only In Unit No. 1071, In which the ,
city of Wahington Is located. 40r l-·
Numbered squares represent units of area; circles indicate r mrui
is unrdar of aohee. m
PARCEL POST RATES REGULATED
THROUGH SYSTEM OF ZONES
Uncle Sam's New Enterprise Clearly Explained-How Charges Are
Fixed and What Class of Merchandise May Be Carried
Through the Mails Under the New Law.
Sy EDWARD B. CLARK. d
With the coming of the New Year 14
the United States government will en- d
t late a new field of enterprise- 2
the treasm'ttal of merchandise by what e
is meown as the parcel post
'"f is no ezggeratioin to say that
tisNands upon thousands of hquir e
e have been made of the postmaster V
gIeral as to Just what the parcel b
pat will mean to people. It was 1
the law of conre establishing the u
system which md provision for a
tvlesI of the ountry In zones n
ai into 8,.000 un' ; which are to be 11
sed as centers in describlng the cir- i1
ese which mark the boundaries of a
the sa . There has been no clear
unustandlaog apparently, of this u
seie system. but really It is a very a
impe matter. II
The accompanying map shows the lh
mantry divided into zones from the a
sait In which Washington is sit- ii
asted, as the center. Accompanylng a
the map is a table showing the rate a
a postage per pound for parcels from iv
Washington to places within all the a
Nach unit contains an area thirty ii
miles quare. Now each unit is a 1f
easter from which the nones are o
drawn and so every unit in the coun
tr am matte where It is situated will ti
have zones drawn from It Just exactly o
a Washington has them drawn from a
It. fr instance. take Keokuk. I..
which is in a unit Ia the fifth one.
hem that will be drawn circles e- p
etly as they are drawn from Wash
tgtesa and they will be numbered from n
Xeokuh as number one. Just as they d
ae numbered from Washington as s
namber one Of course. however. 14
lane 8Si will have a different geo- b
raphlcal position as related to Keo- c
huh than it has as related to Wash. 1
laston. but as the radius of the circles p
RATES OF POSTAGE
Paroels weighing four ounces or less are mailable at the rate of one
cent for each ounce or fraction of an ounce, regardless of distance. Par
eels weighing more then four ounces are mailable at the pound rate, as
shown by the following table, and when mailed at this rate any fraction
of a pound Is considered a full pound.
lst sone 2nd 3d 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Wt. Local Zone zone zone gone zone zone zone zone
Lbs. rate. rate. rate. rate. rate. rate. rate. rate. rate.
1 .......... $0.06 0.06 0.06 30.07 30.08 $0.09 $0.10 l0.11 $0.12
S.......... .06 A.0 .10 .12 .14 .16 .19 21 24
3 .......... .07 .11 .14 .17 .20 .23 28 .31 .36
4 .......... .0 .14 .18 .22 26 .30 .87 .41 .48
" .......... .0 .17 .22 .27 .32 .37 A6 .51 .0
" .......... .10 .20 .26 .32 .38 .44 .6 .61 .72
7 .......... .11 .23 .30 .37 .44 .51 .64 .71 3.4
8 .......... .12 .26 .34 .42 .50 .58 .73 .81 .96
9 .......... .13 .29 .38 A7 .56 .66 .82 .91 108
10 .........14 .32 .42 .52 .62 .72 .91 1.01 1.20
11 .......... .16 .36 .46 .57 .68 .79 1.00 1.11 12
*Fer a full explanation of the rates of postage In the First Zone sec
the Parcel Post Guide.
Broker--Our bookkeeper has stolen
$0,.000 fromw us and loet It at 8kin
a-s & Shark's.
Partner-Well. well got him a Job
at Skhinesm Shark's and let him do
hi trading with as.
Look That GiTes Joy.
OGM and ilver may supply us with
t' asessarles of life, with food and
malk s~dhes and bouer; but they
1-stgive the Joy of a aind ook.
drawn from Keokuk is the same I
length as the radius of the circles
drawn from Washington, Keokuk's
Zone Six will be must as far from its
t center as Washington's Zone Six is
How Rates Are FIs4r
it eda be seen frda this readily
enough that the postal rates from
Washingto1 to its particular zone will
be the same as the postal rates from
I Keokuk to its particular zones. Each
I unit being about thirty miles square
º will of course contain in most cases a
I number of postomces, but each office
In the same unit is considered as be
ing the center of the circles from
which the zones are drawn. Theii
rates of postage are fixed from the
Sunit in which the sending postomce is
situated, but the price to every place
in any zone is Just the same. To il
lustrate, it will cost exactly the same
amount to send a parcel from Wash- I
ington to Erie, Pa., that it costs to
send it to Atlanta Ga.. because Erie 1
and Atlanta with reference to Wash- 1
Ington are situated in the fourth
zone. The rates therefore are fixed
from the unit in which the postomce I
is located, but they are the same a
Sfrom that ofce to any point in any a
It will be seen by reference to the
table of rates of postage that it will a
cost more per pound to send a pack- I
Sage a long distance than it does to i
send it a short distance. The rate in- 1
creases for a package weighing one I
pound at the rate of one cent for I
each zone. No package weighing I
more than 11 pounds can be sent nn- 1
der the new parcel post law it a
should be said right here that on the I
long hauls the parcel post may not 1
be able to compete with the express
companies, but that on shorter hauls
it can so compete. It was the ex- 1
I pressed desire of the legislators and
"You meet some oddities in bust.
"Give me an itstance of what you
"It takes a promDaIg young man to
establish a prying trade."
L A world without a Sabbath would be
I like a man without a smile, like a
flmmer without flowers and like a
hmesstsad without a -rdsu.-Besch.
of the postomce officials that the par
cel post system should be made of
particular use to persons having farm
h and factory products to transmit to
) customers. It can be said in a general
way that anything can be sent which
is properly wrapped and which will
Snot injure other mail matter with
which it may come in contact.
Copy Foreign Countries.
It Is probable that the government
will adopt a means of transportation
for certain kinds of its merchandise
much like those which have been
, adopted in parcel post countries
,abroad. What the English call ham
pers. basket-like arrangements. prob
ably will te adopted. an4as tapse can
be kept separate from the oldinary
mail matter it is believed that the
regulations as finally adopted will al
low the sending of eggs. butter, dress
ed poultry, live poultry, honey, fruit,
and other products of the country
The 11-pound limit for a single pack
age may work at first against any
very extended use of the parcel post
for some of the articles which have
been named. Of course, more weight
can be sent if it is sent in different
parcels, but the cost in that case
would be heavier, because the In
crease per pound on a single package
is not great up to 11 pounds, and
probably it would Increase at no great
er rate If the government were to
raise the limit of weight which is now
Every postmaster in the United
I States will have a parcel poet map
like the one which is here reproduced
except that the sone lines will be
shown with the unit of his postomce
as a center. All that a postmaster
will have to do when a parcel is pre
seated for transportation is to find out
in what zone the destination of the
package dies. His table will show
him Instantly the rate per pound
from the unit in which his postoiee
lies to the zone of the package's des
tination, the price, as has been ex
plained before, to every poetofce in
any one zone being the same. The
parcel post will take nothing but
fourth-class matter. Printed matter
I in still in the third-class designation.
Therefore books cannot be sent by the
narcel post system.
Rate on Seeds Not Affected.
It should be said that the act of
congress which puts a parcel post
plan into operation does not in any
way affect the postage rate on seeds.
cuttings, bulbs, roots, scions and
plants as fixed by section 482 of the
postal laws and regulations.
The classification of articles mal
ible as well as the weight limit, the
rates of postage, zone or zones and
other conditions of mailability und.-r
the act of congress, if the postmaster
general shall find on experience "that
'he- or any of them are such as to
prevent the shipment of articles d
sirable, or shall permanently rende
he cost of the service greater than
'he receipts of the revenue therefrom
he is hereby authorized, subject to
the consent of the Interstate cown
merce commission after investigation
,o return from time to time such
" lassiflcation. weight limit, rates. zor.
or zones or conditions. in order to pro
mote the service to the public or to
insure the receipt of revenue fror.
-uch service adequate to ply the cos'
"I always did make a hit with the
women," bragged Henry VIII.
"With your wit, sire?" murmured
the obsequious courtier.
S"No.' answered the monarch, with
a sly smile. "With an ax."
Pomp in the East.
"I understand the king of Siam has
a white elephant." "Yes. and It gave
hblm great prestige until the king of
Cambodia visited Eturope. He brought
back a seeaond-hand taxicab."
RULES GOVERNING MAILING OF
PACKAGES UNDER NEW SYSTEM
After Jan. 1 One May Mail Anything Weighing Not More Than 11
Pounds by Parcel Post-Perishable Articles May Be
Sent Under Specific Restrictions.
Postmaster General Hitchcock has
Just approved the regulations which
cover nla detail the articles which may
or may not be sent by parcel post
The rules .ps cpn be seat
and what cafAnot e ent and the in
struetions for the preparation of mail
able articles with other "omffcial ad
vice" are given here as they have Just
been prepared by the postofice de
partment toin Washington.
The minimum rate will be five cents
for the first pound and three cents for
each additional pound to any point not
exceeding fifty miles from the office of
mailing; the local rate. which is five
cents for the first pound and one cent
for additional pound, applies to all
parcels the delivery of which does not
involve their transportation on rail
way lines. The rates increase for
each successive one of the eight sones.
the maximum rate being twelve cents
a pound. which will carry a parcel
across the continent or to any of our
possessions. Parcels will be limited
to eleven pounds in weight and six
feet In length and girth combined.
Mailable Perishable Articles.
Butter. lard and perishable articles
such as fish, fresh meats,. dressed
fowls, vegetables, fruits, berries and
articles of a similar nature that decay
quickly, when so packed or wrapped
as to prevent damage to other mail
matter. will be accepted for local de
livery either at the office of mailing or
on any rural route starting therefrom.
When inclosed in an inner cover and
a strong outer cover of wood. met
al. heavy corrugated pasteboard or
other suitable material and wrapped
so that nothing can escape from the
package, they will be accepted for
mailing to any offices within the first
zone or within a radius of 50 miles.
Butter. lard. or any greasy or oily sub
stance intended for delivery at omces
beyond the first zone must be suitably
packed Vegetables and fruit that do
not decay quickly will be accepted for
mailing to any zone if packed so as
to prevent damage to other mail mat
ter. Eggs will be accepted for local
delivery when securely packed in a
basket or other container Eggs will
be accepted for mailing regardless of
distance when each egg is wrapped
*enarately and peked in a container.
There is no restriction onf salted.
dried smoked or cured meats and
other meat products. but fresh meat
in any form will be transported only
Parcels containing perishable arti
cles must be marked "PERISHABLE,"
and articles likely to spoil within the
time reasonably required for trans
rortation and delivery will not be ac
contpd for mailine
.\anutacturers or dealers intendaing
Lo transmit articles in considerable
Smith-Has your son any fixed
habit that worries you as to his fu
Jones-Yes; he fights about ten
rounds every morning with the alarm
Success and Failure.
It is sometimes hardto find out Just
how the man who is successful has
managed to succeed, but it is always.
easy to see why failure comes to those
who ful.-Chicago Record Herald
quantities are asked to submit to the
postmaster for approval a specimen
parcel showing the manner of pack
Queen Bees wed Nursery Stock.
Queen bees. Sve insects, and dried
reptiles may be mailed In accordance
with the regulations that now apply to
other classes of mail
Seeds of fruit. nursery stock, and all
other plant products for preparation
may be mailed under the same con
Confectionery and Soap.
Candies, confectionery, yeast cakes,
soap in hard cakes. etc.. must be in
closed in boxes and so wrapped as to
prevent injury to other mail mat
Sealed original packages of proprl
etary articles. such as soaps, tobacco.,
pills, tablets. etc.. put up In txed
quantities by the manufacturer, and
not in themselves unmailable. will
be accepted for mailing when proper
Fragile articles, such as millllnery.
toys. musical instruments. etc., and ar
ticles consisting wholly or in part of
glassm or contained in glass, must be
securely packed and the parcel stamp
ed or labeled "URAGILE."
The following matter is declared un
mallable by law:
Matter manifestly obscene, lewd. or
lascivious; articles intended for pr.
venting conception; articles intended
for indecent or immoral purposes; all
matters otherwise mailable by law. the
outside cover or wrapper of which
bears any delineation or language of
a libelous, scurrilous, defamatory, or
threatening character. All such mat
ter, when deposited in a post offce or
FACTS ABOUT THE NEW PARCEL POST
The new parcel poet goes Into operation January 1, 191
Only mail matter now included in fourth class, or merohandlss, will
Perishable articles such as butter, lard, fruits, berries and dressed
fowls may be sent short distances.
Eggs for local delivery when packed in contalners may be sent. When
packed separately they may be sent any distance.
Fresh meats may be sent only In the first zone (50 miles).
There are no restrictions on salted, dried or cured meats or fish.
Millinery, toys, musical Instruments, glassware and breakable goods
must be marked "fragile."
The following may not be sent: Intoxicating liquors, polsons.
matches, explosives, firearms and live poultry.
Books and printed matter are included In third class and may not
The weight limit will be eleven pounds.
To find the size limit: Take a piece of string 72 Inches long and wind
it once completely around the parcel and then acroes the top lengthways.
If the ends of the string reach the sides of the parcel it comes under the
Regular carriers will deliver parcels wherever possible.
Parcels must be mailed at the postofflce or branches and special
stamps must be used.
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Often Something Bad.
3 "There are very few people In this
world who know what is good for
"Maybe so, but there are compare.
I tively few people in the world who I
don't know what they want."
Force of Habit.
"Why did she want to set her hus.
Sband's will aside?" "Merely becauee
I It was her husband's, and she had sot 1
i'n the habit of settlng his will asuide"
tound in the mails, shall be withdrawn
and sent to the division of dead let
Intoxicants, Poisons and Inflammable
Spirituous, vinous, malted, ferment
ed. or other intoxicating liquors of any
kind; poisons of every kind, and arti
cles and compositions containing pol
sons, poisonous animals, insects and
reptiles; explosives of every kind; in
inflammable material (which are held
to include matches, kerosene oil, gas
oline, naphtha, benztne, turgentine, de
natured alcohol, etc.), internal ma
chines, and mechanical, chemical or
other devices or compositions which
may ignite or explode; disease germs
or scabs, and 4ther natural or artlB
cial articles, dozpositions or mate
rials of whatever kind which may
kill, or in any wise injure another or
damage the mail or other property.
i'ostmasters will refuse to receive
for malling parcels not properly in
dorsed or packed for safe shipment.
Pistols, Animals and Birds.
Pistols or revolvers, whether in de
tached parts or otherwise; live or
dead (and not staffed) animals, birds,
or poultry, except as elsewhere pro
vi led; raw hides or pelts, guano, or
any article having a bad odor will
not be admitted to the mails.
Insurance on Parcels.
A mailable parcel on which the
postage is fully prepaid may be in
sured against loss in an amount equiv
alent to its actual value, but not to
exceed $50, on payment of a tee of
ten cents In parcel post stamps, such
stamps to be afzed.
Parcels may be remalled or for
warded on the payment of additional
postage at the rate which would be
chargeable if they were originally
mailed at the forwarding osee, in
which case the necessary stamps will
be affixed by the forwarding postmas
ter. Payment must be made every
time the parcel is forwarded.
Maps and Guides.
Parcel poet maps, with accompany.
ing guides, are to be sold to the pub.
lic at their cost, 75 cents, through the
chief clerk of the post omce depart
ment In ordering maps care should
be taken to specify the post cces
from which the postage rates are to
In the Balkans.
"I call for volunteers!"
"For what. general?"
"To rush up in front of yonder con.
traption and see whether it is a new
tangled gun or merely a moving-pl
Children Feel Inquisitive.
brings them up, there is nothing so
finely perceived and so finely felt as
RELICS OF KHEM
Inclosure Has Long Been
ing Place of Czars.
Ivan or Bell Tower Contalns 36
-In Front of the Arsenal C
Still Be Seen the "Great
Moscow .-The Kremlin, like t
bidden City in P'ekin, is inclosed
wall entirely independndt of tht
circling the city, says \\'illiam
i In the National Geogra,hic M
It marks the part which escaped
great conflagration when the on
districts of Moscow were burae
the Russians, who were besies
Napoleon. The present wall
one of oak-some 500 years
which, like the Great Wall of
was erected as a defense from
Within this inclosure is the I
palace, the treasury, the arseaml
three cathedrals, which for
have respectively been the plain
the crowning, the marrying ad
burying of the czars of this grog
tion. The inclosure also contal
convent and many great mon
On one side, far below, flows the
Moskva, from which the city
its name. From the river's
bank the view of the splendor o
collection of buildings is uns
Probably nowhere in the world
an inclosure of the dimensions of
described by the wall of the
contain precious stones approi
the value of those displayed hera
has been aptly stated that they
not be counted by thousands,
measured by the peck. To guard
800 soldiers are constantly is
around these buildings.
The Ivan or Bell tower is the
conspicuous structure in the in
and contains 36 bells, two of
are of silver, the largest of the
lection weighing 65 tons.
This large bell seems to loss
magnitude when we come to
the one resting on a stone fo
just outside the tower, which
200 tons. It was originally la
to hang within the walls, but soon
ter it was cast a fire destroyed
Tower and Gate of the K i
building which sheltered it,
nine gaping cracks and the
ment of a piece of the bell
nine tons. Owing to this
Its tongue has ever remained
Not far from the bell tower
the arsenal, in front of which he
play of 850 bronze cannon,
captured from the Turks and
Prominent among these is the
aun." Its mouth having a
three feet, surrounded by so
shell that regard for safety
accounts for the fact that it, SW
great bell, hau never spokmL
These two eurlos, eoupled dIth
cow's prevalent pating materd,_
spoken of as the three sadist
dera of the city. "The heatht
whiblch never was rang, and the
cannon which never was ied,
the greatest amount of
pavement" (which ought to be
JOKES AS SURGEON
Stolcal Patient Indulgee Is
Qulbe and Jests in Penm
Beaver Palls. Pa.-Whlle
carved an operation at the
Hospltal. J. T. Mecklln, pure ta8d
spector of Ellwood City, lay u
table and jested with thosea
For some time Mecklln had
fleted with a disease of the
his feet, and the ailment had
so serious that an operati uon
When the surgeons were
begin the operation Mecklln
to take an anaesthetle of any kMi
declared that they might proceed
thelr work. as he was not greatl
cerned over the pain.
He never whimpered during the
eration, although the surgeoo 0I
was of a very painful nature.
TWIN CASES OF APPENDI
Brother and Sister Stricken id
orated on Close Together d
Newark, N. J.
New York.-Strlcken withbl
bours of each other. Emile and
Thomas, twins, aged twelVe,
Taylor street. Newark, N. J. -
covering from appendicitis
in the Newark private hoepltL
twins lie side by side amid a l
flowers sent In by their play '
They were stricken on
Emily, while playing, suddealy
led up in pain The first to Wr
was her brother, who picked i
and carried her home. A
was summoned and he found
appendicitis. Not long aftr
doctor discovered symptotm i
brother, and both went to the
oltal and under the knife