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HIGH COST OF LIVING WORRIES
QUEEN . . .. ' London. Alexandra, dowager Queen of England, has- allowed her financial affairs to become so entan gled that Leopold de Rothschild, banker and financier, has.been called upon to straighten them. out. It was when her bankers notified her recent ly that her private account was over drawn $75,000 that Alexandra acted on the advice of King. George and asked the Rothschilds to look into her business 'affairs. BLOW AIMED ATPARCEL POST A HISTORY REPETITION By Gilson Gardner. . Washington, ffeb.20v The present attempted assassination of the parcel post by Senators Bankhead, Bryan, Bristow, Hoke Smith, et aL, is only a repetition of history. The same kind of . deal was slipped over back in 1875. The sleight-of-hand" artist in that case was the Hon. Hannibal Hamlin, U' S. senator from Maine. In that case the trick worked in this case the people are awake,in time. In the. summer of 1874 Congress adopted' a weak, lame and halting apology for a parcel post; but still it was something. It had an eight--pound weight limit and; the rate was one cent an ounce fiat, and the classi fication included all kinds of mer chandise. It immediately aroused the opposition of the express companies, and Postmaster General Jewell's an nual report for that year rather dis credited the service, taking the posi tion that the service was "trenching upon private business."' So on March S, 1875 the last day of the session of that Congress the patriot from Maine, Hon. Hannibal Hamlin, pro posed an amendment to the postof&ce appropriation bill which changed the rate to one cent an ounce in place of "one cent for each two ounces," thus adding 100 per cent to the cost of the service at one fell swoop. The amendment slipped through without debate and without a dissent ing vote. The parcel post was dead and buried. Afterward the book pub lishers got through a special bill ex empting printed matter from this classification, and the seed men se cured special rate for "seeds, bulbs, shoots, plants, scions, etc." . But the people never got back their parcel post, until Dave Lewis got busy two years ago. Now Messrs. Bristow and-Smith, aided and abetted by the Bankhead committee, are trying to work the same old game. In the first case the service had not been in operation long' enough for the people to realize wbat it meant to them; in this case it is different. -Messrs, Bristow, Smith, et. al, .are due to be swatted good and hard.