Miscellany

Many people will be surprised to learn that the postal establishment of the United States is the greatest business concern in the world. Postmaster-General Charles Emory Smith, writing in the May Cosmopolitan, tells us that it handles more pieces, employs more men, spends more money, brings more revenue, uses more agencies, reaches more homes, involves more details, and touches more interests than any other human organization, public or private, governmental or corporate. The Postoffice Department directs 73,570 postoffices, musters an army of 200,000 employees, spends this year $105,000,000, and counts receipts of nearly the same amount. It handled last year 6,214,447,000 pieces of mail matter, of which 2,825,767,000 were letters, so that every minute confides 12,000 new messages to its hands. It manufactured and delivered postage stamps to the number of 3,623,821,608, and the value of $71,788,333. It carried 2,069,742,000 newspapers.—Boston Evening Transcript.

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