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The postal service.

The difficulties which the Post-Office Department has to surmount are manifold and inconceivable. Its Special Agent, Gen. Ashmere, recently caused the arrest of a post-office clerk in Augusta, Ga., charged with rubbing the mails, and he is now in custody to answer for the essence. A postmaster in Alabama certifies that the contractor on route No. 115 performed the regular mail service during the month of June last, whilst the postmaster at the other terminus of the route, in the same State, writes that service has been shadowed thereon since the middle of January to about the 30th of June--no letters having been received at or transmitted from his office during that period. Yet the contractor wants his ‘"pay for services"’ which he did not perform. It will thus be seen that many obstacles have to be overcome, for which time and patience are indispensable. Although investigation will lead to the exposure of dishonesty and trickery, and to that extent an advance will be made towards the establishment of a regular and efficient postal system.

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