Postal communication Stopped.
--Resignation of the Clerks in the City Post-Office.
--Yesterday evening the clerks in the City
Post-Office resigned in a body, and the business of that office has come to a dead lock.
This is a serious affair, both to the citizens and Government, and we have taken the trouble to inquire into the facts of the case.
There are employed in the City
Post Office an assistant postmaster at $1,500 per annum, a chief clerk at $1,400, two box clerks at $1,000, two distributing clerks at $900, and twenty-three
clerks at $400 M — or, in other words, twenty-three men who are to pay their coating, clothing, lodging, and washing bills out of a sum which is not equal to seventy dollars before the war. Of course these employees could not live — could not even get food for such a sum — and they applied to the Post-master General for an increase.
This increase that official said he could not give unless Congress voted it, and the clerks, therefore, resigned last night, and were paid off. These clerks who ask this increase are men who work hard, day and night, seven days in the week, and are as much entitled to $1,500 per annum, we should think, as the clerks in the other departments, who work, on an average, from two to seven hours a day six days in the week.
Of the justice of this demand, however, we need not speak, as we believe it is not disputed.
We don't suppose any reasonable man has a doubt that this general abandonment of the post- office can be prevented, and all the confusion consequent upon it averted, if the Government
(of which Mr. Reagun
is not the head) will allow the clerks the increase asked, and which is positively necessary to their support, and no one doubts that Congress would appropriate the amount it brought in in the deficiency bill, and legalize the rise in their salaries.
Extraordinary expenses are no new occurrences in Governments generally, nor in this one, and a little common sense can very easily adjust, this difficulty in the Post-Office Department.