One way to get out of the service.
--Some time since proposals were advertised for carrying the mail between Salem
, in Roanoke county
, and Floyd Court-House, the lowest bidder to have the contract and he to be exempted from military service.
Among the large number of bids which were sent in was one offering to perform the service for one quintillionth part of a cent, and several for one cent.
In this case, however, the lowest bid was thrown out on the ground of its illegality, and as there were several of the one cent stamp it was decided that they should draw straws to see who should have it. A citizen of Richmond
was the lucky individual.