Singular blunder in the Treasury Department.
--The Printing Bureau
of the Treasury Department recently made a blunder of such a stupid character that it is a wonder that it was not discovered by some one of the many attaches in time to save the reputation of the establishment.
The careless and off-hand manner in which they do things in the Printing Bureau
would ruin any job printing office in the United States
in six months. Think, for instance, of them striking off, I don't know how many thousand dollars, but as much as they wanted it any rate, of ten cent fractional notes, and then discovering, when the work was completed, that in the engraving the word "cents" had been omitted, and that the bill might mean ten mills, ten cents, ten dollars, or ten d — us, just as might be agreed upon between the holder and the redeemer of it. It had 10's all over it, but the word "cents" didn't once occur.
The faux pas
was not discovered until the greater part of the notes had been paid out of the Department.
An attempt is now being made to call in the erroneous issue, but the work proceeds very slowly.
The head of the Printing Bureau
is Mr. Clark
, about whom a Congressional investigation committee told so many naughty stories a year and a half ago. But there seems to be some hidden virtue in him that made him invulnerable.--Correspondence Cincinnati Commercial.