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hing to transport. A private soldier, from the army, named-- --, was detailed to act as conductor and mail messenger on the train between the two places: and they transported the mails as they pleased, under the impression that they were benefitting the Post-Office Department, as well as themselves, in carrying the mails. I endeavored to get the regular mail train run to Fairfax Station, or such portion of it as was necessary to convey the mails and soldiers; but Mr. Vandergrift, the Superintendent of the road, informed me that it was impracticable, from the fact that they had no turn-table at Fairfax Station, and that it would be dangerous to run so long a train backwards (ten miles) in the night. There has been a great deal of complaint about the Winchester mails, and while at Tudor Hall, I learned that it arose from a want of connection with the Manassas Road by the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. Very respectfully, [Signed,] W. E. M. Word, Special Agent P. O. D.
Arrest of a mail robber. --W. A. Hopkins, acting postmaster at Big Spring Depot, Montgomery county, Va., was arrested on the 3d of April, by W. E. M. Word, Special Agent of the Post-Office Department, for robbing the mail. The depredations committed on the above route had been the subject of complaint for some time past, and a watch being kept on the proceedings of Hopkins, his guilt became sufficiently manifest to warrant his being taken into custody. He did not content himself with taking letters merely, but helped himself to the newspapers passing through his office.
Army letters. Mr. W. E. M. Word, Special Agent of the Post-Office Department, publishes a card, in which he suggests, for the benefit of the soldier and his friends that all letters sent to soldiers should be carefully addressed to the care of the regiment and company of which he is a member, and always hear the number of the regiment and name of the State to which it belongs. Attention to this suggestion, it is believed, will obviate one of the chief causes of the non- delivery of letters. It is also suggested that all letters sent to soldiers should be pre-paid before mailing, as in many instances this is neglected, and the letter fails to reach its destination. The following may answer as a form of address, in accordance with the Special Agent's directions: "Private Jno. Jones, care of Company K, 47th Reg. Ga. Vols., Fredericksburg, Va."