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a United States post-office, and an indemnity not to exceed $25 is paid for domestic third-class matter, but no indemnity will be paid if the loser has been otherwise reimbursed. Claims for indemnity must be made within one year from date of loss of domestic mail and date of mailing of foreign mail. The limit of indemnity paid for registered articles lost in the International mails is 50 francs. Domestic Money Orders-Domestic money orders are issued by money-order post-offices for any amount up to $100, at the following rates:

For sums not exceeding $2.50, 3 cents; over $2.50 to $5, 5 cents; over $5 to $10, 8 cents; over $10 to $20, 10 cents; over $20 to $30, 12 cents; over $30 to $40, 15 cents; over $40 to $50, 18 cents; over $50 to $60, 20 cents; over $60 to $75, 25 cents; over $75 to $100, 30 cents.

All domestic money orders must be made payable at a designated money order office, but those Issued at any money order office in the continental United States, excepting Alaska, may be paid at any money order office in the continental United States, excepting Alaska, if presented for payment on or before the expiration of the thirtieth day following the date of issue. If presented after that date and within one year from the last day of the month in which issued, they shall be paid only at the office designated in the money order as the paying office, or repaid at the office of issue.

Stamped Envelopes-Embossed stamped envelopes and newspaper wrappers of several denominations, sizes and colors are kept on sale at post-offices, singly or in quantities, at a small advance on the postage rate. Stamps cut from stamped envelopes are valueless, but postmasters are authorized to give good stamps for stamped envelopes or newspaper wrappers that may be spoiled in directing, if presented in a substantially whole condition.

Unmailable Matter-See also Parcel Post or Fourth-Class Mail."-Unmailable domestic matter that is, matter which is not admissible to the United States mails for delivery in the United States or in any of its possessions-includes:

All matter illegibly, hrcorrectly, or insufficiently addressed.

Held for Postage-All second-class matter and all matter of the third or fourth class not wholly prepaid; and letters and other first-class matter not prepaid one full rate-2 cents.

All matter weighing over four pounds, except second-class matter, fourth-class matter (parcel post), single books, official matter emanating from the Executive Departments and documents printed and circulated by authority of Congress and gold for or from Alaska,

Postal, post, or other cards mailed uninclosed which bear delineations, epithets, terms, or language of an indecent, lewd, lascivious, obscene, libellous, scurrilous, defamatory or threatening character, or calculated by the terms or manner or style of display, and obviously intended to reflect injuriously upon the character or conduct of another, also articles bearing such matter upon the wrapper or outside cover. Dunning postal or other cards are included in this class,

Post cards, bearing particles of glass, metal, mica, sand, tinsel, or other similar substances, are unmailable, except as provided under First-Class Matter.

All matter concerning any lottery, gift, enterprise, or similar scheme, offering prizes dependent in whole or in part upon lot or chance, or concerning fraudulent schemes devised for the purpose of obtaining money or property under false pretenses, representations or promises.

Applications for the establishment of post-offices should be addressed to the Postmaster-General, accompanied by a statement of the necessity therefor. Instructions will then be given and blanks furnished to enable the petitioners to provide the department with the necessary information.

The franking privilege was abolished July 1, 1873, but the following mail matter may be sent free by legislative saving clauses viz

1. All public documents printed by order of Congress, the Congressional Record and speeches contained therein, franked by Members of Congress, or the Secretary of the Senate, or Clerk of the House. 2. Seeds transmitted by the Secretary of Agriculture, or by any Member of Congress, procured from that Department

3 Letters and packages relating exclusively to the business of the Government of the United States, mailed only by officers of the same, and letters and parcels masled by the Smithsonian Institution. All these must be covered by specially printed "penalty'' envelopes or labels.

4. The Vice-President, Members and Members-elect and Delegates and Delegates-elect to Congress. may frank any mail matter to any Government official or to any person correspondence, not over four ounces in weight, upon official or departmental business.

All communications to Government officers and to Members of Congress are required to be prepaid by stamps unless inclosed in penalty envelopes furnished for replies.

Suggestions to the Public-Mail all letters, etc., as early as practicable, especially when sent in large numbers, as is frequently the case with newspapers and circulars.

All mail matter at large post-offices is necessarily handled in great haste and should therefore in all cases be so PLAINLY addressed as to leave NO ROOM FOR DOUBT AND NO EXCUSE FOR ERROR ONthe part of postal employes. Names of States should be written in full (or their abbreviations very distinctly written) in order to prevent errors which arise from the similarity of such abbreviations as Cal. Col; Pa,, Va. Vt.; Me., Mo., Md. Ioa., Ind.; N. H., N. M., N. Y.. N. J., N. C., D. C.; Miss., Minn., Mass.; Nev., Neb.; Penn., Tenn., etc., when hastily or carelessly written. This is especially necessary in addressing mail matter to places of which the names are borne by several post-offices in different States.

Avold as much as possible using envelopes made of flimsy paper, especially where more than one sheet of paper, or any other article than paper, is inclosed. Being often handled, and even in the mailbags subject to pressure, such envelopes not infrequently split open, giving cause of complaint.

Never send money or any other article of value through the mail except either by means of a money order or in a registered letter or by insured parcel post. Any person who sends money or valuables otherwise not only runs a risk of losing his property, but exposes to temptation every one through whose hands his letter passes, and may be the means of ultimately bringing some clerk or lettercarrier to ruin.

See that every letter or package bears the full name and post-office address of the writer, in order to secure the return of the letter, If the person to whom it is directed cannot be found. A much larger portion of the undelivered letters could be returned if the names and addresses of the senders were always fully and plainly written or printed inside or on the envelopes. Persons who have large correspondence find it most convenient to use special request envelopes;" but those who only mail an occasional letter can avoid much trouble by writing a request to return if not delivered," etc., on the envelope.

When dropping a letter, newspaper, etc., into a street mailing-box, or into the receptacle at a post-office, always see that the packet falls into the box and does not stick in its passage; observe, also, particularly, whether the postage stamps remain securely in their places.

Postage stamps should be placed on the upper right-hand corner of the address side of all mail matter.


The street and number (or box number) should form a part of the address of all mail matter directed to cities. In most cities there are many persons, and even firms, bearing the same name. Before depositing any package or other article for mailing, the sender should assure himself that it is wrapped and packed in the manner prescribed by postal regulations; that it does not contain unmailable matter nor exceed the limit of weight as fixed by law; and that it is fully prepaid and properly addressed. It is unlawful to send an ordinary letter by express or otherwise outside of the mails unless it be inclosed in a Government-stamped envelope of sufficient value to pay the postage to which it is subject. It is also unlawful to inclose a letter in an express package unless it pertains wholly to the contents of the package.

It is forbidden by the regulations of the Post-Office Department for postmasters to give to any person information concerning the mail matter of another, or to disclose the name of a box-holder at a post-office.

Letters addressed to persons temporarily sojourning in a city where the Free Delivery System is in operation should be marked Transient" or "General Delivery," if not addressed to a street and number or some other designated place of delivery.

Foreign books, etc., infringing United States copyright are undeliverable if received in foreign mails, or mailed here. The foregoing rates, rules, and suggestions apply to postal matters in the United States. MAIL.


Fourth-Class Matter Embraces that known as domestic parcel post mail, and includes merchandise, farm and factory products, seeds, cuttings, bulbs, roots, scions, and plants, books (including catalogues), miscellaneous printed matter weighing more than 4 pounds, and all other mailable matter not embraced in the first, second, and third classes.

Rates of Postage on Fourth-Class or Parcel Post Matter-To Be Fully PrepaidUnsealed are as follows:

(a) Parcels weighing 4 ounces or less, except books, seeds, plants, etc., 1 cent for each ounce or fraction thereof, any distance.

(b) Parcels weighing 8 ounces or less containing books, seeds, cuttings, bulbs, roots, scions, and plants, 1 cent for each 2 ounces or fraction thereof, regardless of distance.

(c) Parcels weighing more than 8 ounces containing books, seeds, plants, etc., parcels of miscellaneous printed matter weighing more than 4 pounds, and all other parcels of fourth-class matter weighing more than 4 ounces are chargeable, according to distance or zone, at the pound rates shown in the following table, a fraction of a pound being considered a full pound:

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Maps-For parcel post purposes the United States is Such units form the basis of the eight postal Zones-Parcel Post Guide and divided into units of area thirty minutes square. To ascertain in which zone a post-omce is located from the office of mailing, a parcel post zones. A zone key is furnished with the guide for use in the guide, costing 55 cents, and map, costing 20 cents, are jointly used. The guide applies to all offices, but a separate map is required for each unit. units of area in which the 50 largest post-offices are located, and makes the map for those units (1) At any post-office The guide and maps may be purchased by sending a money order to the Third unnecessary. Assistant Postmaster-General, Washington, D. C. Stamps are not accepted. The local rate applies to parcels mailed under the following conditions: (2) At any city letter carrier office, or at any point within its defor local delivery at such office. livery limits, for delivery by carriers from that office. (3) At any post-omce from which a rural route starts, for delivery on such route, or when mailed et any point on a rural route for delivery at any other point thereon, or at the office from which the route starts, or for delivery on any other rural route starting from the same office.

Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Etc.-The eighth zone rate of 12 cents for each pound or fraction thereof on all parcels weighing more than 4 ounces (except books, seeds, cuttings, bulbs, roots, scions, and plants, weighing 8 ounces or less) applies (1) between the United States and the Hawaiian Islands; (2) between the United States and its postal agency at Shanghai, China; (3) between any two points in Alaska and between any point in Alaska and any other point in the United States; (4) between the United States and the Canal Zone; (5) between the United States and the Philippine Islands; (6) between the United States and its naval vessels stationed in foreign waters, and (7) to matter not exceeding 4 pounds 6 ounces in weight, except books and other (Parcels weighing up to 11 pounds may be sent to Mexico printed matter (to which the rate of 1 cent for each 2 ounces applies) mailed to Canada, Mexico, Cuba, and the Republic of Panama. and the Republic of Panama as foreign parcel post mail under the parcel post conventions with those countries.)

The Limit of Weight of fourth-class matter is 50 pounds for parcels mailed for delivery within the first and second zones, and 20 pounds for all other zones.

Limit of Size-Parcel post matter may not exceed 72 inches in length and girth combined. In measuring a parcel the greatest distance in a straight line between the ends (but not around the parcel) is taken as its length, while the distance around the parcel at its thickest part is taken as its girth. For example, a parcel 35 inches long, 10 inches wide, and 5 inches high measures 65 inches in length and girth combined.

Name and Address of Sender-A parcel of fourth-class matter may not be accepted for mailing unless it bears the name and address of the sender, which should be preceded by the word From."

Additions to Fourth-Class Mall-There may be placed on fourth-class matter, or on the wrapper or cover, tag or label, any marks, numbers, names, or letters for purpose of description. There may be written on the blank leaves or cover of any book a simple manuscript dedication or inscription not in the nature of personal correspondence. Space sufficient for a legible address, postmark, the necessary postage stamps, and any words necessary for forwarding or return, must be left on the address side of parcels.

Inclosures-There may be inclosed with fourth-class matter a written or printed invoice showing the name and address of the sender and of the addressee; the names and quantities of articles inclosed, together with inscriptions indicating, "for purpose of description," the price, style, stock number, size, and quality of the articles; the order or file number, date of order, and date and manner of shipment; and the initials or name of the salesman, or of the person by whom the articles were packed or checked.

Inscriptions, such as "Merry Christmas," "With best wishes," "Do not open until Christmas." or words to that effect, may be written on fourth-class mail, or on a card inclosed therewith.

Communications Attached to Parcels-When it is desired to send a communication with a parcel on which postage at the fourth-class rate has been fully prepaid, the communication may be placed in an envelope fully prepaid at the first-class rate and addressed to correspond with the address on the parcel and then be tied to or otherwise securely attached to the outside of the parcel in such manner as to prevent its separation therefrom and not to interfere with the address on the The stamps to cover the postage on the parcel must be affixed to the wrapper of the parcel. parcel. and those to pay the postage on the communication must be affixed to the envelope of the communiParcels to which such communications are attached are treated as fourth-class matter. cation. Only one special delivery fee is required on such parcels sent as special delivery matter. Public Library Books, otherwise mailable as parcel post matter, may bear any printed or written mark constituting a necessary inscription for the purpose of a permanent library record. A Proprietary Articles of Merchandise, such as harmless medicinal preparations, soaps, tobacco, food products, etc., put up in fixed quantities, in original sealed packages, by the manufacturer so as to allow examination of the packages in their simplest mercantile form and labelled If such sealed packages are inclosed in an outer in printing so as to show the nature of contents, quantity, and name of the manufacturer, are mailable at the fourth-class rates of postage. wrapper, the latter must not be sealed.

Meats and Meat-Food Products-Before meat or meat food products of cattle, sheep, swine, or goats may be accepted for mailing from one State or Territory to another State or Territory, the certificate of inspection or exemption required by sec. 477, Postal Laws and Regulations, must be Such certificate must be prepared and furnished by the sender. filled with the postmaster.

do Game The dead bodies of any wild animals or birds, or parts thereof, including furs, skins, plumage, etc., lawfully killed and offered for shipment, may be accepted for mailing only when the parcels are plainly marked to show the actual nature of the contents and the name and address of the sender. The dead bodies, or parts thereof, of any wild animals or birds which have been killed or offered for shipment in violation of the laws of a State, Territory, or district, are unmailable, persons sending such articles and the addressees knowingly receiving them in violation of the law being liable to a fine of not more than $200.

Nursery Stock, including all field-grown florists' stock, trees, shrubs, vines, cuttings, grafts, scions, buds, fruit pits, and other seeds of fruit and ornamental trees or shrubs, and other plants and plant products for propagation, except field, vegetable, and flower seeds, bedding plants, and other herbaceous plants, bulbs, and roots, may be admitted to the mails only when accompanied with a certificate from a State or Government inspector to the effect that the nursery from which such nursery stock is shipped has been inspected within a year and found free from injurious insects. and the parcel containing such nursery stock is plainly marked to show the nature of the contents and the name and address of the sender.

at Place of Mailing-Parcels of fourth-class matter weighing more than four ounces must be mailed at a post-office, branch post-office, named, numbered, or lettered station, or delivered to a rural or other carrier duly authorized to receive such matter. Parcels weighing four ounces or less may be deposited in letter or package boxes.

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Fees and Conditions-Fourth-class or domestic parcel post mail (but no other) may be insured against loss upon payment of a fee of 5 cents for value not exceeding $25, or 10 cents for value not exceeding $50. in addition to the postage, both to be prepaid with stamps affixed. It may not be registered. Such mail may be insured at any post-office or station thereof, or by rural carriers. The sender must fill out an insurance tag, which will be furnished him on request, to be attached to the parcel.

Return receipts for insured parcels may be obtained by indorsing the parcels "Return receipt desired." Indemnity for lost insured parcels is paid for the actual value within the limit of insurance. No indemnity is payable on account of mere partial damage. However, when an article is so damaged as to render it wholly worthless, it is regarded as lost, provided it was packed and indorsed in accordance with the postal requirements. No indemnity is paid for labor, workmanship, etc., in repairing partial damage.


Conditions and Fee-Parcels of fourth-class or parcel post matter may be sent C. O. D. from one money order post-office to another on payment of a fee of 10 cents in addition to the postage, both to be prepaid with stamps affixed. The amount to be collected and remitted to the sender must not exceed $100. The remittance is made by post-office money order, the fee therefor being included in the amount collected from the addressee. A C. O D. tag furnished by the postmaster must be filled in by the sender and attached to the parcel. The C. Ổ. D fee also covers insurance against loss up to $50 actual value.

A receipt is given to the sender of a C. O. D. parcel at the time of mailing, but no return receipt is furnished, as the remittance shows that delivery has been made. Examination of contents of a C. O. D. parcel is not permitted until it has been receipted for and all charges paid Indemnity for lost C. O. D. parcels is paid for the actual value, not to exceed $50, under the conditions governing the payment of indemnity for lost insured parcels.


Examination-Fourth-class or parcel post matter must be so wrapped or enveloped that the contents may be examined easily by postal officials When not so wrapped, or when bearing or containing writing not authorized by law, the matter will be treated as of the first class. Nailed Boxes-Parcel post mall may be inclosed in boxes to which the lids are nailed or screwed, provided the lids can be readily removed with a chisel or screw driver for examination of contents.

Wrapping All matter should be securely wrapped so as to bear transmission without breaking, or injuring mall bags, their contents, or the persons handling them Many articles are damaged in the mails for the reason that they are not properly wrapped to withstand the necessary handling. Umbrellas, canes, golf sticks, and similar articles must be reinforced by strips of wood or otherwise sufficiently wrapped to withstand handling and transportation Hats in pasteboard boxes must be crated with wood or packed in strong, double-faced corrugated pasteboard boxes Cut flowers. candles, etc., should be inclosed in strong and suitable boxes. Stove castings and pieces of machinery should be protected with excelsior or similar material and wrapped in cloth or strong paper or be properly boxed or crated. Mallable hides and pelts must be thoroughly wrapped to prevent the escape of grease. Parcels weighing 20 pounds or under are generally carried inside mail bags with other mail; those weighing over 20 pounds are usually carried outside mail bags, They should be wrapped with that understanding. Parcels improperly or insufficiently wrapped will not be accepted for transmission in the malls

Harmful articles not absolutely excluded from the mails, but which, from their form or nature, might, unless properly secured, destroy, deface, or otherwise damage the contents of the mail bag. or harm the person of any one engaged in the postal service. may be transmitted in the mails only when packed in accordance with the postal regulations. Sharp-pointed or sharp-edged instruments or tools must have their points and edges protected so that they cannot cut through their covering, and be thoroughly wrapped. Powders and all pulverized dry substances must be so wrapped that none of the contents of the package will sift out. Pastes, salves, etc, not easily liquefiable must be inclosed in water-tight containers and placed in strong boxes and securely wrapped.

Liquids-Admissible liquids in packages not exceeding the limit of weight of fourth-class matter will be accepted for mailing when intended for delivery at the office of mailing or on a rural route starting therefrom when inclosed in a glass or metal container securely inclosed and heavily wrapped, provided it is not necessary to transport them over steam or electric railways.

Admissible liquids and oils, pastes, salves, or other articles easily liquefiable, will be accepted for mailing, regardless of distance, when they conform to the following conditions:

(a) When in strong glass boules holding 4 ounces or less, the total quantity sent in one parce shall not exceed 24 ounces, liquid measure. Each bottle shall be wrapped in paper or other absorbent substance and then all placed in a box made of cardboard or other suitable material and packed in a container made of double-faced corrugated pasteboard of good quality. The corners of the container must fit tightly and be reinforced with tape so as to prevent the escape of any liquid if the contents should be broken, and the whole parcel shall be securely wrapped with strong paper and tled with twine. Single bottles of liquid holding 4 ounces or less may also be packed as prescribed in the following paragraphs (b) and (c):

(b) When in glass bottles holding more than 4 ounces, the total quantity sent in one parcel shall not exceed 16 ounces liquid measure. The bottle must be very strong and must be inclosed in s block or tube of metal, wood, papier mâché or similar material; and there must be provided between the bottle and the block or tube a cushion of cotton, felt, or other absorbent. The block or tube, if of wood or papler mâché, must be at least one-eighth of an inch thick for bottles holding 8 ounces or less, and at least three-sixteenths of an inch thick for bottles holding more than 8 ounces. The block or tube must be rendered watertight by an application on the inside of paraffin or other suitable substance and must be closed by a screw top cover with suffelent screw threads to require at least one and one-half complete turns before it will come off. The cover must be provided with a washer, so that no liquid could escape if the bottle should be broken. Any number of bottles separately packed as herein prescribed may be included in a single package if the limit of weight and size for fourth-class matter be not exceeded.

(c) Bottles containing liquid may also be packed in strong and tight receptacles of wood, metal, or waterproof corrugated pasteboard. Space must be left all around the bottle, which must be filled with bran, sawdust, or other absorbent material in suficient quantity to absorb all the liquid if the bottle should get broken.

(d) When in a metal container, the weight limit of the parcel is the same as for other fourth-class matter. The container must be securely sealed and inclosed in a strong box.

(e) When in parcels weighing more than 20 pounds, mailable liquids in securely sealed glass bottles or metal cans will be accepted for mailing to offices in the first and second zones when packed in strong boxes and surrounded with sawdust or other suitable substances to protect the contents


from breakage. All such packages to be marked "FRAGILE-THIS SIDE UP." or with similar Inscriptions and to be transported outside of mall bags.

All packages containing liquid must be marked "FRAGILE."

Fragile Articles-Articles easily broken must be very securely wrapped for safe transmission. Glass, crockery, fragile toys, etc., must be so packed as to prevent the escape of particles or pieces from the packages if broken in transit. Cigars should be packed in a manner to prevent damage by shock or jar. Maps, drawings, paintings, etc., must be suitably protected with stout material to prevent damage. When not flat, they should be rolled around a stout stick and carefully wrapped or inclosed in a strong pasteboard tube. All such articles should be marked "FRAGILE." Eggs will be accepted for local delivery when so packed in a basket or other container as to prevent damage to other mail. Eggs will be accepted for mailing regardless of distance when each egg is separately wrapped and surrounded with excelsior, cotton, or other suitable material and packed in a strong container made of double-faced corrugated pasteboard, metal, wood, or other suitable material and wrapped so that nothing can escape from the package. All such parcels shall be labelled "EGGS." Eggs in parcels weighing more than 20 pounds will be accepted for mailing to offices in the first and second zones when packed in crates, boxes, baskets, or other containers having tight bottoms to prevent the escape of anything from the package and so constructed as properly to protect the contents. Such packages to be marked "EGGS-THIS SIDE UP," and to be transported outside of mail bags.

Perishable Articles-Parcels containing perishable articles shall be marked "PERISHABLE." Articles likely to spoil within the time reasonably required for transportation and delivery shall not be accepted for mailing. Butter, lard, and perishable articles, such as fish, fresh meats, dressed fowl, vegetables, fruits, berries, and articles of a similar nature which decay quickly, when so packed or wrapped as to prevent damage to other mail, will be accepted for local delivery either at the office of mailing or on any rural route starting therefrom. When inclosed in an inner cover and a strong outer cover of wood, metal, heavy corrugated pasteboard, or other suitable material, and wrapped so that nothing can escape from the package, they will be accepted for mailing to all offices to which in the ordinary course of mail they can be sent without spoiling. Butter, dressed fowl, vegetables, fruits, and other perishable articles in parcels weighing more than 20 pounds will be accepted for mailing to offices in the first and second zones when suitably wrapped or inclosed and packed in crates, boxes, or other suitable containers having tight bottoms to prevent the escape of anything from the package, and so constructed as properly to protect the contents. All such parcels to be transported outside of mail bags. Vegetables and fruits which do not decay quickly will be accepted for mailing to any zone if packed so as to prevent damage to other mail.

Forwarding and Return-A new prepayment of postage at the rate applicable between the forwarding office and the one to which fourth-class matter is to be forwarded must be made by the addressee or by some one for him each time it is forwarded. A new prepayment must likewise be made before undeliverable fourth-class matter may be returned to the sender.

Requests for Further Information should be addressed as follows: Third Assistant Postmaster-General, Division of Classification, relative to the classification and admissibility of matter as parcel post mail, rates of postage, limit of weight and size, permissible inclosures and additions, attaching communications to parcels, etc. Third Assistant Postmaster-General, Division of Registered Mails, relative to the insurance and C. O. D. features. Second Assistant PostmasterGeneral, Division of Railway Mall Service, relative to the admissibility to the mails and wrapping of matter which from its form or character would be liable to injure the mails or the person of postal employés.

Unmailable Matter-Matter manifestly obscene, lewd, or lascivious: articles intended for preventing conception or for procuring abortion; articles intended for indecent or immoral purposes, and all matter otherwise mailable by law, the outside cover or wrapper of which bears any delineations or language of a libellous, scurrilous, defamatory, or threatening character, is declared nonmailable by law.

Spirituous, vinous, malted, fermented or other intoxicating liquors of any kind; poisons of every kind, and articles and compositions containing poison (except as prescribed in par. 4, sec. 472), and poisonous animals, insects, and reptiles, and explosives of every kind, and inflammable materials, including matches, moving picture films (unless made of cellulose-acetate), gasoline, naphtha, benzine, denatured alcohol, and all liquids having flash point at or below 80° F., and infernal machines, and mechanical, chemical, or other devices or compositions which may ignite or explode, and disease germs or scabs (except as prescribed in sec. 473), and other natural or artificial articles, compositions, or materials of whatever kind which may kill, or in anywise hurt, harm or injure another, or damage, deface, or otherwise injure the mail or other property, live animals (except as prescribed in sec. 476), guano or any article exhaling bad odor, whether sealed as firstclass matter or not, shall not be admitted to the mails. (Par. 2, sec. 472.)

Polsons, Explosives, Inflammable Materials, Dangerous Articles, Intoxicating Liquors, Etc.-Section 472. All kinds of poison and all articles and compositions containing poison, and all poisonous animals, insects and reptiles, and explosives of all kinds and inflammable materials, and infernal machines and mechanical, chemical or other devices or compositions which may ignite or explode, and all disease germs or scabs, and all other natural or artificial articles, compositions or materials of whatever kind which may kill or in anywise hurt, harm, or injure another, or damage, deface, or otherwise injure the malls or other property, whether sealed as first-class matter or not, are hereby declared to be nonmallable matter, and shall not be conveyed in the malls or delivered from any post-office or station thereof, nor by any letter carrier; but the Postmaster-General may permit the transmission in the mails, under such rules and regulations as he shall prescribe as to preparation and packing, of any article hereinbefore described which are not outwardly or of their own force dangerous or injurious to life, health or property: Provided, That all spirituous, vinous, malted, fermented or other intoxicating liquors of any kind, are hereby declared to be nonmallable and shall not be deposited in or carried through the mails. Whoever shall knowingly deposit or cause to be deposited for malling or delivery, or shall knowingly cause to be delivered by mail according to the direction thereon, or at any place at which it is directed to be delivered by the person to whom it is addressed, anything declared by this section to be nonmallable unless in accordance with the rules and regulations hereby authorized to be prescribed by the Postmaster-General, shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars, or Imprisoned not more than two years, or both; and whoever shall knowingly deposit or cause to be deposited for malling or delivery, or shall knowingly cause to be delivered by mail according to the direction thereon, or at any place to which it is directed to be deIvered by the person to whom it is addressed, anything declared by this section to be nonmailable, whether transmitted in accordance with the rules and regulations authorized to be prescribed by the Postmaster-General or not, with the design, intent, or purpose to kill. or in anywise hurt, harm, or injure another, or damage, deface, or otherwise Injure the malls

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