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REPPORT OF THIRD Assistant PostuASTER-GENERAL-Continued.

EXHIBIT No. 9.–Table showing increase in the number of registered letters and parcels

upon which fees were collected at the twenty-five leading cities in fiscal year ending

June 30, 1885, over previous year

738

EXHIBIT No. 10.-Statement showing the number and value of registered letters and par-

cels forwarded during the fiscal year ended June 30, 1885, for the Post-Ottice and Treas.

ury Departments

739

EXHIBIT No. 11.–Statement showing operations of registry system at five leading cities

during the tiscal year

739

Exhibit No. 12.-Dead-letter statistics, classification, and amount of mail matter and mode

of treatment...

740

Exhibit No. 13.—Disposition of dead matter during fiscal year.

741

Exhibir No. 14.-Statistics as to unmailable matter, &c ...,

742

Exhibir No. 15.-Number of dead foreign letters received and disposed of during fiscal

year ended June 30, 1885

743

Exhibit No. 16.-Number of letters originating in United States returned from foreign

countries as undeliverable during fiscal year ended June 30, 1885

743

Exhibit No. 17.–Dead matter returned to and received from each of the foreign countries

during fiscal year ended June 30, 1885......

743

Exhibit No. 18.–Number, classification, and disposition of dead registered letters during

fiscal year ended June 30, 1885...

745

Exhibit No. 19.-Record of number and weight of letters, parcels, and circulars mailed at

the post-offices mentioned below for the six days beginning June 22 and ended June

27, 1885

746

Exhibit No. 20.-Same for six days beginning September 21 and ended September 21, 1885,

inclusive......

750

EXHIBIT No. 21.-List of post-offices at which special-delivery system has been established. 754

Exhibit No. 22.–Statement of operations of special-delivery system in month of October,

757

REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF THE MONEY-ORDER SYSTEM.

769-814

General summary of business, 769; number of money order offices, 769; issues and payment

of domestic money orders, 770; issues and payments of postal notes, 770; war claims

paid in, 770; duplicate money-orders, 771; drafts and transfers, 771; remittances of

surplus money-order funds, 771 ; lost remittances, 772; erroneous payment of money.

orders, 773; revenues, and expenses, 773; the international money.order business, 773 ;

statistics of same, 774; revenuo from same, 775; general financial results, 775; recom-

mendations, 777.

APPENDIX A.–Tabular statement showing operations of domestic money-order system

during each year since its establishment.

774

APPENDIX B. --Statement of duplicate money orders issued by Department during fiscal

year ended June 30, 1885.....

779

APPENDIX C.-Statement of money orders lost in transmission 1, 780; same recovered, 780;

sanie referred to Assistant Attorney-General for consideration, under act of March

17, 1882, 781; same improperly paid, 783; same recovered, 783 ; same paid proper

payee, 784; same charged to paying postmaster, 781; same charged to Department, 785;

same charged payed or order, 786.

Convention with Sweden for exchange of money orders

787

Convention with Japan for exchange of money orders.

802

REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE FOREIGN MAILS.

815-869

General statement of operations and business, 817; total weight of mail sent from United

States for year by sea, 818; cost of foreign mail service, 818 ; statement showing trans.

Atlantic lines and occasional sailings, mail sent, weight, &c., 821 ; same, showing mis-

cellaneous foreign lines, and occasional sailings, mail sent, weight, &c., 821 ; same,

showing American vessels, statement of net revenues on mail matter sent to

foreign countries during fiscal year, 834; foreign mails, statistics, 824 ; appropriation

required therefor, 823; arrangements made for carrying same, 826; extension of the

Postal Union, 829; International Postal Congress at Lisbon, 830; memorandum of

changes maile by acts of Lisbon, March 21, 1885, 830.

Appendix: Universal Postal Union, additional acts of Lisbon of March 21, 1885, 835; final

protocol, 864.

REPORT OF THE ASSISTANT ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR THE Post-OFFICE DEPARTMENT UPON

CLAIMS OF POSTMASTERS UNDER THE ACT OF MARCH 17, 18-3

873

Statement of nature and disposal of claims ......

875

EXHIBIT A.-List of claims allowed from December 1, 1884, to June 30, 1885, for credit or

reimbursement of postmasters for losses by fire, burglary, or other unavoidable cas.

ualty

878

REPORT OF THE ASSISTANT ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR THE Post-OFFICE DEPARTMENT UPON

CLAIMS OF POSTMASTERS UNDER THE ACT OF MARCH 17, 1883–Continued.

Exhibit B.-List of like claims disallowed, with statement of reasons therefor, &c., dur.

ing same period ....

REPORT OF THE Chier Post-OFFICE INSPECTOR .

Summary of statistics of.

Arrests and convictions

Subject to jurisdiction of State courts..

Depredations on, and casualties to, the mails .

Amoant of money collected by inspectors, and disposition of the same..

Cases investigated during year. .....

REPORT OF THE TOPOGRAPHER OF THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT

Statement of work of office

REPORT OF THE AUDITOR OF THE TREASURY FOR THE Post-Office DEPARTMENT TO THE POST-

MASTER-GENERAL

Revenue account of the Post-Office Department, 931 ; general revenue account, 902; letter

postage, 903; mail transportation, 904 ; Pacific railroads service, 905.

STATEMENT No. 1.-Exhibiting quarterly the receipts of the Post-Office Department under

their several heads.

STATEMENT No. 2.-Statement exhibiting quarterly the expenditures of the Post-Office

Department, under their several heads, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1885

STATEMENT No. 3.-Statement, by States, of postal receipts and expenditures of the United

States for :he fiscal year ended June 30, 1885. ...

STATEMENT No. 4.-Statement showing the condition of the account with each item of the

appropriation for the service of the Post-Office Department for fiscal year ended June

30, 1885

STATEMENT No. 5.--Statement in detail of miscellaneons payments made by Post-Office

Department during fiscal year ended June 30, 1885, and charged to miscellaneous items,

office of Pustmaster-General...

STATEMENT No. 6.-Same, charged to miscellaneous expenses, office of the First Assistant

Postmaster-General.

STATEMENT No. 7.-Same, charged to miscellaneous items, Second Assistant Postmaster-

General......

STATEMENT No. 8.-Same, charged to miscellaneous items, office of Third Assistant Post-

master-General

STATEMENT No. 9.-Comparative statement of the receipts and expenditures of the Post-

Office Department from July 1, 1836, to July 30, 1885......

STATEMENT No. 10.-Gross receipts, expenses, and net revenue of Presidential post-offices

for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1885 ..

STATEMENT No. 11.--Statement showing the transactions of the money order system offices

of the United States for fiscal year ended June 30, 1885...

STATEMENT No. 12.-Showing the number and amount of international money-orders issued,

paid, and repaid, and fees collected, during fiscal year ended June 30, 1885

STATEMENT No. 13.-Showing the receipts and disbursements of the money order offices of

the United States during the fiscal year ended June 30, 1885

STATEMENT No. 14.--Showing the revenue which accrued on domestic money-order trans-

actions for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1885....

STATEMENT No. 15.--Showing the revenue accrued on postal-note transactions for fiscal

year

STATEMENT No. 16.—Showing transfers to and from the money-order system during fiscal

year

STATEMENT No. 17.-Statement of assets and liabilities of money order business

STATEMENT NO. 18.—Showing money order transactions with Assistant United States Treas.

urer at New York, N. Y., during fiscal year

STATEMENT No. 19.-Showing the revenue which accrued on internal and money-order

transactions for fiscal year.

STATEMENT NO. 20.-Recapitulation of net revenue for fiscal year

STATEMENT No. 21.-Weight of letters, newspapers, &c., sent from United States to Eu.

ropean countries during fiscal year

STATEMENT No. 22.–Weight of letters, newspapers, &c., sent by sea from the United

States to countries and colonies other than European, of the Universal Postal Union

during the fiscal year ended June 30, 1885...

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REPORT

OF

THE POST MASTER-GENERAL.

Post-OFFICE DEPARTMENT,
OFFICE OF THE POSTMASTER-GENERAL,

Washington, D. C., November 21, 1885. Sir: The annual report upon the affairs of this Department-which I have the honor now to submit to your consideration-undertakes, according to usage, to exhibit especially the past year, ended with June, and the lessons suggested by its experiences, the pending operations of the current year which require any particular mention, the estimates for the coming year to begin with next July, and such dis. cussion of special topics and recommendations of legislation as its officers think may tend to improvement of the service.

THE PAST FISCAL YEAR

has witnessed three persons at the head of administration of the Department. It was, when the year begun, under the charge of the Hon. Walter Q. Gresham, who resigned this office on the 24th day of September, 1884, to assume the duties of Secretary of the Treasury. To him succeeded the Hon. Frank Hatton, whose service as PostmasterGeneral commenced on the 14th day of October, 1884, and terminated, apon the acceptance of his resignation, on the 7th of March last, at which date, by virtue of your commission, I took the office. The exposition of the transactions of the year must therefore be in the greater part derived from the books and records, which imposes the risk of a less satisfactory presentation of the affairs in which I had no part than my distinguished predecessors would have given for themselves—a risk lessened by their able administration and faithful records.

The Financial Summary of the year shows a considerable increase in the deficiency of the postal revenues to sustain the cost of the postal service. This deficiency has now attained to a large figure, and it will contribute to an understanding of the causes for its existence and of the manner in which they have operated their effects to state the general exhibit of the past year in contrast with similar showings of the two preceding years. The following condensed statements derived from the Auditori Office and the guance division of the Department show the expenditures for the two first years, not as, in part, estimated in the annual reports, but corrected according to subsequent facts; while the cost for the past year is necessarily in small part the subject of estimate only.

FOR THE YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1883. Revenue: Ordinary postal....

$45, 097, 073 24 Money-order business...

411, 619 37

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1,948, 943 39

Cash surplus.....
Deduct amount credited Pacific Railroad companies for transporta-

tion of mails...

915, 710 22

Total net surplus

1,033, 233 17

FOR THE YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1884. Revenue: Ordinary postal......

Money-order business.

42, 818,635 00

519, 492 08

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FOR THE YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1885. Revenue : Ordinary postal....

Money-order business

42, 151, 910 53

408,933 30

Total

42,560, 843 83

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