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U. S. Sanitary Commission Army and Navy Claim Agency. Central Office, 244 F Street, Washington, D. C. INSTRUCTIONS TO LOCAL AGENTS. I. Advertisement of Agency. You are hereby directed to advertise at once your Agency in manner following: 1. You will cause the enclosed advertisement to be inserted every other day, for the period of [[blank]] days, in the two daily papers having the largest circulation in your immediate vicinity, and also for [[blank]] months in such weekly local paper as may have the widest circulation among the farming population of the district whence you expect to derive business. At some points where the population is largely German, it may be advisable to select, as one of those mentioned, a paper printed in the German language; and this consideration is left to your judgment. You will also endeavor to secure as extended an editorial notice as possible in each of said papers. If practicable, you will obtain such insertion as reduced rates; and will report fully your action to the Central Office, enclosing a sample of the advertisement inserted. 2. You will cause to be conspicuously posted, in and about the streets and public buildings of your own and surrounding towns and villages, the advertising posters sent you. This should be done extensively and thoroughly. 3. You will also mail two or three of your posters to each Postmaster in the district from which you expect to derive business, with the request that he will display them in most conspicuous positions in his office, and will lend his friendly aid towards directing parties interested in your agency. 4. You will mail your cards and circulars to all soldiers, sailors and their families of whose residence you can procure information, and for that purpose will endeavor to obtain a full list of all such persons resident in your vicinity. 5. You will open a correspondence with, and solicit the friendly co-operation of the Ladies' Aid Societies in all the villages and towns from which you may hope to draw business, mailing to each a supply of your cards and circulars for distribution. 6. You will mail your cards and circulars to every settled minister of whatever denomination in your county or district, with the request that he will publish to his flock the nature and plan of your agency. You will please promptly comply with the above directions, and report your action fully to the Central Office.
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