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[[preprinted left column]] DOMESTIC POSTAGE.

FIRST CLASS. - Letters and all written matter, whether sealed or unsealed, and all other matter sealed, nailed, sewed, tied, or fastened in any manner, so that it cannot be easily examined, [[bold]] two cents per ounce [[/bold]] or fraction thereof.  A "Special Delivery" ten-cent stamp, when attached to a letter in addition to the lawful postage, shall entitle the letter to immediate delivery at, or within one mile of, any post-office.  Postal cards, one cent each.

SECOND CLASS. - All regular newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals issued at intervals not exceeding three months; the postage is [[bold]] one cent for each four ounces, [[/bold]] payable by postage stamps.

THIRD CLASS. - Embraces [[bold]] printed books, [[/bold]] pamphlets, circulars, engravings, lithographs, proof-sheets and manuscript accompanying the same, and all matter of the same general character, and not having the character of personal correspondence.  Circulars produced by hektograph or similar process, or by electric pen, are rated as third class.  The limit of weight for mail matter of the third class is four pounds, except in the case of single books exceeding that weight.  The rate of postage on mail matter of the third class is [[bold]] one cent for each two ounces [[/bold]] or fraction thereof.

FOURTH CLASS. - All mailable matter not included in the three preceding classes, which is so prepared for mailing as to be easily taken from the wrapper and examined.  Rate, [[bold]] one cent per ounce [[/bold]] or fraction thereof, except seeds, roots, cuttings, bulbs, plants and scions, which are one cent per two ounces.  Limit of weight, four pounds.  Full prepayment compulsory.  Liquids, and other like injurious matter, not admitted, except under conditions which may be learned at any post-office.

Direct your mail matter to a post-office, writing name of the [[italicized]] State [[/italicized]] plainly; and if to a city, add the street and number or post-office box of the person addressed.  Matter not addressed to a post-office cannot be forwarded.  Write or print your name and address, and the contents, if a package, upon the upper left-hand corner of all mail matter.  This will insure its immediate return to you for correction, if improperly addressed or insufficiently paid; and if it is not called for at destination it can be returned to you without going to the Dead Letter office.  If a letter, it will be returned free.  Register all valuable letters and packages.  [[bold]] Registry fee, eight cents, [[/bold]] which, with the postage, must be fully prepaid.

FEES CHARGED FOR MONEY ORDERS.- For Money Orders in denominations of $100 or less, the following fees are charged: For Orders for sums not exceeding $2.50, 3c.; $2.50 to $5, 5c.; $5 to $10, 8c.; $10 to $20, 10c.; $20 to $30, 12c.; $30 to $40, 15c,; $40 to $50, 18c.; $50 to $60, 20c.; $60 to $75, 25c.; $75 to $100, 30c. [[/preprinted left column]]

[[preprinted right column]] FOREIGN POSTAGE.

To all Foreign Countries (except Canada and Mexico):
On Letters, [[bold]] five cents for each half ounce [[/bold]] or fraction thereof - prepayment optional.  Double rates are collected on delivery of unpaid or short-paid letters.

On newspapers, books, pamphlets, photographs, sheet music, maps, engravings, and similar printed matter, [[bold]] one cent for each two ounces [[/bold]] or fraction thereof.

TO CANADA (including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Prince Edward Island): LETTERS, [[bold]] two cents for each ounce [[/bold]] or fraction thereof; Books, Circulars, and similar printed matter, [[bold]] one cent for each two ounces [[/bold]] or fraction thereof; SECOND CLASS MATTER, same as in the United States; Samples, one cent per two ounces (must be paid at least two cents); MERCHANDISE, [[bold]] one cent per ounce. [[/bold]] Packages must not exceed 4 lbs. 6 ozs. in weight - prepayment compulsory.

TO MEXICO: Letters, Postal Cards, and printed matter same rates as in the United States.  SAMPLES, [[bold]] one cent per two ounces; [[/bold]] MERCHANDISE other than samples can only be sent Parcel Post.

LIMITS OF SIZE AND WEIGHT: Packages of samples of merchandise to the countries named above (except Great Britain, France, Belgium and Switzerland) must not exceed 8 3/4 ozs., nor measure more than 12 in. in length, 8 in breadth, and 4 in depth; and packages of printed matter must not exceed 4 lbs. 6 ozs.  Packages of merchandise samples to Great Britain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Hawaii, and Argentine Republic are limited to 12 ozs. in weight, 12 in. in length, 8 in width, and 4 in depth.  Packages of printed matter to Germany and Great Britain are limited to 2 ft. in length and 1 ft. in each other dimension.

INTERNATIONAL OR FOREIGN MONEY ORDER FEES.

On Algeria, Austria, Belgium, British India, Cape Colony, Constantinople, Denmark, Dominion of Canada, Egypt, England, France, German Empire, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Netherlands, Newfoundland, New South Wales, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Sandwich Islands, Scotland, Shanghai, Sweden, Switzerland, Tasmania, Victoria.

For Orders for sums of $10 or less...................10 cents.
Over $10 and not exceeding $20....................20 cents.
Over 20 and not exceeding 30....................30 cents.
Over 30 and not exceeding 40....................40 cents.
Over 40 and not exceeding 50....................50 cents.
Over 50 and not exceeding 60....................60 cents.
Over 60 and not exceeding 70....................70 cents.
Over 70 and not exceeding 80....................80 cents.
Over 80 and not exceeding 90....................90 cents.
Over 90 and not exceeding 100......................$1.00.

East Indies and Egypt by remittance through the London Exchange Office. [[/preprinted right column]]

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[[preprinted]] January, FRIDAY, 1. 1897. [[/preprinted]]

Tempt - about 24 at 7 AM
Pleasant all day -

Everybody off to-day - 

Our allotments for this month, are the same as last month's 28 for each Colly - 

Will run cars the first 4 days of next week - 

Vulcan Colliery is in condition to ship about 25000 tons per month, while Buck Mountain would probably fall short of this by 2 or 3000 tons, if it were given the cars - They are a little short of coal there -

The coal trade is apparently in very poor condition, judging by our allotments, and the restriction in the number of days that cars will be run - We have plenty of orders for coal, at a fair price, but we cannot get the cars - 
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