National Affairs: Stickers

"Matter of an indecent, lewd, lascivious, obscene, libelous, scurrilous, defamatory or threatening character" is barred from the U. S. mails and the sender is subject to a fine of not more than $5,000 or not more than five years imprisonment or both— Section 212, U. S. Penal Code.

Citing this statute, Postmaster John J.

Kiely of New York City informed the All-America Anti-Imperialist League last week that letters embellished (on the back) with certain little yellow stickers, were barred from the U. S. mails; that he was returning such letters to their senders or...

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