The Press: Federal Auctions

Like a great pumping plant is the U. S. Postal service, pumping current periodicals from the country's publishing reservoirs to individual subscribers. Inevitably a certain amount of the flow is impeded in transit by obsolete or illegible addresses, torn wrappers, clerical stupidity. Undelivered copies of national magazines back up in central post offices like windfalls at a beaverdam. Lately the Post Office Department has authorized postmasters to sell off windfall magazines at public auction.

Kansas City. BARGAINS IN MAGAZINES, heralded Kansas City Postmaster William E. Morton's persuasive circular, which continued: "The Post...

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