AERONAUTICS: Mail Contracts

On Postmaster-General Walter Folger Brown's Washington desk is a shiny model airplane. It symbolizes to him the great progressiveness of his Department. Pioneering with and aiding the new means of transportation, the U. S. has established 28 air mail routes, now covering 25,735 miles daily. Last year the mail planes flew 7,026,600 mi., carried 3,542,074 Ibs. of mail. This year the mileage and poundage will be much greater.

The increase now pains Mr. Brown. He pays the operators $2 per pound on the average, and gets from the mail-sending public only 80¢ per...

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