Business: Chain Fever (Cont'd)

Fortnight ago, the chain-letter fever burned in Denver and a few other infected areas in the West. By last week, it had become a nationwide epidemic. Even Alfred Emanuel Smith, in his two-thirds-empty Empire State Building, received 1,000 letters. He waste-basketed all except one which contained a dime. President Roosevelt received 200, sent them to Postmaster General Farley, whose postal service in many a city seemed about to collapse under the weight of chain mail. The Post Office has ruled chain letters illegal but it was waggishly suggested that if the craze would...

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