Transport: Pneumatic's Pains

Few people know that for years just below the sidewalks of Manhattan has run the 27 miles of tubes system through which mail-filled carriers are transported between 22 city post offices from the Battery to 125th Street and over to Brooklyn through a pipe fastened to Brooklyn Bridge. Curiously, a private company owns and operates the system with the Post Office as its sole customer. It is, with a two-mile stretch in Boston, the last survivor of similar lines that once operated busily in Philadelphia, St. Louis, Chicago. Last week it looked as if...

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