A strange and unexpected noise was heard in Washington last week. It was the sound of a Government department preparing to economize even before it had to.

Postmaster General Jesse M. Donaldson ordered drastic cuts in mail service, and the probable furloughing or firing of an estimated 10,000 postal workers, to offset the department's growing deficit ($551 million for fiscal 1949) and the $25 million cut made by the House Appropriations Committee in postal appropriations for the coming fiscal year.

By July 1, Donaldson announced, delivery of mail in all U.S. city...

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