Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night, according to tradition (and Herodotus), can stay the couriers of the U.S. mail from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. Actually, there are often unaccountable delays, as Substitute Letter Carrier Willie Brown, 30, an unemployed Chicago machine operator, spectacularly proved on Christmas Eve. Willie took several drinks to brace himself for his work and then wove his way home with his mailbag still loaded. On arrival he jovially dumped 282 Christmas cards on the floor and directed his wife to open the envelopes and remove their contents....

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