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FORTY—SECOND CONGRESS. Sess. II. Ch. 335. 1872. 309 section two hundred and twenty-one, providing for extending the line 0f posts, shall, during the time such mail is carried thereon, be post/—r0z1ds. Sec. 205. Tlmt all letter-carrier routes established in any city or town, Letter-carrier for the collection and delivery of msihmzttter by carriers, are hereby $‘Q‘f*°S(§° bet declared to be post-roa<ls. DOS ` Sec. 206. That when there is more than one road between places ye mm than designated by law for 2. post-road, the Postmaster-General may direct ¤¤€ *°¤<l»“’hi°l¤ which shall be considered the post-road. t° be p°S°`r°ad' Siec. 207. That the Postmzxster-General may change the terminus of p0qmSm_ post-romls connecting with or intersecting railways when the service can g¤¤¤M\m¤y_ be thereby improved. change t"‘“‘““si Sm;. 208. That whenever, in the opinion of the Postmaster-General, may msc0H_ the postal service cannot be safely continued, the revenues collected, or time service on the huvs maintained on any p0st—roml, he may discontinue the service on my ’°“di such road or any part thereof until the same can be safely restored. Sho. 209. That the Postmaster-General may, when he deems it advis- may comme; able, contract for the transportation of the mails to and from any post- f<>¤”_¤¤¤‘Yi¤Sth¤ officeg but where such service is performed over a route not established ""“1S* °“’ M'; by law, it shall be his duty to report the same to Congress at its meeting next thereafter, and said service shall cease at the end of the next session of Congress, unless said route is established a post-route by Congress. Sec. 210. That the P0stms.ster-General shall arrange the railway- to arrange mib routes on which the mail is carried, including those in which the service way routes, in is partly by railway and partly by steamboat, into three classes, according ““`“ °I‘*”“· bo the size of the mails, the speed at which they are carried, and the frequency and importance of the service, so that each railway company shall receive, as far as practicable, at proportionate and just rate of compensation, according to the service performed. Sec. 211. That the pay for C2L1'1`yIlllg the mail on any railway of the Pay for carry· first class shall not exceed three hundred dollars per mile per annum ; lng? **1** mm OU . . V milwavs of the ou any railway of the second class 1C shall not exceed one hundred dollars swam] clams, per mile per annum; and on any railway of the third class it shall not &c. exceed fifty dollars per mile per mmum ; but if one-half the service on any railway is required to be performed in the night-time, the Postmaster- General may pay twenty-five per centum in addition to the above maximum rates. Sec. 212. That if the POStm&SE€T·G€11€Y&l is unable to contract for Postmstercarrying the mail on any railwzty-route at a c0mpe11sa.ti01x not exceeding §§;f:fj;e";‘g€r_ the maximum rates herein provided, or for what he may deem a reasonable ,,,Q;;,`;,~, gw__ and and fair compensation, he may separate the letter¤mztil from the other mail, provide T0! carry- and contract, either with or without advertising, for carrying such letter- "'g* &°‘ mail by horse express or otherwise, at the gremest speed that can reasonably be obtained, and for carrying the other mail in wagons, or otherwise, at a, slower rate of speed. Sm. 213. That every railway company carrying the mail shall carry Runway com- 011 any train which may run over its road, and without extra charge therefor, all nmilable matter directed to be carried thereon, with the person alfmilame ma); in charge of the same. ter, &c; Sec. 214. That all railway companies to which the United States have h¤¤‘i¤gl·¤¤d furnished aid by grant of lands, right of way, or otherwise, shall carry §;;iT;Sa;°`;§;;y the mail at such prices as Congress may by law provide ; aud, until prices. such price is fixed by law, the Postmaster-General may fix the rate of compensation. Sec. 215. That the P0stm:>.ster-Geneml shall provide for carrying the Mailsto be mail on all post-roads established by law, as often as he, having due regard fu t0 productiveness and other circumstances, may think proper. to be Cu,.,.;cd U, Sec. 216. That the Postmz1ster—Generz1.l shall cause amail to be carried courvlcause of_ from the nearest post-office on any established post—r0ad, to the court-house “"°b` of any county in the United States which is without a mail.