This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Recently a kind correspondent, anxious to serve the Garden_ er's Monthly, sent a package basted at the ends with sewing cotton, instead of merely turned down or tied with string. For this indiscretion the editor was fined by the post office authorities of Philadelphia one dollar and ninety cents ! Now the most a person can do in a closed parcel is to write a little, which at best would not damage the United States mails to the extent of over three or six cents, - and if one were to be fined to this extent for another's fault, there would be no serious cause of complaint. But why the United States should get $1.90 because of a bare chance it was damaged three cents, passes our comprehension. We have suggested before, that on all closed packages the sender should be compelled to put on three cents more than the " third class rate," or that double or treble this amount, for the additional trouble, should be added to the collection if omitted; and it is a matter of surprise to us that there is no one in the National Congress with sense enough and sufficient influence to get the Post Office Committee to see a point like this.