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The Post Office Rent

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The following interesting tale is tole by the Washington correspondent of the Detroit News; Many incidents are related here to illnstrate the inflüence of Senator McMillan with this administration, bnt none is letter than the one toló relative to the recent visit to Washington of Junius E. Beal, of Ann Arbor. As this story goes, Postoffice Inspeotor Eugene. Parshall walked in on Mr. Beal in the nuiversity city not so very long ago and said : "Mr. Beal, yon are getting $1,500 a year from the government for this building we are nsing here as a post office. A thousand is enough. You come down to that right now or I go ont on tthe street and holler for a building that we can get for $1,000.' Beal was pretty well knocked out by this propostion, bnt after considerable argument he induced Parshall to hold the matter in abeyance for a couple of weeks. Two hours later Beal was on the cars, bound for Washington. He went to the post office department and passed down the line from the post master general to the janitor, bnt always with the cry of economy ringing in his ears and no promise offered to keep the Aun Arbor rent tip to $1,500. He tben reported to Senator McMillan. The senator told him to be at the post office department the next morning at 11 o'clock. He was there, sharply on time, and so was the senator. ïogether they bearded the lion of economy in his den. "It is impossible, " was the greetiug ;hey received. "We nmst cut down these expenses, and we positively caunot do " At this point the senator reached over and took the lapel of the coat oí the angust representativo of the governrnent between his thumb and fiuger and drew him gently toward him. "I want this thiugdone verymnob," he said, and that was about all he did say of iroportance. The postofflce department said it ïadn't understood that Mr. Beal conemplated making some repairs, and hat, well, an inspector would go over the ground again. Mr. Beal went home and a little ater Inspector Parshall made another visit, during which Mr. Beal showed lim the improvements he had in mind. Vhen he went away he left with Mr. Beal a gittering and newly execnted 10 year lease for the Beal building at f 1,800 a year.