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First Class Postoffice

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Aun Arbor can be made a first-class postoffice after April 1, next, with a little intelligent co-operation on the part of its citizens. As is kuown, the postoffices of the country are divided luto four classes. Aun Arbor has long been in the sccond class. To get into the first class it is necessary that the Teceipts of the office should be oves S40. 000 a year. There are uuruerour ulvantages to a city to have the postoffice of the first class. The only first class offices in the state now are Detroit, Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Lansing and Jackson. Ann Arbor should be added to the list of first class offices. How can it be done ? By increasiug the receipts of the office for the next six months about $2,000 over what they were for the corresponding six months a year ago. This wonld be an in crease of about 10 per cent, over that six months. The receipts of the Ann Arbor postoffice f rom üct. 1, 1898, to Mareh 31, 1899, were $20,607.27. These six months aro the best in the year. They were counted in the last fiscal year's revenue. To make Aun Arbor a firstclass office the receipts this year from Oct. 1, 1899, to March 81, 1900, shouldbe $22,600. The reason for this is, that the receipts of the Ann Arbsr office from April 1, 1899 to Sept. 30, 1899, were 09.27. This period, of course, includes the poorest months of the year in Aun Arbor, covering as it does, the long vacation period. The receipts for the same period in 1898 were $16,766.fiO, showiug au increase of 642.67 in the six mouths, or only about four per ent. ' Natnrally, however, there should "be a bigger increase in the coming six months. There are 250 more studeuts her?, and studeuts are letter weitere, ■ially the The#j there are at least 200 more peoplliíre Tiosides the student. But while this alone brings Aim Arbor in sight oí' tlic cbveted goal, it will uot quite reach it, unless eaoh one does his little to help. Many stamps are sent in from outside. If our business industries and merchante would discourage the making of remittances to them in stamps, Aun Arbor would become after April next a flrst-class office. If they do not, the city will be obliged to wait another year. There are more than $2,000 worth of stamps sent in here every six months which are used here, and for which Aun Arbor gets no credit. The receipts for July of this year were 2,455.42, August $2,204. 12, September $2,810.19. The receipts in 1 1SÍ1S for these months were : July f2,246.40, August $2,004.83, September $2,727.66. The two best months in the year at the postoffice are generally October and March.