RULES STIFFENED ABOUT SAMPLES
Postmaster Pond has received instructions concerning the regulations governing the transmission of samples of materials and goods by mail, and the rules are of interest to the general public. Mail matter of second or third class must not be made the vehicle of transmitting samples of merchandise to the deprivation of the department of its lawful revenues from mail matter of the fourth class. Samples of all materials are to be held strictly to the fourth class rate. References by advertisement or otherwise to the general character of the material used in the matter of second or third class does not affect the proper classification, but reference to special or exceptional pages interspersed as exhibits of material will place the whole in the fourth class. The postmaster is expected to give the sender the benefit of every doubt, but deliberate violation of these rules will result in a penalty. Colored inks on inserted super-calendered paper in magazines or the like will not come under these provisions.