Tribulations of the Carrier
nor rain nor heat nor gloom
of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their
rounds," so quoth Herodotus, and his quotation is carved in a lofty
across the face of the big G.P.O., in New York City. Old
however, probably wasn't speaking from personal experience and, never
had to lug a bag of mail about a big city, could not have foreseen some
of the complications, hazards, and dangers that the later uniformed
would encounter in their daily trots around the circuit.
has shown me a cover, with a 2¢ 1890 attached, addressed to a house
in Minneapolis. Delivery of this missive was evidently
the situation improved, for the carrier brought this letter back to the
office, and wrote in the corner of it, "Cross dog in yard. Thurs.
That carrier, very likely hadn't heard about Herodotus, and probably
was nothing in the manual about how to approach an unreasonable dog.
- George B. Sloane
July 15, 1951
Posted September 19, 1999
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