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THE QUESTION OF POSTING PROOFS.

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THE QUESTION OF POSTING PROOFS. At the last weekly meeting of the Balloon Society of Great Britain, Mr. A. Clifford read a paper on the subject of "Posting Proofs, as a simple and profitable adjunct to the Post Office." Dr. Cameron, M.P., presided. Mr. Clifford began his address by stating that in the Postmaster-General's report for 1879 an allusion was made to his system, which had been in operation for twelve months, for the verification of the posting of letters. The report declared that the system had met with no response from the public, but he contended that people would have been glad to resort to it if they had been aware of its existence. The weak point, he said, of the Post Office was that it was powerless to deal with letters intended for despatch and delivery which could only be considered as pre- sumptively confided to its care. In tho matter of missing letters the Post Office was really not so much to blame as the often blundering and careless public. He submitted that some proof of the posting of letters and parcels and the sending of telegrams was required. His proposal was that the Post Office should sell to the public small cheque books con- taining a dozen cheques at the rate of 3id. per book, a farthing stamp being impressed on each. A small portion of each leaf should be gummed at the back to enable it to be affixed again when returned from the Post Office stamped with the stamp of the day, or attached to a copy of the letter or to a book for refer- ence. This cheque would be a proof of the posting, ) and would bear the date of the office at which the letter was posted. The scheme would, in his opinion, bring in a clear profit of £200,000 a year, and would cost nothing to adopt. The Rev. H. Little proposed and Mr. Creswell seconded the following resolution That this meeting, having heard Mr. Clifford's explanation of his system, believes that if fairly tried it would meet a widely-felt want, and cordially recommends it to the favourable re-consideration of the postal authorities." The chairman supported the scheme, and saw no reason why it should not be adopted, as the expenses would be nil and the profits certainly something. The system had not yet been fairly tried. In the discussion which followed the scheme met with a good deal of support, but several members urged the objection that In the posting of a large number of letters too much time would be occupied in stamping the cheques and comparing the addresses. The resolution was agreed to. Votes of thanks to the lecturer and chairman closed the pro- ceedings.

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