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AUTHORIZED BY ACT OF CONGRESS APPROVED JUNE 26, 1906,

TO MAKE INQUIRY REGARDING

SECOND-CLASS MAIL MATTER.

WASHINGTON:
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.

1907.

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JOINT COMMISSION OF CONGRESS ON SECOND-CLASS

MAIL MATTER:

BOIES PENROSE, PENNSYLVANIA, Chairman.
JESSE OVERSTREET, INDIANA, Vuce-Chairman.
THOMAS H. CARTER, MONTANA.
ALEXANDER S. CLAY, GEORGIA.
JOHN J. GARDNER, NEW JERSEY.
JOHN A. MOON, TENNESSEE.

HENRY H. GLASSIE, DISTRICT OF COLUMBLA, Secretary.

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FEB 21 1907

D. of D.

HEARINGS BEFORE THE POSTAL COMMISSION, COMPOSED OF SENATORS

BOIES PENROSE, THOMAS H. CARTER, AND ALEXANDER S. CLAY, AND REPRESENTATIVES JESSE OVERSTREET, JOHN J. GARDNER, AND JOHN A. MOON, AUTHORIZED BY ACT OF CONGRESS APPROVED JUNE 26, 1906, TO MAKE INQUIRY REGARDING SECOND-CLASS MAIL MATTER.

NEW YORK, October 1, 1906. · The Commission met at the Holland House at 12 o'clock meridian.

Present: Senator Penrose (chairman), Senator Carter, Representative Overstreet (vice-chairman), Representative Moon. Mr. Henry H. Glassie, secretary.

The CHAIRMAN. Pursuant to a resolution adopted at the last executive session of the Commission in Washington, the Commission convenes here at 12 o'clock, October 1, for the purpose of having public hearing

The secretary of the Commission, Mr. Glassie, will read the paragraph in the act of Congress under which the Commission operates.

The SECRETARY. The act by virtue of which the Commission operates is as follows:

That there shall be appointed a joint commission of Congress, consisting of three Senators, appointed by the President of the Senate, and three Members of the House of Representatives, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House, whose duty it shall be to investigate, consider, and report, by bill or otherwise, to Congress its findings and recommendations in regard to the second class of mail matter. The said joint commission shall have power to employ clerks and stenographers, administer oaths, send for persons and papers, and do all things necessary for the carrying out of its objects.

The CHAIRMAN. The secretary of the Commission will state what his plan of the hearing is for to-day.

The SECRETARY. The plan for to-day is the hearing accorded the Hon. Edwin C. Madden, Third Assistant Postmaster-General, who will present to the Commission remarks upon the operation of the existing second-class statutes and the difficulties in the way of their administration. No other business has been set down, Mr. Chairman, for to-day.

The CHAIRMAN. The Chair would state that all of the gentlemen present to-day should leave with the secretary of the Commission their names and addresses, so that their appearance may be entered in the stenographer's notes. Mr. Madden will proceed.

Senator CARTER. Mr. Chairman, before Mr. Madden proceeds I think it would probably be advisable to have an understanding as to Whether interruptions in the way of questions and cross-examination should be permitted or encouraged while the statement is being made. I venture the opinion personally that the work of the investigation

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