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362 FORTY-FIFTH CONGRESS. Sxsssf III. Ch. 180. 1879. Penalty for fail- Sec. 27. That any postmaster or other person engaged in the postal “" ’° “° “"* f"" service who shall collect, and fail to account for, the postage due upon "°°t"g°' any article of mail-matter which he may deliver, without having previously affixed and canceled such special stamps, as hereinbcfore provided, or who shall fail to affix such stamp, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of nfty dollars. Canceled ammpa. Sec. 28. That any person who shall use, or attempt to use, in pay- ment of postage, any canceled postage-stamp or postagestamps, whether the same have been before used or not, or who shall by any means rc- Waaleing. move, or attempt to remove, or assist in removing, marks from any postage-stamp or postage-stamps, with intent to use the same in payment of postage, or who knowingly shall have in his possession any postage- Using. stamp or postage-stamps canceled, with intent to use the same, or from which such canccllationmiarks have been removed, or who shall sell or St-mug. offer to sell any such stamp or stamps or who shall use or attempt to use the same in payment of postage, or who shall remove the super- Em-empea. scription from any stamped envelope or postal card that has once been Cards. used in the payment of postage, with intent to again use the same for a like purpose, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall, on Peiiazzy. conviction thereof, be punished by imprisonment for not less than six months nor more than one year, or by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars for each odense, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court. 187'l’,ch.10§, Sec. 29. The provisions of the fifth and sixth sections of the act 19 sms 33** entitled “An act establishing post-routes, and for other purposes ", approved March third, eighteen hundred and seventy-seven, for the trans- Opicial mail-mat mission of official mail-matter, be, and they are hereby, extended to all “"· officers of the_United States Government, and made applicable to all official mail-matter transmitted between any of the officers of the United States, or between any such otilcer and either of the executive departments or officers of the government, the envelopes of such matter in all cases to bear appropriate indorsements containing the proper designation of the office from which the same is transmitted, with a statement Smithsonian In- of the penalty for their misuse. And the provisions of said fifth and °'"””°’f· sixth sections are hereby likewise extended and made applicable to all P"°*‘*·"°· official mail-matter sent from the Smithsonian Institution: Provided, That this act shall not extend or apply to pension-agents or other officers who receive a fixed allowance as compensation for their services, including expenses for postage. R- S- 3955. Sec. 30. That section thirty-nine hundred and nfty-five of the Revised A"""d°d· Statutes be, and the same is hereby, amended so as to read as follows: J§'vw vwfics on “The Postmaster-General, whenever, he may deem it consistent with ’"‘"' °°""“°'”· the public interest, may accept or require new surety upon any contract existing or hereafter made for carrying the mails, in substitution for and release of any existing surety ”. Ad interim 1*0**- Sec. 31. Any person performing the duties of postmaster, by authority "‘“""· of the President, at any postoflice where there is a vacancy for any cause, shall receive for the term for which the duty is performed the same compensation to which he would have been entitled if regularly appointed and confirmed as such postmaster; and all services heretofore rendered in like cases shall be paid for under this provision. L¢ff¤‘-v7wvfw•¤¤l- Sec. 32. That the Postmaster-General is hereby authorized to take "1’°· the necessary steps to introduce and furnish for public use a letter-sheet envelope, on which postage-stamps of the denominations now in use on ordinary envelopes shall be placed. And the Postmaster—General is also D<>**N¤ Cam- authorized to introduce and furnish for public use a double postal card, on which shall be placed two one-cent stamps, and said card to be so arranged for the address that it may be forwarded and returned, said cards to be sold for two cents apiece; and also to introduce and furnish ·D°"m° ”"""°1’°"· for public use a double-letter envelope, on which stamps of the denominations now in use may be placed, and with the arrangement for the