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Posted: February 7, 2013 at 4:04 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 7, 1913 “I shipped 43 eggs by parcel post and when they got where I was sendin’ ‘em, ev’ry one was busted. Eggs is sellin’ at 30 cents. Le’s see, four times 12 is 48 — a dollar and 20 and — well, anyhow, it’s about $2 I’ve got comin’ to me ‘cause them eggs was busted in travelin’ and I want it.” And a woman who called on Postmaster U.S. Bratton yesterday added stress to her demands with a few physical as well as verbal calisthenics. “I want to send my dog by parcel post,” declared a portly gentleman during the afternoon. “Sorry, but nothing doing,” replied the clerk. “Bees and insects are the only animals that can be shipped by parcel post.” “None on my dog,” said the owner, and whirled through the revolving door. The usual “diversified” shipments were received yesterday, including pipes from corncobs to meerschaum, several overcoats and other wearing apparel, some lettuce and a package of cotton.

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Arkansas, Pages 10 on 02/07/2013