for air mail is included in our total outlay. New air mail services have been inaugurated to some places which otherwise would not have any mail service. The mail may be carried by air only a small part of the trip. The total amount expended was $274,183 and the value to the department of the mail carried was something like $605,000. I repeat again that in many instances the mail is carried by air for only part of the trip and that is the value of the postage which we receive.
Where there is a fairly large quantity of air mail being carried, such as into the newer places, it is pretty profitable. However, I would not say that it is cheaper than the service by dog team. The cost varies with every route, but as a rule, except for first class mail, we charge an accordingly higher rate on account of the extra cost of the service.
In 1933-34 the vote was $300,000, of which $270,600 was expended. In 1934-35 the vote was $300,000, of which $275,386 was expended. In 1935-36 the vote was $323,650, of which $266,382 was expended. In 1936-37 the vote was $290,000 and the estimated expenditure is $284,000.