As to the more frequent payment of rural mail couriers, my information is that the work is done under cop-tract and the times of payment are fixed by the contract. At the same time one realizes that there might be substantial advantages to the contractor from more frequent payments, and if arrangements could be made to obviate the difficulties which I am told exist in getting these accounts in so as to permit of their more frequent payment, I should be glad to consider the possibility of meeting the suggestion.
It looks to me as if it might not be easy for the Post Office Department to undertake to afford accommodation for the horses and rigs of the couriers at railroad stations. I shall enquire as to what can be properly done. This remuneration is a matter of contract, and no doubt the department would find itself open to criticism if it undertook to raise the rates which were to be paid for this work. A change of conditions might justify an increase. As to the suggestion that the department should furnish vehicles for the carriage of mail, whether there would be any advantage to the public by the adaption of a general system of that kind, is a matter which is
worthy of consideration. I suppose if vehicles were furnished for the carriage of the mail, contractors would not expect the same rate of remuneration that would otherwise be paid. I shall be glad to consider the matters referred to and see if the suggestions can be met.