I shall put it very
' briefly for my hon. friend for Bonaventure, and then he will know all about it except the details which are not necessary to know. You have fifty-one per cent of the farmers or people living along a certain route who will sign a petition to the inspector of the inspectoral division asking for the establishment of a rural mail route. When that is fyled in the office a member of the post office inspector's staff goes down, examines the locality and locates the route according to the regulations of the department. There the whole thing is done. The only liability on those signing is that each patron undertakes to purchase, the box, which costs $3. I have allowed two patrons to join in the same box. My experience has been that that arrangement does not last long, the two patrons say: Now
we know everything about this, we want one each, our own box. The box is adapted to give certain indications. If there is anything in the box for the courier to take up, the box is set in a certain position. If the courier puts something into the box he places it in another position and the people in the house can see that there is something for them and the boy or girl goes to the box. The payment of $3 is once for all, then the box belongs to the man who purchases it. The upshot of the whole thing is that every man has got a post office at his door. The courier has with him booklets of stamps and he sells the stamps to the farmers so that they have at home all of the postal facilities they require. More than, that, they have the right to receive registered mail from the courier and give him registered mail. It amounts to this that it is a small post office at the door of every farmer in the country.