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Insurance And C.O.D. Mail

( Originally Published 1918 )

C. O. D. Fees, Conditions, and Indemnity.—Domestic third and fourth-class mail, except (note exceptions under Insured) may be sent C. O. D.; that is, the price of the article and charges thereon (including if desired the postage and fee prepaid) will be collected from the addressee, not to exceed $10, on payment of a fee of 12 cents (in stamps affixed to the parcel) in addition to postage; not to exceed $50 on payment of a fee of 15 cents; and not to exceed $100 on payment of a fee of 25 cents. Such parcels are automatically insured for not exceeding $10, $50, and $100 respectively, according to whether a 12, 15 or 25 cent fee was paid, against the amount non-receipt of returns therefor if de-livered and collection effected; and against loss, rifling, or damage in an amount equivalent to the actual value. The department will not assume responsibility for errors made by senders in stating the collection charges, or for any misunderstanding between senders and addressees regarding the price, character, or contents of parcels. The amount of C. O. D. charges will govern the amount of C. O. D. fee to be paid by the sender and the sender shall not be allowed to pay a fee less than 15 cents when the charges are in excess of $10 and shall pay a fee of 25 cents when the charges exceed $50, but when the C. O. D. charges are less than the value the sender may, if he so desires, pay a fee entitling him to indemnity in the event of loss, rifling, or damage for actual value up to $100. A parcel on which the remittance is exactly $10 or $50, but on which, because of the money-order fee, the collection from the addressee will be in excess of that amount, will require a 12 or 15 cent fee, respectively.

Insurance, Fees, Conditions, and Indemnity.—Domestic, third and fourth-class mail, may be insured against loss, rifling, or damage in an amount equivalent to its actual value up to $5 for a fee of 5 cents; $25 for 8 cents; $50 for 10 cents, or $100 for 25 cents in addition to the postage. Fee for return receipt, 3 cents extra. Both postage and fee must be paid by postage stamps affixed to the parcel. Such mail may be isured at any postoffice or station thereof, or by rural carriers but must not be deposited in or on street mail boxes or in drops at postoffices, with the following exceptions, viz., Live day-old chicks, honey bees, and harmless live animals. Indemnity is payable on account of the outright loss or the whole or part of the contents of insured or C. O. D. shipments of live day-old chicks. However, it sometimes hap-pens that day-old chicks die in transit and the bodies are removed by postal. employees, notation to that effect being made on the parcel. In every claim involving alleged rifling of such shipments, postmaster at paying offices will as-certain whether or not the parcel bore evidence showing that the bodies of dead chicks were re-moved by postal employees and if such is the case, the claim for those chicks should be denied. Live fowls and live domestic animals are not mailable.

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