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POSTAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS

APPLICABLE TO THE

RAILWAY MAIL SERVICE

8. The head of each department is authorized to prescribe regulations, not inconsistent with law, for the government of his department, the conduct of its officers and clerks, the distribution and performance of its business, and the custody, use, and preservation of the records, papers, and property appertaining to it.

2. All regulations or amendments thereof shall be promulgated by the Postmaster General and duly entered of record in the journal.

12. To the Second Assistant Postmaster General are assigned the authorization and management of the transportation of the domestic and international mails by means of railroads, electric and cable cars, steamships, steamboats, rural routes, mail messengers, and star routes; the preparation of advertisements for mail lettings for the transportation of mail by steamboats, airplanes, and star routes; the preparation of orders of awards thereon and the execution of contracts accordingly; the authorization of changes in schedules on steamboat routes and star routes where they are fixed by orders; the receipt and examination of reports from postmasters and others as to the performance of such service and the preparation of orders for the Postmaster General making deductions for nonperformance and imposing fines for delinquencies, the issuance of statements of amounts found upon administrative examination to be due the various companies, contractors, and others for performance of such service, and the forwarding of such statements to the General Accounting Office for payment; the authorization of payment of salaries to railway postal clerks and making allowances for their travel expenses; the distribution of pouches, sacks, and pouch locks used in the transportation of the mails; the designation and supervision of mail-bag depositories; the direction of the mail distribution and the course of the mails; the supervision of the Railway Mail Service, Rural Delivery Service, International Postal Service (including the sea post, Navy mail, and international registry, insurance, and collect-on-delivery services), and other classes of transportation mentioned above; and the general supervision of the divisions of the Bureau.

4. The Division of Railway Mail Service, under the supervision of the General Superintendent, is charged with the preparation of all regulations for the Government of the Railway Mail Service.

29. 2. Postmasters, clerks, employees, contractors, and others connected with the Postal Service are subordinate to post-office inspectors when acting within the scope

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of their duty and employment. But no arbitrary power is hereby conferred upon them. They shall aut interfeją with any officer or employee who is in the proper diseharga or his duty further than to examine his methods, system, and accounts, or any complaints which may be made against him. Nor shall they interfere with the mails or the transportation thereof, except as expressly authorized by law and as permitted by the regulations.

3. Inspectors are empowered to open pouches and sacks and examine the mails therein and are authorized to enter and inspect post offices at all times.

4. Inspectors shall exhibit as evidence of their authority the commission issued by the Postmaster General,

30. 2. Before entering upon the duties, and before they shall receive any salary, the Postmaster General, and all persons employed in the Postal Service, shall respectively take and subscribe before some magistrate or other competent officer authorized to administer oaths by the laws of the United States, or of any State or Territory, the following oath or affirmation.

3. The oaths required to be taken under the preceding statutes by the Postmaster General and all other officers and employees of the Post Office Department and the Postal Service are combined in the following form (Form 5063):

I (name of appointee), having been appointed (designate office or employment), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely and without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

I do further solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully perform all the duties required of me and abstain from everything forbidden by the laws in relation to the establishment of post offices and post roads within the United States; and that I will honestly and truly account for and pay over any money belonging to the said United States which may come into my possession or control; and I also further swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States. So help

me God.

Sworn to and subscribed before me, a

A. D. 19.

day of

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