Insecure Packing Accounts for Many Disappointments of 34th Division Soldiers
Salvage Sent to Base Hospital to Gladden Hearts of Bed-fast Troopers
Mail Sacks Piled
Mail sacks were piled to the roof. More then 2,500 sacks of parcels alone had been received that day in addition to 55,000 letters. But the work of sorting and distributing was being done by the twenty-four regular clerks, assisted by fourteen soldiers and without the least bit of lost motion. O. C. Fisher, the camp postmaster, who came here from New Orleans shortly after the camp was established, was directing his force and withal, thing were moving without the slightest hitch. On the north sides of the office trucks from different organizations pulled up and taking on a load of mail and parcels, moved rapidly away. Each organization has a large bin into which its mail is placed and these bins are opened from the large hallway which extends almost the entire length of the building. The division mail is thus secured without any delay or confusion.
During the Christmas rush these bins, which will hold eight sacks, are filled as often as five times daily. The mail is received on the sought side of the building from the largest trucks in the camp, which are used for the purpose of transporting the sacks from the station. Each one frequently brings in as may as 250 sacks, and on the night before Christmas thirteen such loads had been delivered at the unloading platform. More than 200 sacks of parcel post had been sent out and at this season of the year an average of 35,000 letters are being mailed to friends and relatives by the troops here. There is no disorder as the outgoing and incoming mail departments do not conflict at any point. The mailing cases are of the latest model and the clerks who make the separations work with a precision and accuracy that is almost uncanny. About 125 separations are made of the mail going to the states of Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota from which the soldiers of this division have been drawn. A separate packet is made for all towns in these states which receive five letters or more.
The sale of stamps amounts to $1,000 daily at this season of the year and more then $3,000 are sent out each day in money orders. Five clerks are employed in this department alone. The records and receipts are kept in a safe which weights a ton and a half.
The Camp Cody post office is under the supervision of the postmaster at Deming, W. E. Foulks. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – December 28, 1917