The Nation

Postal Service carriers have begun delivering nearly 1,000 tattered and yellowed first-class letters dug out of the ground on property once owned by a part-time rural-route carrier in Lincoln, R.I. Each of the letters, many of them two years old, is accompanied by a letter explaining and apologizing for the delay in delivery. The salvaged mail was among 100,000 pieces that were found March 8 buried in bundles behind a house formerly owned by Richard A. Brindle, who has been charged with destruction of mail.

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