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Mail dunked as delivery cart skids into the Water Feature
Story and photos by Christian Felkl, Pine Needle Editor, with Staff Reports
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night – nor a pesky water feature along his path – stayed this courier from the swift completion of his appointed rounds.
"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."
Contrary to popular belief, this quote is not the official motto of the U.S. Postal Service. According to the Postal Service, this inscription was supplied by William Mitchell Kendall of the firm McKim, Mead & White, the architects who designed the New York General Post Office building in 1912. Kendall explained that the sentence appears in the works of Herodotus and describes the expedition of the Greeks against the Persians under Cyrus, about 500 B.C. The Persians operated a system of mounted postal couriers, and the sentence describes the fidelity with which their work was done.
Dane County Historical Society Newsletter, Spring 2007, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 5-6