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SEVENTH REPORT

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UNITED STATES CIVIL-SERVICE COMMISSION,

JULY 1, 1889, TO JUNE 30, 1890.

WASHINGTON, D.O., November 20, 1890. SIR: During the last fiscal year the post-offices at Memphis and Dallas, each now containing more than fifty employés, have been classified. The classified civil service now contains somewhat over thirty thousand of the government employés.

EXAMINED AND APPOINTED.

From July 1, 1889, to June 30, 1890, 3,751 applicants were examined for the departmental service at Washington, of whom 2,117 passed and 1,634 failed to pass. For the customs service 3,587 were examined, 1,797 passed and 1,790 failed; for the postal service 11,193 were examined, 6,904 passed and 4,289 failed to pass; for the railway mail service 4,463 were examined, 3,129 passed and 1,334 failed to pass. The whole number examined for the four branches of the classified service was 22,994, of whom 13,947 passed and 9,047 failed to pass. Compared with the previous year this shows an increase of 3,934 in the whole number examined, an increase of 1,969 in the whole number who passed, and an increase of 1,965 in the whole 1. umber who failed to pass The whole number appointed in the year covered by this report is as follows: Departmental service, 534; customs service, 375; postal serv. ice, 3,106; and railway mail service, 1,400; total, 5,415; an increase of 1,634 over the previous year.

The tables showing in detail the results of the year's work will be found in the appendix. The appendix also contains the laws, rules, and regulations; classifications, rulings, schedule of examinations, specimen questions, and other important matter.

During the last year the Commission has been able to make a very thorough examination into the condition of the classified service. There were certain points developed by this investigation upon which the Commission wishes to lay special stress,

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