Harper’s Weekly shows Postmaster General Marshall Jewell, his hat smoking like a postal delivery train's chimney, rushing toward the “U.S Congressional Tunnel.” He bears a petition that objects to higher mail rates. In 1875, Congress changed the rates for periodicals to two cents per pound for weeklies, to be prepaid by publishers. Previously, postage was paid quarterly or annually, and frequently ignored by postmasters. The subtitle “Let this be the fastest (male) mail on record” refers to the “fast mails” which delivered mail from Chicago to New York in 24 hours. The cheering crowd and Uncle Sam’s encouraging flag, as well as the petition’s pronouncement that “We the People” object to the higher rate, all underscore the popularity of the older rate. The bundle labelled “franking privilege” reminds viewers that Congress sent its post free of charge.