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MILES, Pithy, author, born in Watertown, New York, 16 November, 1818 ; died on the islan(t of Malta, 7 April, 1865. He was brought up on a farm, taught for some time, and on coming of age entered upon commercial pursuits, and subsequently studied law. He next passed five years in travelling through the United States, delivering lectures and contributing to newspapers for his support, and then five years in exploring the countries of Europe, sending home descriptive letters. All of his communications were signed " Communipaw." During the last period of his life he labored in advocacy of postal reform, urging the reduction of postage to one cent for half-ounce letters. For the last twenty years of his life he made London his home, but continued his travels in various parts of the world. He died while on the journey to Egypt to report the opening of the Suez canal for a New York newspaper. He published " Statistical Register" (New York, 1848); "Elements of Memotechny, or Art of Memory" (1848), which passed through several editions and was republished in London; " Northurfari, or Rambles in Iceland" .(1854), republished in England; " Ocean Steam Navigation "; and "Postal Reform, its Urgent Necessity and Practicability " (1855).
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