from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vertical mailing-tube, having a glass front, erected in a hotel or office-building, and passing through all or several floors; a chute for letters.
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"The most expensive apartment we looked at had a mail-chute," said my husband, thoughtfully, after a moment of silence.
We discovered these things by degrees, and gradually I came to feel that my mail-chute was the only real, continuous luxury we had gained with this awful rent.
But, when Lucille wrote letters, she just stepped out of the suite and dropped them in the mail-chute attached to the elevator.
And the instant I did that, the girl on duty at the stamp-window would have gone to the mail-chute to get the letter and read the address.
Jackson Wylie, Sr., did not really come to until he had reached the street; even then he did not know whether he had come down the elevator or through the mail-chute.
You couldn't help remembering that I'd been a city girl and imagining that prairie-life was a sort of penance I was undergoing before passing on to the joys of paradise in an apartment-hotel with a mail-chute outside the door and the sound of the Elevated outside the windows.