1. What does the Mayor's friend suggest?
The Mayor reads a letter from a friend that warns him of an inspection. The friend says that everyone is guilty of the occasional little sin, and suggests the Mayor and his officials take precautions.
2. What does the Mayor ask the Postmaster to do?
The Mayor takes the Postmaster aside, saying someone is spreading lies about him. He asks the Postmaster to steam open all the letters that go through the post office to find out whether anyone is sending mail that they should not send.
3. How does the Judge react when he overhears the Mayor telling the Postmaster to steam open letters?
The Judge, who has been eavesdropping on this conversation, tells the Mayor and Postmaster to be careful. He offers the Mayor one of his new puppies as a "gift," and invites him to go hunting.
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