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transmission in identical terms to several persons,
and the whole or greater part of vphich is printed,
engraved, or lithographed — may also be sent by
book post.
4. But a book-packet may not contain any letter,
or communication of the nature of a letter * (whether
separate or otherwise), unless it be a circular- letter
or be wholly printed ; nor any enclosure sealed or in
any way closed against inspection ; nor any other
enclosure not allowed by Rule 3. If this Rule be
infringed, the entire packet is charged as a letter, f
5. A book-packet may be posted either without a
cover (in which case it must not be fastened, whether
by means of gum, wafer, sealing wax, postage stamp,
or otherwise), or in a cover entirely open at both
ends, so as to admit of the contents being easily
withdrawn for examination ; J otherwise it is treated
as a letter. For the greater security of the contents,
however, it may be tied at the ends with string;
Postmasters being authorised to cut the string in
such cases, although if they do so they must again
tie up the packet.
6. No Book-packet may be above 5 lbs. in weight,
nor above one foot sis inches in length, nine inches
in width, or six inches in depth.
7. When, owing to a great and unusual influx of
letters, books, &c., the transmission or delivery of
the letters would be delayed if the whole mail were
dealt with without distinction, book-packets may be
kept back till the next despatch or delivery.
(6.) Card Post.
1. Post Cards, whether official or private, having
a halfpenny stamp impressed upon them (adhesive
stamps not being accepted in payment of the post-
age), may be transmitted between places in the
United Kingdom with letters written upon the
2. The front (or stamped) side is intended for the
address only, in addition to the printed words " Post
Card " and " The address only to be written on
this side." There must be nothing else written,
printed, or otherwise impressed on it, nor must there
be any writing or printing across the stamp. On
the reverse side any communication, whether of the
nature of a letter or otherwise, may be written or
printed. Nothing whatever may be attached ; nor
may the card be folded, cut, or otherwise altered.
If any one of these rules be infringed, the card will
be charged Id. on delivery.
3. When, owing to a great and unusual influx of
letters, books, &c., the transmission or delivery of
the letters would be delayed if the whole mail were
dealt with without distinction. Post Cards may be
kept back until the next despatch or delivery.
4. No card other than one of those issued by the
Government, or a private card impressed with a
halfpenny stamp at the Office of Inland Revenue,
Somerset House, or at the Stamp Offices at Liver-
* Entries merely staling who sends the book, &c., or
to whom it is given, are not regarded as a letter.
t It is tlie duty of Postmasters, whenever they have
ground for snspi cting an infringement of any of the
above conditions, and occasionally even when there is
r,o ground for suspicion, to open and examine hook-
packets posted at, or passing through, their office.
X in order to secure (lie return of hook-packets which
cannot he delivered, the names and addresses of the
senders should be printed or written outside ; thus " From
pool and Newcastle-on-Tyne, will pass under a half-
penny stamp, if it bear on it a written communica-
tion of the nature of a letter.
5. For information as to the conditions under
which private cards are impressed with a halfpennj'
stamp, application must be made to the Office tf
Inland Revenue.
(7) Articles not allowed to he sent ly Post.
1. It is forbidden to forward by post any indecent
or obscene print, painting, photograph, lithograph,
engraving, book or card, or any other indecent or
obscene article, or any letter, newspaper, publica-
tion, packet, or card having thereon any words,
marks, or designs of an indecent, obscene, libellous,
or grossly offensive character. Anything posted
contrary to this prohibition will be stopped and sent
up to the Returned Letter Office.
2. Postmasters are instructed r.ot to receive any
letter which there is good reason to believe contains
anything likely to injure the contents of the mail
bag, or to do bodily harm to any officer of the Post
Office. If such a packet be posted without the
Postmaster's knowledge, or if at any time before its
despatch he should discover any such packet, he is
directed not to forward it, but to report the case,
with the address of the packet, to the Secretary.
The following are examples of the articles referred
A glass bottle, or glass in any form ; leeches,
game, fish, meat, fruit, or vegetables ; bladders or
other vessels containing liquids ; gunpowder, lucifer
matches, or anything which is explosive or liable to
sudden combustion ; razors, scissors, needles, forks,
or other sharp instruments are also forbidden, except
when sent in packets of samples to the foreign
countries mentioned in Rule 6, Section 7.
3. According to the regulations of Germany, no
letter exceeding 250 grammes in weight (a little
more than 8J oz.), can, if containing any other
enclosure than paper, be allowed to circulate by the
post. Any such letters, therefore, forwarded in the
Mail to Germany, will be liable, on their arrival at
the German frontier, to be stopped, and sent to the
Custom House for delivery asfra'ght.
4. The laws of Spain forbid the transmission, by
the post within that country, of letters or other
packets containing coin, watches, jewellery, or other
articles of value, which are liable to Customs duties;
and the circulation of such articles in letters is also
prohibited in Belgium and Italy. Any such packets,
therefore, which may be forwarded in the mails to
Spain, Belgium, or Italy, will not be delivered, but ■
viill be sent back. A similar prohibition, on pain of
forfeiture, is placed upon the transmission of diamonds
and other jewels to the Turkish Empire, of money
and jewellery to the Republic of Costa Rica, and of
jewellery to the colony of Victoria, Australia.
(8) Colonial and Foreign Booh Post.
1. The rates of postage on book-packets to the
colonies and foreign countries are given in the two
subjoined tables, as also in the Table of Colonial and
Foreign Postage.
2. Every book-packet must be posted either with-
out a cover (in which case it must not be fastened,
whether by means of gum, wafer, sealing wax,
postage stamp, or otherwise), or in a cover entirely
open at both ends so as to admit of the contents

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