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POST OFFICE EEGULATIONS.
vellum. Further, all legitimate binding, mounting,
or covering of a book, &c, or of a portion thereof,
will be allowed, whether such binding, &c, be loose
or attached ; as also rollers, in the case of prints or
maps, markers (whether of paper or otherwise), in
the case of books, and, in short, whatever is neces-
sary for the safe transmission of such articles, or
usually appertains thereto; but the binding, &c,
must not be sent as a second packet, nor can patterns
or books of patterns (unless these consist merely of
paper) be allowed.
§ 5. No book-packet may contain anything which
is sealed or otherwise closed against inspection ; nor
must there be any letter, nor any communication of
the nature of a letter, whether separate or otherwise,
unless the whole of such letter or communication be
printed. Entries, however, merely stating who sends
the book, &c, or to whom it is given, are not re-
garded as a letter. Indeed as respects the name and
address of the sender, not only is the writing per-
mitted, but recommended ; so that if the cover come
off, or for any other reason the packet cannot be
forwarded, it may be returned to the sender.
§ 6. No book packet must exceed two feet in
length, or one foot in width or depth ; and if any
such packet be presented at a post office, it will not
be received.
§ 7. Any packet which shall not be opened at the
ends or sides, or shall have any letter or any com-
munication of the nature of a letter written in it, or
â– upon its cover, will be charged with the "unpaid"
letter postage.
§ 8. If a packet be found to contain any letter not
wholly printed, whether closed or open, or any
inclosure sealed or otherwise closed against inspec-
tion, or any other unauthorized inclosure, ihe letter
or inclosure will be taken out and forwarded to the
address on the packet, charged with the full postage,
as an unpaid letter; together with an additional
rate ; and the remainder of the packet, if duly prepaid
with stamps, will then be forwarded to its address.
§ 9. If a packet be not sufficiently prepaid with
stamps, but nevertheless bear a stamp of the value
of one rate, it is forwarded, charged with the defi-
cient book postage, together with an additional rate;
but any packet which bears no postage stamp is
charged with double the book postage.
§ 10. In every case in which the postage charge-
able under these regulations is greater than the letter
rate, the latter postage is substituted.
12. The main business of the Post Office being the
transmission of letters, the forwarding of books and
newspapers (which no one is compelled to send
through the Post Office), though an important, is only
a secondary olject, for which no arrangement can
be made which would interfere with the quick and
regular conveyance and delivery of letters. Books,
therefore, which would be injured by being thrust
into a bag and hurriedly pressed down like a bundle
of letters, should not be sent through the Post.
13. Colonial and Foreign Book Posts. — Except
that the rates of Postage are higher, books can be
sent to all British colonies, and to other foreign
places, on the same conditions as those of the Inland
Book Post. For exceptional Rates, and modification
of Rules affecting certain countries, the British Postal
Guide, published quarterly, ought to be consulted.
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14. Inland Pattern and Sample Post. — The fol-
lowing are the rules of the Inland Pattern and
Sample Post: —
§ 1. Rates of Postage. s. d.
For a packet of patterns, or samples, weighing
" not more than 4 oz., - - - 2
" more than 4 oz., but not more
than 8 oz., 4
" more than 8 oz., but not more
than 12 oz., - • - - - 6
" 12 oz., but not more than 1 lb., is
" more than 1 lb., but not more
than l£ lb.,
" more than 1 \ lb., but not more
than 1£ lb., ----- l
§ 2. The postage must be prepaid by means of
postage stamps.
§ 3. No packet of patterns or samples must exceed
24 oz. in weight. Any packet exceeding that weight
will be sent to the Returned Letter Branch.
§ 4. There must be no writing or printing on the
packet or its? cover in addition to the address of the
person for whom the packet is intended, except the
address of the sender, a trade mark and numbers,
and the prices of the articles, otherwise the packet
will be treated as a letter.
§ 5. There must be no inclosures other than the
samples themselves ; the particulars which are
allowed to be furnished under the preceding rule must
in all cases be given, not on loose pieces of paper,
but on small lables attached to the samples, or the
bags containing them. Any loose inclosure will be
taken out and forwarded to the address on the packet
charged with the full postage as an unpaid letter,
together with an additional rate of a penny
§ 6. The patterns or samples must be sent in
covers open at the ends, so as to be easy of examina-
tion. Samples, however, of seeds, &c , which cannot
be sent in open covers, may be inclosed in boxes, or
in bags of linen or other material fastened in such a
manner that they may be readily opened; or in bags
entirely closed, provided that they are transparent,
so that the officers of the department may be able to
satisfy themselves as to the nature of the contents.
Non-compliance with this rulewill subject the packet
to be treated as a letter.
§ 7. If a packet of patterns or samples be posted
altogether unpaid, it will be charged with double the
postage which should have been prepaid ; if a por-
tion of the postage be prepaid, even although only
a penny stamp be affixed, the packet will be charged
wiih the amount of the deficiency, together with an
additional rate of twopence.
§ 8. In order to prevent any interruption to the
regular transmission of letters, a packet of patterns or
samples may, when it is necessary, be kept back at
the head office for 24 hours beyond the timeAvhen in
ordinary course it would be forwarded.
§ 9. The rule which forbids the transmission
through the Post of any article which might injure
the contents of the mail bags, or the officers of the
Post Office, is so far relaxed as to permit the trans-
mission of scissors, knives, razors, forks, steel pens,
nails, keys, watch machinery, metal tubing, pieces
of metal or ore, and such like as samples, provided
that they be packed and guarded in so secure a man-
ner as to afford complete protection to the contents
of the mail bags and the officers of the Post Office,
while at the same time the samples may be easily

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