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Shetland, the rates to which are 7s. for the first 20
â– words, and Is. 9d. for every additional five -words.
5. When the termioal telegraph office, i.e., the
office from which the message is delivered, is a Head
Post Office, the amount paid for the transmission of
a message covers the cost of delivery within the town
postal delivery of that office. But when it is not a
Head Post Office, the message is delivered free only
within a radius from it of one mile.
6. When the addressee resides heyond the above
described limits, porterage is charged at the rate of
6d. per double mile (that is, a mile out and a mile
back), or any part thereof, provided the whole dis-
tance to be traversed does not exceed three miles out
and three miles back ; but the charge is calculated
from the boundary of the district within which no
porterage is levied. For instance, if the addressee's
residence is a mile and a quarter from the terminal
telegraph office, and also beyond the free delivery,
the charge for porterage would be 6d.; if the distance
is above two miles and under three. Is.
7. If the addressee resides at a greater distance
than three miles from the terminal telegraph office,
porterage is charged for delivery by mounted messen-
ger at the rate of Is. per double mile, except in the
case of telegrams for Ireland, where the charge usually
is 8d. per double mile.
8. If the sender requires his telegram to be for-
warded by post or by train from the terminal tele-
graph office, he must write the words " by post" or
"by train" on the message form in the space pro-
vided at the foot for that purpose.
9. A deposit of 6s. is required upon all telegrams
addressed to persons on board ship (unless the ship
be lying in the dock) to cover any expense incurred
in their delivery ; but application can be made to the
Secretary for any surplus.
10. An embossed stamp which has been removed
from a spoiled and unused " A 1 " form will be
accepted in payment of a telegram ; but mutilated
or defaced stamps will not. Postage stamps are not
available for telegraph purposes.
11. The sender of a telegram should state his ad-
dress with sufficient fulness to enable the Depart-
ment to communicate with him, if necessary; and
should he telegraph from a place that is not his
permanent residence, his permanent address should
be added.
12. Telegrams may be repeated at the request of
the sender, if he desires to adopt this extra security
against risk of error, by being re-signalled from each
office at which they are received to the office from
which they are forwarded. The charge for repeti-
tion is one half the ordinary tariflT; fractions of
threepence being reckoned as twopence.
13. The cost of a reply to a telegram may be pre-
paid ; and a Prepaid Reply Pass will then be deli-
vered to the addressee, who will be at liberty to send
his reply, from any Postal Telegraph Station, at any
time within two months after the date of the original
14. A prepaid reply pass, however, need not
necesarily be used for the reply to a message, but
may be used for the purpose of prepaying a message
containing the same number of words as that named
on the pass. If the pass be not used application for
the return of the money, accompanied by the prepaid
reply pass, may be made by the holder to the
secretary, General Post Office, London.
15. All telegrams which are re-transmitted to a
second address by wire will be charged a fresh Inland
rate. Telegrams which are re-directed to a second
address in the same locality or free delivery will not
be surcharged for the second service, if the re-direction
does not involve any use of the wires.
16. Persons who wish to avoid sending so far as
to a telegraph office, may, without additional charge,
post a telegram form enclosed in an envelope, addressed
" Telegraph Office," in a wall or pillar box, or in the
letter-box of a Receiving Office or Sub-Office. Tele-
grams so posted are sent to the nearest Postal
Telegraph Office by the first collection from the
letter-box in which they are deposited, and are then
transmitted as soon as possible. Care should be taken
that such telegrams are fully prepaid.
17. Unpaid telegrams are not forwarded, and
insufficiently prepaid telegrams cause trouble and
inconvenience to the parties to whom they are sent
as well as to the Department.
18. Most of the Telegraph Offices in the United
Kingdom are closed between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.; and
as time is required for transmission between office
and (ffice, it must be borne in mind that if a telegram
be deposited in a box at such a time that it cannot
reach a Telegraph Office before 7 p.m., it may not
reach its destination until after 8 a.m. on the follow-
ing day.
19. Telegrams written on the proper forms, and
properly prepaid, may be handed to rural messengers
who are proceeding to Telegraph Offices. The tele-
grams will be duly transmitted from such offices.
20. Numbers expressed in figures in an inland
telegram are counted as so many words, according to
the number of figures employed. For example, '' 7 "
counts as one word, " 1 2 " as two words, " 385 "
as three words; and so on. Fractions are counted
according to the number of figures employed to ex-
press the quantity, one word being added for the bar
or mark of division between the numerator and de-
nominator — thus "-^"counts as three words, "f"
as three words, " 109|-" as six words.
21. When the sender of a telegram desires words
to be underlined, or placed in a parenthesis, or within
inverted commas, two extra words are charged for.
22. When the sender of a telegram desires that
special instructions, such as " private," " confiden-
tial," " to be opened at once," or the like, shall be
written on the envelope containing the copy of the
message which is to be delivered to the addressee, he
must write the instructions on the form immediately
after the address of the person to whom the message
is sent. These instructions are charged for as part
of the message.
23. When telegrams are addressed to a Postal
Telegraph Office to be called for, they are kept for
two clear days ; and if no application be made for
them within that time, are sent to the Chief Office,
24. Telegrams for the re-direction of letters are
accepted at the ordinary rate of charge ; but the
sender must append his signature to the telegram,
otherwise it cannot be acted upon.
26. Telegrams which are indecently or obscenely
worded, or which appear to contain abusive, libellous,
or slanderous matter, will not be transmitted.
26. The Department is not liable for losses in-
curred through the incorrect transmission, delay, or
non-delivery of telegrams.

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