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POST OFFICE REGULATIONS.
private cards are embossed with a halfpenny stamp,
application must be made to the Office of Inland
Revenue.
(8.) Foreign Card Post.
1. Foreign Post Cards may be sent to all the coun-
tries comprised in the General Postal Union, with the
exception of British India. The postage of a card is
in every case one-half the rate for a single letter.
2. Foreign Post Cards with an impressed stamp
of ljd. each are sold at that rate, and are trans-
missible to the majority of the countries of the Union
without extra charge. But reference should be made
to column G of the tables of Colonial and Foreign
Postage for the exceptional rates.
(9.) Articles not allowed to be sent by 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
to the Returned Letter Office.
2. Postmasters are instructed not to receive any
lettter which (here 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
to:—
A glass bottle, or glass in any form; leeches,
game, fish, meat, fruit, or vegetable; 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 11.
3. The transmission of letters containing gold or
silver money, jewels, or precious articles, or any thing
liable to Customs duties, through the post to any
country of the General Postal Union is forbidden.
The laws of Costa-Rica also forbid the transmis-
sion 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 any such packets, if forwarded, are liable
to confiscation. Packets containing jewellery or
other articles of value for the Cape of Good Hope,
or Queensland, are liable to be detained and
not delivered to the addressees until the Customs
duties have been paid. And letters or packets con-
taining jewellery (which is liable to Customs duties)
sent through the post to Victoria (Australia) are
liable, with their contents, to be forfeited.
(10.) Colonial and Foreign Book Post.
1. Articles which may be sent to places abroad
under the Book Post Regulations consist of two
classes, as follows : —
§ 1. Commercial Papers, under which are comprised
all papers or documents written or drawn wholly or
partly by hand (except letters or communications in
the nature of letters, or other papers or documents I
having tbe character of an actual and personal cor-
respondence), documents of Legal procedure, Deeds
drawn up by public functionaries, copies of, or extracts .
from Deeds under private seal (and whether written or
printed on stamped paper or unstamped paper), Way
Bills, Bills of LadiDg, Invoices, and other documents
of a mercantile character, documents of Insurance and
other public Companies, all kinds of manuscript
Music, the manuscript of Books and other literary
works, and other papers of a similar description.
§ 2. Printed Papers, including periodical works,
books (stitched or bound), pamphlets, sheets of music
(printed), visiting cards, address cards, proofs of
printing (with or without the manuscript relating
thereto), erjgravings, photographs (when not on glass
or in frames containing glass), drawings, plans, maps,
catalogues, prospectuses, announcements, and notices
of various kinds, whether printed, engraved, or litho-
graphed, and in general all impressions or copies
obtained upon paper, parchment, or card-board by
means of printing, lithographing, or any other me-
chanical process easy to recognise, except the copying
press, and anything usually attached or appurtenant
to any of the before-mentioned articles in the way of
binding, mounting, or otherwise, and anything con-
venient for their safe transmission by post which,
shall be contained in the same packet; also printed,
engraved, or lithographed circulars, notwithstanding
that such circulars may be letters or communications
in the nature of a letter.
The two classes are subject to different rates of
postage when addressed to countries in. the Postal
Union, the rate for printed papers being lower than
for commercial papers. If there be any mixture of
the two in the same packet the whole packet is subject
to the higher rate.
2. Every packet must 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 an open cover,
so as to admit of the contents being easily withdrawn
for examination ; 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 authorized to cut the string in such cases,
but required to retie the packet.
Dimensions.
3. The limit of size for a packet addressed to
any place abroad is 24 inches in length and 12
inches in width or depth. For limit of weight see
foot note to Tables of Colonial and Foreign Postage.
Pates of Postage.
4. The rates of Postage, which must be prepaid
on packets to places abroad, are given it the Table of
Colonial and Foreign Postage.
The following information respecting books and
photographs for the United States has been received
from the Post Office at Washington: — "The only
books absolutely free from Customs duty, under the
United States laws, are those which have been printed
more than twenty years ; and pamphlets, periodicals,
and other like publications, for the personal use of
the individual to whom they are addressed. Never-
theless any book valued at not more than one dollar
is also considered as exempt from Customs duty ; and

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