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POST OFFICE KEGULATIONS.
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4. Registered articles must be prepaid as re-
gards both postage and registration fee; except
official letters for Government Offices in London,
Dublin, or Edinburgh, which may be registered
on prepayment, in stamps, of the registration fee
only.
5. Every article to be registered must be given to
an agent of the Post Office, and a receipt obtained
for it, and it should on no account be dropped into a
letter-box. If, contrary to this lule, an article marked
" Registered" be dropped into the leiter box it will,
If directed to any place in the United Kingdom, be
liable to a registration fee of M., instead of the ordi-
nary fee of 2 c?.
6. At all Post Offices the latest time for posting
registered articles on payment of the ordinary fee is
shown on the notice exhibited in the Post OiSce
â– window. Usually this time is fixed at half an horn-
before the closing of the Letter Box; but at the
Head Office articles bearing a late fee of fourpence,
in addition to the ordinary registration fee, may be
registered until the letter-box is closed, except for
the English Limited Mail, for which they must be
posted before 6 p.m., or on payment of a late fee of
4d. until 5.15 p.m. For the special mail they must
be posted before 6 p.m., and on payment of a late fee
up to 6.15 p.m.
7. When several letters are sent by the same
person for registration they should be accompanied
with a list (in duplicate) of the addresses ; one list
to be retained at the Post Office, and the other, when
signed, to be returned by the bearer. This practice
(which is adopted by many bankers) saves time both
to the public and the Department.
8. The registration of articles makes their
transmission much more secure, inasmuch as they
can be traced through their whole course; thus the
loss of a registered article is a rare occurrence. Never-
theless, large sums of money or other articles of great
value should not be sent through the post, even if
registered ; as the machinery of the Department is not
arranged with a view to such transmissions. If sent
unregistered valuable articles are exposed to risk, and
oflfer a temptation which ought not to be afforded.
Inland letters or packets which contain coin,
watches, or jewellery, if posted without registration,
are treated as registered, and charged on delivery
with a registration fee of eightpence in addition
to the ordinary postage; and any such letters or
packets which cannot be registered in time to be for-
warded by the JIail for which they are posted, are
detained for the next despatch.
9. By law the Postmaster General is not re-
sponsible for the safe delivery of registered articles,
but henceforth he will be prepared to make good the
contents of a registered article lost while passing
through the Post to the extent of £2 in certain cases,
provided that the sender duly observed all the con-
ditions of registration required; that the article
was securely enclosed in a reasonably strong cover ;
and, if it contained money, that it was enclosed
in one of the registered letter envelopes sold by the
Post Office for the purpose; that application was
made to the secretary of the Post Office immediately
the loss was discovered. (When the complaint is
that the contents of a letter or packet have been
.abstracted, the envelope must accompany the appli-
cation, otherwise the question will not be entertained).
That the. Postmaster General, whose decision shall be
final, is satisfied that the loss occurred while the
article was in the custody of the British Post Office,
and was not caused by any fault on the part of the
sender. [The word "loss" here does not include ;
damage to an article which in fact reaches its desti-
nation, or destruction by fire or shipwreck, or by
the dishonesty or negligence of any person not in
the employment of the Post Office.]
[A'. B. — The several postal administrations of the
countries belonging to the Postal Union undertake to
pay an indemnity of fifty francs in the event of it.s
being proved to their satisfaction that a registered
letter itself has been lost whilst in their custody, but
no question of compensation is entertained hj them
for, or in respect of, the loss of the enclosure of any
such letter.]
10. No town postman is allowed to take a letter
to be registered; but rural postmen will take letter.s
for registration on their outward and inward wallcs,
whenever it is practicable for them to do so.
Re-direction.
1. Every inland re-directed letter, post-card, or
other postal packet, is liable to an additional postage
(at the prepaid rate) for each re-direction, unless both
the original and the second address be within the
delivery of the same Post Office, or Sub-Office, or
rural walk, and the re-dii'ectiou be made by an Officer
of the Post Office.
Exception — No charge for re-direction is made
on Government letters. (See also par. 6.)
2. An inland registered letter, when re-directed to
any place within the United Kingdom, is only liable
to the same additional charge as an ordinary letter.
3. If an inland registered letter, when re-directed,
instead of being taken back to the Post Office to be dealt
with as a registered letter, is dropped into the letter
box as an ordinary letter (the word " registered" not
having been erased, or having been erased in pencil
only), it becomes liable to the same treatment as any
other letter which is marked "registered" and found
in the letter box, and must be surcharged with a
registration fee of eightpence, minus the value of any
stamps already affixed for the registration.
4. Notices of removal, and applications for letters
to be re-directed must, in all cases, be duly signed
by the persons to whom the letters are addressed,
and in provincial towns they must be sent to the
local Postmaster. Printed forms of notice can be
obtained at the Head Office on application. _ A sepa-
rate notice should be filled up if it is desired that
parcels may be re-directed. '
5. A Postmaster is not bound to re-direct letters
for a person temporarily leaving his home, and not
having a private bag or box, unless the house be
left uninhabited.
6. Letters addressed to non-commissioned officers,
schoolmasters in the army, schoolmistresses in the
army, private soldiers, and seamen in the navy, re-
directed from one part of the United Kingdom to
another, or from the United Kingdom to a place abroad
(when the removal is on service), provided the original
postage is prepaid and the letters do not exceed half
an ounce in weight, will be delivered to them without
any charge for re-direction.
Delivery.
1. Postmen are prohibited from distributing any
letters, newspapers, &c., except such as have passed
through a Post Office.

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