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recommended, where there is an Express Deliveiy
Office within easy reach, to take his packet to that
Reply or Further Service. — On the delivery of an
Express Packet, the delivering messenger may take
a reply or perform a further Express Delivery Service.
The Express Fee must be prepaid either by the
sender of the first service or by the sender of the
reply or further service. The messenger is allowed
to wait for the reply ten minutes free of charge, but
after that time 2d. is charged for every \ hour or
part of 5 hour during which he is required to wait.
If the return or further service is to an address on
the messenger's homeward route, or within half-a-
mile of the office from which he started on the
original service, half only of the mileage rate is
charged, but if the packet exceeds 1 lb. in weight,
the full weight charge must be paid in addition to
the half mileage rate.
Hours of Business. — Head Post Office, 6 a.m. to
10 p.m. ; Branch Offices, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ; Sub-Offices,
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. No business transacted on Sun-
days, Good Friday, or Christmas Uay.
Express Delivery after Transmission hy Ordinary
Post. — Under this Service letters and parcels may
he forwarded by mail in the regular course of post
to any Express Delivery Office, and, on arrival, be
sent out for delivery by special messenger. The
Express Fee, in addition to the full ordinary post-
age, is at the rate of 3d. per mile from the office of
delivery; the fee is in no case less than 3d., and this
and the postage must be prepaid by means of post-
age stamps affixed to the letter or parcel. If a
special conveyance be used or if the distance exceeds
2 miles and a public conveyance is not available in
both directions, the actual cost must be paid in
addition to the express fee and postage. When
the distance exceeds 2 miles, at least one-half of the
amount payable in respect of Fee and Charge for
special conveyance must be prepaid, and the deDciency
(if any) will be demanded from the Addressee; if
this be not done, the letter cannot be delivered by
Special Messenger, but will be treated as an Ordinary
Mail Letter. Hours of Delivery- — Head Post Office,
4.30 a.m. to 12 midnight on week days. To callers,
6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., 4.45
p.m. to 9 p.m.
Single Inland Post Letters, not exceeding one
ounce in loeight, are now, under an agreement with
the Postmaster General, accepted by certain Railway
Companies to be sent by next available traiu or
steamsbip, either to be called for at the station of
address, or to be transferred there to the nearest
post office letter box for delivery by postman. In
the foniier case, the letter should be addressed to the
Parcel Office of the station to be called for ; and in
the latter, the words ''To be posted on arrival"
should be written below the name of the station.
Such letters must be taken to a passenger station and
tendered at the Parcel Booking Office, or, if that
office be closed, to the Passenger Booking Office.
The total cost of transmission of every letter is 3d.,
of which Id. is paid by means of an ordinary postage
stamp affixed to the cover, the remaining 2d. being
handed in cash to the railway servant. A letter
which contains, or appears to contain, a watch, coin,
or jewellery, or any article or thing which, if sent
by post, would require to be registered, or any article
prohibited from transmission by Inland Letter Post
cannot be sent as a railway letter. If the case re-
quires it, a railway letter will be parsed on from
Company to Company in succession to the station
of address, provided the latter is on the line of a
Company party to the arrangement.
Such letters may be handed in at any Express
Delivery Office for immediate conveyance to the Rail-
way Station, and, if desired, the letters, after trans-
mission by train, can, on reaching the Office of Delivery
in the ordinary course of post, be sent at once to desti-
nation by Special Messenger, or, if desired, they can be
delivered by Special Messenger direct from the Station.
In the latter case the sender must telegraph to the
Postmaster of the nearest Postal Telegraph Office for
the Station of Address requesting him to send a
Special Messenger to meet the train. The letter
must be marked " Express Delivery " and with a.
perpendicular line, and the posfnge and express fees
prepaid thereon in stamps by the sender.
The Express Service is in force between this country
and certain foreign countries. For particulars apply
at any Post Office.
At every Money Order Office the Postmaster is
required to keep for sale to the public a sufficient
stock of the different postage stamps generally in use ;
envelopes with embossed postage stamps for inland
and foreign transmission; registered letter envelopes:,
letter cards; newspaper wrappers with impressed half-
penny and penny postage stamps ; inland and foreign
post cards.
Postage Stamps,* which are also available for the
prepayment of telegrams, are of the respective values
* Adhesive Postage and Keveniie Stamps may be nsed
for the purpose of denoting the stamp duties chargeable
on the following documents, viz : —
Agreements, under hand only, liable to a duty of 6d.
Bills of Exchange (including cheques) for payment of
money on demand liable to the duty of Id.
Certified copies of, or extracts from, registers of births,
&c. (duty Id.)
Charter parties (duty 6d.)
Contract notes advising the sale or purchase of any
stock or marketable security of a less value than
£100 (duty Id.)
Delivery orders (duty Id.)
Lease, or tack, or agreement, for the letting, for any
definite term less than a year, of a dwelling-house,
or part of a dwelling-house, at a rent not exceeding
£10 a year (duty Id.) Of a furnished dwelling-house,
or apartments (duties 6d., Is., Is. 6d., 2s., and 2s. 6d.,
according to the rent).
Letters of renunciation (duty Id.)
Notarial acts (duty Is.)
Policies of insurance (not life or marine — duty Id.)
Protests of bills of exchange or of promissory notes
(duties Id., 2d., 3d., 6d., and 9d., in agreement with the
duty on the bill or note, and Is. when the biU or note
is stamped with Is. or upwards).
Proxies liable to the duty of Id.
Keceipts ("duty Id.)
Transfers of shares in cost book mines (duty 6d.)
Voting papers (duty Id.)
Warrants for goods (duty 3d.)
N.B. — Postage Stamps cannot be used for Inland or
Foreign Bills payable otherwise than on demand— for
Promissory notes, for Law or other fees, nor for any docu-
ments other than those above enumerated.

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