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Inland Bill Stamps of the respective values of
1(1., 2d., 3d., 6d., 9d., and Is., are for sale at the
Cbief Office, Branches. &c.
Dog, Gun, and private Brewers' Licenses are issued
at all Money Order Offices.
Licenses for Gamekeepers, Game, Carriage and
Civil Service Fee Stamps, Patent, Design, and Trade
Mark Stamps and Forms, can be obtained at the
Head Office.
Every rural messenger is authorized to sell penny
postage stamps and registered letter envelopes, or (if
he have no stamps in his possession) he must receive
the postage in money, and on his arrival at the
Pest Office affix stamps carefully to the letters.
Payment of postage cannot be made by means of
imperfect or defaced postage stamps, or of embossed
or impressed stamps cut out from the envelopes, cards,
wrappers, or telegraph message forms (even although
the stamps have not been before used or sent by post).
Applications for allowance on spoilt or unused post-
age stamps, embossed envelopes, pobt cards, or news-
paper wrappers, which have not passed through the
post, should be made to the Distributor of Stamps,
Inland Revenue. Such applications, however, can
only be entertained if the stamps or other articles have
been spoilt or become useless within the period of six
months preceding the date of application. In the case
of envelopes, cards, or wrappers, the applications must
be accompanied by these articles intact, as no allow-
ance can be granted on the embossed, or impressed
stamps if cut therefrom.
Postage Stamps purchased from the Public.
All postmasters in the United Kingdom at whose
offices money order business is transacted, are per-
mitted, though not compelled, to purchase postage
stamps from tli"; public (provided the stamps be not
soiled or otherwise damaged), at a charge of 2J per
cent.; the charge, however, never being less than
one halfpenny. Under this arrangement the pay-
ments are as follows : —
The full
price minus
For stamps not exceeding Is. 8d. in value, ^d.
Above Is. 8d., and not exceeding 3s. 4d., Id.
" 3s. 4d., " " 5s. - l^d.
» 5s., " » 6s. 8d., 2d.
" 6s. 8d., " " 8s. 4d., 2|d.
and so on.
■ To prevent the temptation to steal stamps attached
to letters, which might be afforded by facilities for
selling them, single stamps cannot be purchased.
They must in all cases be presented in strips of not
less than two.
In consequence of representations made to the
Post Office bj' various firms, that there is reason to
believe that their postage stamps were purloined by
persons in their employ, the Department has recom-
mended that the initials of firms, &c., be perforated
through the stamps by means of a machine devised
for the purpose, and Postmasters have been in-
structed not to purchase such stamps. The perfora-
tion of the stamps on post cards, newspaper wrap-
pers, and embossed envelopes with initials is also
not objected to.
Paper and cardboard taken by the public to the
Inland Revenue Office can be impressed with postage
stamps under conditions which may be ascertained on
application at that office.
Articles not allowed to be sent by Post.
1. No indecent or obscene print, painting, photo-
graph, engraving, book or curd, or any article having
theteoD, or on the cover thereof, any words, marks,
or designs of an indecent, obscene, or grossly offensive
character can be sent by post, nor can any explosive,
dangerous, noxious, or deleterious substance, nor
any filth, nor any sharp instrument not properly
protected, nor any living creature, nor anything likely
to injure the contents of the mails or any officer of
the Post Office. Liquids, glass, china, crockery,
eggs, fruit, fish, meat, butter, &o., may not be sent
except by Parcel Post.
2. No postal packet may contain another packet,
whether of the same or of a difierent description, ad-
dressed to a different person at a different address,
unless a separate postage is paid for each packet.
1. The Post Office is not liable, by law, for any
loss or inconvenience which may arise from the non-
delivery, mis-sending, or mis-delivery of any letter,
book, or other postal packet; but liability for actual
loss or damage is accepted on certain conditions in
the case of parcels and registered packets.
2. Postal packets v/hich are likely to suffer from
great pressure should be placed in strong covers.
3. No information can be given respecting letters
or any other postal packets except to the per-
sons to whom tbey are addressed ; and in no other
way is official information of a private character
allowed to be made public. A Postmaster may,
however, give an address if he has no reason to
believe that the person whose address it is would
disapprove of his doing so.
4. Provision having been made, by means of the
Post Office Guide and the Glasgow Local Guide,
to supply full and authentic information on all postal
matters, the public should abstain, as much as
possible, from applying for such information to the
officers of the department. For any error in a
reply to a verbal application the Department does not
hold itself responsible.
5. Postmasters are not allowed to return any
letter or other packet to the writer or sender, or to any
one else, or to delay forwarding it to its destination,
according to the address, even though a request to
such effect be written thereon.
6. Postmasters are not bound to give change,
nor are tbey authorized to demand change ; and
•when money is paid at a Post Office, whether as
change or otherwise, no question as to its right
amount, goodness, or weight can be entertained after
it has been removed from the counter.
7. Postmasters are not bound to weigh any letters
or other packets except parcels for the public, but they
mail do so if their duty be not thereby impeded.
8. If any postal packet be forwarded under cover
to any Postmaster, with a request that be will re-post
it at his office, the postal packet, on being re-posted,
will be endorsed with the words "posted at ,
under cover to the Postmaster of ■ ."
9. Every address should be legible and complete,
and the last word in it should be the name of the
Post Town, except when the Post Town is but little
known, or when there are two Post Towns of the
same name, or when the name of the town is iden-

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