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POST OFFICE EEGULATIONS.
20. Persons not wishing to send to a Telegraph
Office may post a telegram in an envelope addressed
"Telegram, Immediate," in a wall or pillar box,
or at a Town Sub-OiBce or Sub-Post Office. Tele-
grams so posted are sent on by the next collection
to the Telegraph Office to which the letters included
in such collection are taken, and are thence trans-
mitted and delivered free of extra charge, provided
the proper amounts for transmission and for por-
terage (if any) have been prepaid. The time of
arrival at the Telegraph Office is regarded as the
time of receipt from the public. Telegrams may
also be posted not enclosed in envelopes, and when
so posted they will be treated in the same manner.
Telegrams posted insufficiently prepaid are forwarded,
and "the dettciency is charged to the addressee, but
unpaid telegrams are not forwarded.
21. Telegrams in plain language in any Euro-
pean tongue or in Latin are charged for according
to the number of words ; but all words not forming
part of any European language or of Latin are charged
for at the rate of five letters to a word.
22. No combination of words is counted as one,
with the exception of those which are ordinarily
written as one, or coupled by hyphens, as " mother-in-
law, " " non-delivery, " " almshouses," " forty-seven."
23. Certain exceptional names, such as O'Neil,
MacUonald, De la Eue, are charged for as single words.
So, too, are names with the prefix " St., " as St. Pan-
eras, but double names, like Smith-Payne, are counted
as two words.
24. The abbreviations of words, " can't," " won't,"
"don't," and "shan't," are counted as single words,
but there is a great risk of error.
25. Figures are counted at the rate of five figures
to a word. For example, "385G3" counts as one
word. Fractions are counted according to the number
of figures employed, one figure being added for the
mark of division — thus, "i" counts as one word,
"2|" as one, "109g-" as two. In groups of
figures denoting time, a stop is counted as a figure ,
thus, 12-35 counts as one word. In groups of
figures a stop or oblique stroke is always counted as
a figure. The symbols o/o, a/c, b/1, c/o, are each
counted as one word. Ordinal numbers are charged
in the same way as cardinal, with the addition of
one word for the affix st, nd, rd, or th.
26. Where a grotip of figures is followed or pre-
ceded by a letter, the letter is counted as a word :
thus 104a or al04 counts as two words.
27. Initial letters are each counted as one word ;
but exceptionally the initials of the London Postal
Districts are counted as one word for each group.
Thus : " S.W." is counted as one word.
28. All names of Head Oflices and Sub-Offices
(not in towns) iu the United Kingdom are counted
a3 one word each, and so also are the names of those
railway stations (not in towns) at which telegraph
business is transacted on behalf of the Post Office.
For example, " Newcastle -on- Tyne," "Malvern
"Wells," and "North Thoresby " are counted as one
word each. All names of Town Sub-Ofiiices and
Branch Offices, names of Foreign Places, and all
other names, are counted according to the number of
words of winch they are composed. For example,
" Hanging Ditch " and " Park Lane " are each counted
as two words.
29. When the sender desires words to be underlined,
or placed ia a parenthesis, or within inverted I
commas, two extra words are charged for. When
the sender of a telegram desires to have any in-
structions, such as "private," "confidential," " to
be opened at once," or the like, written on the out-
side of the envelope of the message, he must write
the necessary instructions immediately after the
address of the receiver. They will be charged for
as part of the message.
30. Any person may register an abbreviated or
arbitrary address on payment of a registration fee of
£1 Is. a year, dating from the day of registration.
The address must consist of not less than two words,
one of which is to be the town or place of delivery.
Telegrams intended to be delivered to the care of a per-
son who has registered an abbreviated address must
have " care of " or " c/o " written before the abbreviated
address, thus : " Smith, care of Hercules, London."
N.B. — The registration of abbreviated addresses
is not recommended. It would be much better if
in all cases full addresses were used.
31. The addresses of telegrams should be suffi-
ciently full to enable the Department to effect de-
livery without difficulty, and without reference to
directories. The number of the house and the name
of the street in which the addressee resides should
be given if possible. It should also be noted that
an address ordinarily used for letters is not neces-
sarily correct for telegrams, and the sender of a
telegram should be careful to give the name of the
Telegraph Office from which the telegram will be
delivered, unless such Office is a Branch or Town Sub-
Office in a town, when the name of the town will
generally be sufficient.
32. When telegrams are addressed to a Telegraph
Office to be called for, they are kept for two clear
days ; and if no application be made for them within
that time, they are sent to the Chief Office, London.
33. Telegrams for the re-direction of letters or par-
cels are accepted at the ordinary rate of charge. Such
telegrams must be signed by the persons to whom
the letters, &c., are addressed, otherwise no attention
can be paid to them.
34. Telegrams which are indecently or obscenely
worded, or which appear to contain libellous or
grossly offensive matter, will not be transmitted.
35. The Department is not liable for losses in-
curred through the incorrect transmission, delay, or
non-delivery of telegrams.
The Weather, and Forecasts of the Weather.
The latest information as to the weather in any
district of the United Kingdom, and forecasts of the
weather one day in advance in any district not
bordering on the Atlantic, can be obtained by tele-
graph from the Meteorological Office on payment of
a fee of Is. in addition to the cost of a telegram and
reply.
The Meteorological Office is open between the
hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on week days, and
6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Sundays, and its telegraphic
address is " Weather, London."
Signalling Stations.
Signalling stations have been established by the
Post Office, by Lloyd's, and by others, from time to
time, at various points round the coast of the United
Kingdom ; and telegrams to and from vessels passing
such stations may be signalled when the vessels are
passing.
The Post Office signal station is at Hurst Castle.

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