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RELATIVE POSTAL CHARGES.

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RELATIVE POSTAL CHARGES. The British Post Office has always been behind the times. Even before our abolition of penny postage several countries had a far lower scale of postage rates than the United Kingdom. The lowest scale of all obtains in Japan, wheie a letter may be sent from one end of ths Empire 'to another for two sen, or about one-fourth of a farthing. The Chinese Post Office (originally started by Silo Robert Hart—a student and, graduate of Belfast Uni- versity-as the Customs Postal Service, but now a. separate organisation) will carry a letter to any part of China for about fd., whether it is sent by rail or horse or foot 4 courier. From some figures published in pre- war days by the J ollrnal des Economistes it appears that the Danish postal charges were then the lightest in Europe, being only seven centimes for a. letter weighing 250 grammes. The Swiss postal charges were also consider- ably cheaper thhn ours, being at the rate of ten centimes for a letter weighing nearly nine ounces. The. Russian Post Office was the most extortionate in its charges, the minimum in- land rate being a fraction over eighteen cen- times for thirteen grammes.

.0. SEVEN WEEKS WITHOUT LIGHT.

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.' PITT'S LAST WORDS.

. FORTY-TWO STOREYS HIGH.

. MARRIAGEABLE AGES.

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