xviii I. PRELIMINARY INFORMATION. 5. Post Office.
"Wine, béer, and other liquors, which are extras, are dear, the
cheapest wine costing 10-15 pias. per bottle, and British and Ger-
man béer about 10 pias. The waiter's fee should be calculated at
about 5 per cent of the bill. — The larger hôtels hâve laundries,
which, however, are somewhat expensive. Clothing is generally
charged at the rate of 2i/2-3 fr. per dozen articles for men's gar-
ments, 4-5 fr. per dozen for women's garments, quite irrespective of
size. The Arab 'washermen' are good and much cheaper.
In other towns the hôtels are much inferior. The more remote
a place is from the ordinary track of European travellers, the poorer
the inns are according to European ideas; and houses bearing most
pretentious names are often nothing more than misérable inns.
(5). Post and Telegraph Offices.
The Egyptian Postal System (pp. 8, 33) is admirably organized,
not only in ail the principal towns but also in the smaller towns of
the Delta and Upper Egypt. The officiais are civil and attentive.
Theaddresses of letters destined for Egypt should always be written
very distinctly, particularly the initial letters. They had better be
directed to the hôtel at which the traveller intends to stay, or the
traveller may leave his local address at the Cairo Post Office and
hâve his letters forwarded thence. On leaving for Upper Egypt tra¬
vellers should notify the postal authorities at Cairo, so that letters
may be punctually forwarded; passengers by the Nile steamers may
hâve their correspondenoe looked after by the steamboat-company.
— Registered Letters not addressed to a hôtel are not delivered to the
addressee unless he has a passport or gets a résident or the consular
kavass (p. xix) to testify to his identity; those addressed to a hôtel
are delivered on présentation of the officiai notification of their arri¬
vai, bearing the stamp of the hôtel. — The Postage for letters within
Cairo is 3 millièmes ; within Egypt and to Great Britain 5 millièmes;
to other countries in the Postal Union 10 millièmes; domestic Post
Cards, 2 millièmes; foreign, 4 millièmes. — Parcels not exceeding
11 lbs. in weight may be sent to the countries of the Union for
9 piastres, and must be accompanied by two déclarations (one in
French, one in the language of the country of destination). An export
duty of 1 per cent ad valorem is charged. Parcels not exceeding
3 lbs. may be sent from England via P. & O. steamer for ls., from
3 lbs. to 7 lbs. 2s., from 7 lbs. to lllbs.3s.; via France and Italy the
rates are 2s., 3s., 4s. Within Egypt parcels under 2'/5 lbs. cost
30 millièmes, under 63/4lbs. 40millièmes, upto 11 lbs. 50millièmes.
— Post Office Orders are issued in Great Britain for payment in Egypt
at the following rates : for sums not exceeding 21., 6d.; 8l., Is.; 10/.
ls. Gd. *'
Telegraphs. There are two telegraph - Systems in Egypt the
Egyptian and the English. Messages within Egypt may be sent only
by the former, which has over 300 stations, of which at least 30 are