32 8. TELEGRAPH. Preliminary
300-500 fr. 1 fr. For most countries in the Postal Union: 25 c. for every
25 fr. or fraction of 25 fr., the maximum being 500 or 1000 fr.; for Great
Britain, 20c. per 10 fr., maximum 252 fr. (= 101.)
Parcels, though known as 'Colis Postaux', are not transmitted
by the French post-office, but by the railway and steamship com¬
panies, which are subsidized for the purpose, or (in Paris) by a pri¬
vate firm. These parcels must not contain gold, silver, jewelry, explo¬
sives or dangerous substances, or anything in the nature of a letter.
Within Paris (three deliveries daily, two on Sun. and holidays). Parcels
must not exceed 10 kilogrammes (22 lbs.) in weight. The charges are 25 c.
per parcel up to 5 kg., 40c. above that weight, or 65 and 70c. 'contre
remboursemenf (i.e. for goods sent for 'payment on delivery'). Parcels
should be handed in at one of the 400 depots (tobacconists' shops and branch
post-offices). The central depot is at Rue du Louvre 23.
Provincial and Colonial Parcels. Small parcels not exceeding 10 kg.
(22 lbs.) in weight may be forwarded within France and to the French
colonies at a charge of 60 c. for parcels up to 3 kg. (63/» lbs.), 80 c. up to
5 kg., and IV4 fr. for heavier parcels, delivered at a railway-station or
post-office; 25 c. extra delivered at a private address. They may be insured
for 500 fr. on payment of 10 c.
Foreign Parcels. There is also a parcel-post between France and some
of the other countries of the Postal Union, parcels up to 11 lbs. being con¬
veyed at a uniform rate: viz. to Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, 1 fr. 10c;
Spain , Italy, 1 fr. 35 c.; Great Britain, Austria, Netherlands, 1 fr. 60 c.
These parcels must be sealed.
Telegraph. Telegrams are received for transmission from 7 or
8 a.m. up to 9 p.m. at any post-office, and at later hours at the
following: lill 11 p.m., Avenue des Champs-Elyse'es 33 ; Gare du
Nord; the Luxembourg; Place de la Republique 10; Rue des
Halles 9; Rue Blomet 93; R. Singer 9; R. de la Bastille 2; R. Ballu 30;
Boul. St. Martin 41; R. Monge 104; Boul. de l'Hopital 26. Till
Midnight, Avenue de l'Ope'ra 2; Grand Hotel; Rue Boissy-d'Anglas 3;
Rue d'Amsterdam 19. All Night, at the Bourse (entrance at the back,
Rue Notre-Dame-des-Victoires) and Rue de Grenelle 103.
Telegrams within France and to Corsica, Monaco, Algeria, and Tunis
are charged at the rate of 5 c. per word (minimum charge 50 c), names
of streets, towns, departments, etc., being counted as one word each; to
Great Britain, 20 c. per word (minimum 5 words); to New York, 1 fr. 25,
Chicago 1 fr. 55 c. per word. Single words must not exceed 15 letters
(code-words 10); five figures count as one word. A receipt is given on
demand (10 c). — Western Union Telegraph Co., Rue Scribe 3.
The rates per word for other countries are as follows: for Luxem¬
bourg, Switzerland, and Belgium 12'/2 c.; Germany 15 c.; Netherlands 16 c.;
Austria-Hungary, Portugal, Italy, and Spain 20 c.; Denmark, 24>/2 c.;
Sweden, 28c; Roumania, Servia, etc., 28Vsc.; Norway 36 c; Russia in
Europe and Caucasus 40 c ; Asiatic Russia 1 fr. 90-3 fr. 25 c.; Turkey 53 c.;
Greece 5372-57 c.
Telegrams marked urgent (tiligrammes urgents), taking precedence of
ordinary telegrams, are charged thrice the ordinary rates.
Telegraph Money Orders (mandats telegraphiques) for not more
than 5000 fr. are issued between French offices, and for not more
than 500 fr. between France and a few foreign countries (maximum
for GTeat Britain 250 ft.), at the same rates as for post office orders
(see above), in addition to the cost of the telegram and a supple¬
mentary fee of 50 c.