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LOOSE BANKNOTES.

Large sums of money are frequently posted in the most careless fashion. One morning the missing-letter clerk .took to the Postmaster-General a packet containing whole banknotes to the amount of £1500, so carelessly made up that they had slipped out. - The packet was addressed -to a country house, but no post town was named.. After much delay it had found its way into the Post Office at Ross, and had heen sent to London by the postmistress. Eventually it reached the addressee in safety. . A £5 Bank of England note without any cover 'whatever was posted at Leeds a number of years ago folded in two with a postage stamp affixed^ On being noticed it was enclosed in a registered envelope, and duly forwarded to its destination. Attached to the seal of another letter was a sovereign,' vvhich its owner -had forgotten to remove. In a brown paper parcel, merely tied with a string, was found over -£8 wrapped in a piece of woollen stuff. Two gold watches' wei c discovered in an unregistered book packet addressed to New Zealand: The middle portions of. the leaves had been cut out so as to admit of. the watches', being concealed therein.:, : -

' i-Nofc long ago a gold \vatch and chain -were Jactuailv found.-.. in a mail box.

.v'v^i thoi.it' jxn.v ;sign -of wrapper. No clue. : ioytiiev ciwncr ■■\va.s ever obtained, but ilia-supposition- 'is'-that the person who .deposited the watch was either a pick--'.pocket, anxious to get rid of it, or else .ii man of convivial inclinations, .who may /possibly have suddenly remembered 'a letter his wife--had "entrusted to - hir.i. with the result that, looking anxiously-to see what time it was, he abso-it-nii-idedly dropped his watch instead, of -the missive into the box.

Sending money in unregistered enyeloyes < is a "penny wise and pound foolish" idea, and yet, many people do ...it'with-the view of evading the small •charge,for' registration.' If this is de- - tectcd the Pest Office authorities charge a do:ibl-> registration fee.;' Xrays can discern coins in any postal packet, but in the rush of mail work all ;■ cannot be .esami-ed. Another point is \ that _ money , enclosed'*in ordinary letters i:; not legally recoverable from the '0.P.0, Besides, it places temptation in tie way of postmen.

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LOOSE BANKNOTES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8795, 16 February 1914

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LOOSE BANKNOTES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8795, 16 February 1914

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