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BUYING A STAMP

΄ ROY FENTON on BUYING A STAMP you buy a@ stamp the counter of your village postal age ney or cash a money order from a relative in Britain you are, in effect, «shopping» in Gyprus's biggest «store». It is @ chain store with more than 600 branches and it is aperated by the Gov- aver ή ΗΝ ernnient, Once a year this «storex — the Generaé Past Office — publishes a report which takes us behind the scenes of this com- Λίσα organisation and shows us some of the faseitnating things that it does. Let us consider, for example, the which you bought. ft was one of 8000000 sold in 1949: they were worth £500,000. It is difft- cult to visualise such an enormous figure as S000,000 but you'll be able ta grasp tt more casily when we tell you that it represents sixteen” stanips apiece for every man, woman and child in Cyprus. More than £30,000 worth of stamps — one-tenth af the number sold — were bought by stamp collectors and stamp dealers. They were mostly of the spe- cial serivs put aut to commemerate the 75th anniversary of the foundation οὐ the Close on 7 VOOUO0 letters were posted or ίνα during 1949 and more than £,000 DOO of these came from Britain. Posteards, printed papers and parcels brought the total number af items hand- led by the post affier to nearly ΄ stamp C niwersal Postal Union. 10,000 000, three times ay many as ten years ago. More than S30 VOU miles in the island. Nearly S0000 articles in the Returned Letter of them were but 8,000 or what the deady --- πω tified. No than 175 letters uithout having any at all! Sivty thousand postal orders, £47000, were sold and 113,000, £104 000, Money orders issued in Britain for ment In Cyprus were valued ¢ £90 O0U. Pleven issued, TOUS year, Lherv are (3 main post offices in Cyprus N60 postal agencies... which us back to the beginning of this travelled the Were carriage of mails within with Most senders were dealt Office. returned to the 06 had to be regarded us post office calls «attterly there were not enough parti- to enable the venders ta be iden- posted them fewer Wee uddress on worth worth were cashed, pay- ower lieences 2.5900 on the radio were pre- thousand an increase of and takes story, it WHEN the Princess Royal! visited Cyprus in 1938 she gave £50 to inaugurate a fund for combatting irachoma, which was then widespread Contributions from municipalities and from the public were invited and con- siderable sum was collected, The drive to stamp out the disease was undertaken, at the request of the orga- nisers of the fund, by the Medical De- partment. “Vravelling occulists were sent to every village special uurses were trained: and thousands of patients were helped. So successful was the campaign that the number of new cases notified fell from 3,136 in 1938 to 1,228 in chase of a mobile health unit, which is now operating in the Paphos’ district. | In a letter to the Secretary of State tor the Colonies, His Excellency the Cros - ernor says that the movement which the Princess Royal the launched) «gave an προ tus to campaign against trachoma, which has greathy reduced the prevalence of the disease. «lt is hoped that the activities of the mobile health unit may be such as to justi- fy the provision of further units which would give the entire rural population oi the island a medical service well in keep- ing with present-day requirements.» In veply to this lerter, rhe Secretary oF state has written: 1943 and te 562 Last Praise from «Vhe Princess Royai year. . has asked that her Periodic reviews of the the Pri ncess grateful thanks for position since the end this information may of the war have satisfied the orga- be. conveyed to you. She is delighted το nisers of the fund — known as the Prin- think that so much useful work has been, cess Royal Charitable Fund — that the and_is being, achieved through her fund. Medical Department can now adequate- «Her Royal Highness was pleased to ty combat trachoma as part of its normal work. The up. Contributions ὃν fund, therefore. has been wound municipalities, total- ling £979, have been returned to the senders for expenditure on such cha- rities as they desire. preference being given to cases of trachoma, ‘The balance has been used for the pur- αεί workers gel thei wine accept photographs of the mobile health wir and considered that they gave an excellens idea ot the smartness and efficiency of the vehicle. which, she sincerely hoped. was the first of many. «f should Tike to add my own appre- clation of the success of the against trachoma.» A disease of the membranes of the eve. trachoma was formerly a common of blindness. campaign οπλο One hundred litres af Surdi- nian wine were recently distri- buted amang members of the Cyprus Anopheles Eradication Service —- the men aha conquered mataria. The wine was a prize from the Governor of Sardinia’ who had challenged Cyprus to a competition as ta which istand could eliminate the mosquite first. Picture shows some of the men saripling their «Vernacciay, 19 ERCULE Yoirot—and anybody who doesn't know his Α9ΦΙΙ. Christie can skip this paragraph— Hercule Poirot relies on h. alittle grey cells». Other amateur heroes of detective fiction wail | the sudden flash of intuition. But it's seldom like that in real life. The solving of a complicated crime ©. riost of the time, a matter of trained observation and of patient plodding. Tawenty-three members of the Cyprus Police Force. detectives & : pre ecuting officers, have been learning during the past few weeks just how vital these two things are. ‘They have been taking part at Police Headquarters in an eight WEEK 4 course of training, the most comprehensive of its kind ever held in Cyprir ‘The course was opened on March 6th by the Commissioner of Polo. λίαν J. EL. Ashmore. By the time it ends, on April 29th, the students «7 have atcended close on 200. sessions. / Most of the lectures are being given by Mr. FL B. Carter, Assistant Commussioner of Police, who is in charge of the Criminal Investigation Jepartment. AT. Carter, whe was formerly head of the C. 1D. Bristol, was a lecturer at the Police College and at the Midlands Detects« ‘VPraining School, Birmingham, and the range of subjects with which br is dealing is encvelopaedic. They include: Procedure in the Cours. Scientific Aids, Finger and Foot Prints, Fires and Explosions, Rubbery and Rece- ivers, Homicide and Wounding, Bank Accounts and Frauds, Blackmail and Forgery, Betting and Bigamy. Myr. Ashmore is lecturing on Firearins and on ‘Treason, on Identification Parades and Dying Declarations Assistant Comint ssioner E. B. Humfrey is dealing with Crime Reports and Criminal Movements. with Aliens and Police Publications while Superintendent G. Meikle is speaking 6? Dangerous Drugs. . Nor is this all: experts from outside are also giving talks .— the Government Pathologist, the Director of Medical and Health Services, the Assistant Director οἱ the Land Registration Department, te Attorney General,the Government Analyst. the Solicitor-General and the Superinterr dent of Prisons. - Mr. Carter told a Cyprus Rea reporter that his students were mos enthusiastic about the course. — A good deal less enthusiastic, we imagin’ are the criminal fraternity of Cyprus!