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they will be paid at such rates as may be fixed by the Civil Service Commissioners, RegulaTIONS. with the approval of the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury. Boy copyists will not be retained, as such, after they shall have reached the age of 19.

Temporary 12. If a public holiday, on which the office is closed, fall within the period of a Copyists. copyist's engagement, he may be paid in respect of it as for a working day. Copyists may, with the consent of the Department in which they are serving, or, if not at the time serving, with the consent of the Civil Service Commissioners, be allowed holidays, with pay, at the rate for the official day, in the proportion of one day for every 24 full days of actual and approved service previously rendered by them as registered copyists. No copyist shall he allowed to take more than 12 days' leave under these conditions, between the 1st day of January and the 31st day of December, both days inclusive, in any one year. In calculating the leave to be allowed in any given year, no service shall be counted before the 1st day of January of the preceding year.

13. Copyists who may fall ill while serving in any Department, and whose illness may be attested by medical certificate to the satisfaction of the authorities of such Department, may be allowed sick-leave, receiving three-fourths of the rate of pay for the official day; provided such copyists have been borne on the register one year or upwards, and provided that no copyist shall be paid for holidays and sick-leave, taken together, for more than 28 days within any one year, exclusive of publio holidays.

14. Except in conformity with regulations 11 and 12, copyists will only receive pay for the hours, or parts of hours, during which they actually attend.

15. No person who has been trained, either wholly or partially, at the public expense, for the occupation of a teacher in schools iu connexion with the Committee of Council for Education, or the Board of National Education, Ireland, is eligible for employment as a copyist, until the consent of those Departments, given in conformity with rules sanctioned by the Lords of the Treasury, has been notified to the Civil Service Commissioners. Persons employed in any branch of the public service, whether civil, naval, or military, will not be eligible, unless they shall have produced to the Civil Service Commissioners at or before the time of examination the written consent of the authorities under whom they may be serving.

16. Copyists are not intended to travel during an engagement, nor will they, as a rule, be required to accept engagements at a distance from their residence ; but any copyist who may be ordered to travel will be allowed such reasonable and customary expenses as the Lords of the Treasury may in each case approve.

Regulations respecting the APPOINTMENT of Student DRAGOMANS. REGULATIONS. The Earl of Derby has decided, with a view to the reorganization of the Consular Service in Turkey, Persia, and Egypt, to institute a corps of student dragomans, to

Student be selected by open competition, and instructed in Oriental languages at the public Dragomans. expense.

It is intended that the dragoman and consular services in those countries should eventually be amalgamated, and that admission to them should be obtained by passing through the grade of student dragoman.

The following are the regulations under which candidates will be appointed :

1. The office of student dragoman has been instituted to supply Her Majesty's missions and consulates in Turkey, Persia, and Egypt with persons versed in the languages of those countries, and competent to discharge the duties of interpreters and consular officers.

2. Student dragomans are selected by open competition, after examination by the Civil Service Commissioners, who will give public notice beforehand of the subjects of such examination, and of the time when it will be held.

3. The student dragomans, as soon as possible after their appointment, will proceed to Constantinople, where they will be under the orders of ller Majesty's Ambassador, and of a member of the Embassy specially appointed to superintend them. They will be provided, at the public expense, with lodgings in the neighbourhood of Constantinople, and also with instruction in languages.

4. The salary of the student dragomans is fixed at the rate of 2001, a year, commencing ten days previously to the date of their departure from England. A passage to Constantinople is provided for them at the public expense.

5. Student dragomans will be required, before leaving England, to execute a bend for the payment of 5001. to Her Majesty's Government in the event of their leaving the service of their own free will, or being discharged from it for misconduct or incompetence within five years.

6. The student dragomans are to devote themselves, in the first place, to the study of the Turkish, Persian, and Slav languages, and of Mussulman law; and in the next place they are to qualify themselves for the public service. They will, when qualified,

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REGULATIONS. be eligible for employment as dragomans, and in the consular service in the East, as

vacancies occur; but they must clearly understand that their retention and advanceStudent ment in the service will depend entirely on the ability which they may show after Dragomans. their arrival in Turkey, and on their general steadiness and good conduct.

7. Candidates must be natural-born subjects of Her Majesty, must not be under 18 or over 24 years of age at the date of examination, and must be unmarried. They will be required to satisfy the Civil Service Commissioners that they are physically qualified for service in Eastern countries.

8. The examination will be in the following subjects, viz. :

Obligatory.--Handwriting, orthography, and reading aloud ; arithmetic, including
vulgar and decimal fractions; English composition; French ; Latin.
Optional.- Ancient Greek, Italian, German.

July 31, 1877.
REGULATIONS. REGULATIONS respecting an OPEN COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION for SITUATIOxs as

ASSISTANT in the SECRETARY'S OFFICE, GENERAL Post OFFICE, LONDON.
Assistant, Post

N.B.— These Regulations are liable to alteration for future Examinations. Office.

1. An open competitive examination for situations as assistant in the Secretary's
Office, General Post Office, London, will be held in London on the 6th of February
1877. The situations to be filled by means of this competition will be those, not
exceeding six, which it may be necessary to fill during the six months next after the
announcement of the result of the examination. They will be offered to the qualified
candidates in the order of their position on the list.

2. The limits of age for these situations are 18 and 20, and candidates must be of
the prescribed age on the day of examination.
3. The examination will be in the following subjects, viz. :-

1. Exercises designed to test Handwriting.
2. Writing from Dictation.
3. Arithmetic (elementary).

Candidates failing in any of these subjects will not be eligible.
4. A fee of 108. will be required from every, candidate attending the exami-
nation.
Civil Service Commission,

8th January 1877.

EXTRACT FROM THE REGULATIONS RESPECTING THE ENTRY OF ENGINEER REGULATIONS.

STUDENTS IN HER MAJESTY's SERVICE. Engineer

My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are pleased to direct that the followstudents. ing regulations for the entry of engineer students in Her Majesty's dockyards shall

be substituted for those now in force.

2. Vacancies for appointments as engineer students in the dockyards are open to public competition. The dockyard at which engineer students are entered each year will be fixed by their Lordships.

3. The list of candidates for these appointments will be kept at the Admiralty iu London. All applications for the forms to be filled up by persons who wish to compete must be addressed to the Secretary of the Admiralty before the 1st of March in each year. Such applications should state the place at which the candidate desires to be examined.

4. Candidates must not be less than 14 nor more than 16 years of age on the first day of the examination. Proof of age will be required by the production of a certificate of birth, or by declaration before a magistrate. Evidence of respectability and good character must also be produced. All candidates must be children of British subjects.

5. Candidates are to understand clearly that they will be first required to satisfy the Admiralty as regards their age, respectability, good character, and physical fitness, before they can be considered eligible for entry into the dockyard, and if these conditions are satisfactory, they will then be examined by the Civil Service Commissioners in educational subjects.

6. Candidates in or near London will be medically examined by the Medical Director-General of the Navy at the Admiralty. Those residing near one of Her Majesty's dockyards, or one of the first reserve ships, will be examined by the medical officers attached thereto. Special arrangements will be made, if necessary, on application, with reference to candidates from more distant localities. All candidates must produce certificates to the satisfaction of the examining medical officers that they have been re-vaccinated, or they will be re-vaccinated before they can be considered eligible for entry into the dockyard.

7. The examination will commence on the first Tuesday in May in each year, and will be held by the Civil Service Commissioners in London, Liverpool, Portsmouth,

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Devonport, Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, REGULATIONS. Dublin, Belfast, and Cork.

8. The following will be the subjects of examination, and the maximum number Engineer of marks for each subject :

students. * Arithmetic

300 English

*Writing from Dictation
*Composition
Grammar

150

350
French-
Translation into English

100
Grammar

50

150 Geography

100 Algebra (up to and including quadratic equations)

300 Geometry (the subjects of the first six books of Euclid's Elements) 300

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Candidates will also be tested as to their ability to read aloud with clearpess, distinctness, and accuracy, and without besitation. Stammering, or any imperfection of utterance, will be regarded as a disqualification.

9. Candidates who fail to pass in the first three subjects (those marked with an asterisk), or in reading aloud, will be disqualified, and their other papers will not be examined. The candidates who display a competent knowledge of all those subjects, and who obtain not less than 750 marks in the aggregate, will be classed in one general list in order of merit, according to the number of marks gained, and will be eligible for appointment as engineer students in one of the dockyards, according to the number of appointments which it may be decided to make that year.

10. The successful candidates will be entered as engineer students before the 1st July in each year, and must join with their parents or guardians in a bond for 3001. to enter, if required, into Her Majesty's Naval Service as assistant engineers, is at the expiration of their training they should obtain certificates of good conduct and efficiency for entry in that capacity.

11. The parents or guardians of all engineer students entered in future will be required to pay the sum of 25l. a year for each student during the first three years of his training

12. The first payment of 25l. is to be made before the student is entered in the yard, and the second and third payments of 25l. each are to be made on or before the 30th day of June in each of the two succeeding years. The payments are to be made to the cashier of the yard to which the student is appointed. In case of failure of payment the student will be discharged.

13. Board and lodging will be provided for engineer students, and they will be required to reside in one of the dockyards.

14. The weekly pay of engineer students during their training will be as follows, provided they are well reported on by the officers :

One shilling
Second

Two shillings
Third

Three
Fourth

Five

a week.
Fifth

Eight
Sixth

Ten
15. Engineer students will be under the supervision of the Captain of the Steam
Reserve and a staff of competent officers, and subject to such rules and regulations
as their Lordships may deem necessary

16. Special regulations will be made for engineer students in the dockyards, so as to make a distinction between them and the workmen.

17. Engineer students will remain for six years at one of the dockyards for practical training in the workshops, and to receive instruction in iron shipbuilding. While the engineer students are being instructed in iron shipbuilding they are to be under the direction of the chief constructor. They will attend the dockyard schools for such periods, and to pursue such studies as may from time to time be determined on; they will also pass a portion of their time in the drawing office. Means will be afforded them of acquiring the groundwork of the knowledge required by a naval engineer respecting the working of marine engines and boilers, including those repairs which can be carried out aflvat, the practical use of the various instruments

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Regulations, used in the engine-room, including the indicator, and of becoming generally

acquainted with the duties of a naval engineer. Engineer 18. Engineer students will be examined once a year under the direction of the students. President of the Royal Naval College. They will be examined by the engineer

officers of the Admiralty at the end of the fourth, fifth, and sixth years of their service as to their practical acquirements and knowledge of steam machinery. Two prizes will be given annually at each dockyard to the engineer students most highly reported on as regards their skill as workmen. Practical engineering will be considered an essential subject at examinations, and in the lists showing the results of examinations the numbers obtained in practical subjects will be shown distinct from those obtained in educational subjects. No engineer student will be granted a qualifying certificate for entry at the Royal Naval College unless he obtains at least 50 per cent. of the total number of marks for practical engineering on his final examination.

19. The examination of the sixth year students is to be held in time to allow the result to be known by the 1st July in each year, and it will include tests of their skill as workmen. Those found qualified will, on the completion of their term of service at the dockyards, proceed to the Royal Naval College at Greenwich as acting assistant engineers on probation on the 1st October succeeding the examination, where they will pass through a course of higher instruction during one term.

20. Those engineer students who fail to pass the examination at the end of their six years' service will be allowed to remain one year longer at the dockyards, and will then be re-examined, when, if they are unable to pass, they will cease to be eligible for the rank of naval engineer. The pay of a student during such year probation will be the same as during the sixth year.

21. Engineer students will not be entered as acting assistant engineers until they have been pronounced fit for Her Majesty's service by the medical officers, and have learned to swim.

22. Acting assistant engineers will be provided with quarters while at Greenwich. During their first term they will be paid 6s. a day and 1s. 6d. a day towards the mess expenses. Those selected for further study will receive their full pay and ls. 6d. a day towards the mess.

23. The term for study at Greenwich will be from the 1st October to the 30th June following. All will be examined under the direction of the President of the Royal Naval College on the completion of their term at Greenwich, and will receive certificates according to their merit, in three classes. Those who obtain first class certificates will receive commissions dated the same day as their acting appointments. Those who obtain second class certificates will receive commissions dated six months after the date of their acting appointments, and those who obtain third class certificates will receive commissions dated the day after their discharge from the Royal Naval College. The additional time given for first class certificates and second class certiticates will reckon in all respects as time served as assistant engineer.

24. Two assistant engineers will be selected annually from those who take the highest place at the examination on the completion of their term at Greenwich, to pass through a further course of scientific instruction if they desire it. These two will be allowed to remain two more terms at Greenwich, on the completion of which they will be sent to sea as assistant engineers, and after one year's service at sea they will be considered eligible to fill positions in the dockyards and at the Admiralty.

25. Those passing the second and third terms at Greenwich will be attached during the vacations between the 30th June and 1st October, to the dockyards or steam reserves, where they will attend trials of new and repaired engines, and obtain experience respecting the duties they will have to perform at sea.

26. No assistant engineer who has passed three terms at Greenwich will be allowed to leave Her Majesty's Service within seven years of the completion of his term at Greenwich, unless he shall pay the sum of 5001. to defray the charges of his education. Such resignation to be subject in each case to their Lordship's approval.

27. N.B.—The above regulations will be generally followed, but my Lords will modify them from time to time as they may consider desirable.

29. Engineer students whose time will be completed at the dockyards in January 1878 may, if they desire it, come up for examination in June 1877, and if found qualified" will join at Greenwich on the 1st October following; those not qualified will remain at the dockyards until June 1878. A similar course will be adopted as regards those students whose time will be completed in January 1879.

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8th June 1877.

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APPENDIX III.

LIMITS OF AGE AND SUBJECTS OF EXAMINATION.

[Corrected up to 30th June 1877.]

NOTE. Some situations for which separate schemes of examination are here set down will probably be filled hereafter by clerks of the "Lower Division." See clauses 1-4 of the Order in Council of 12th February 1876.

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