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4.  In all cases the parcel should be packed and sealed in the presence
of the Veterinary Assistant The cost of preparation, packing and postage
or railway freight should be charged to the contingencies of the Dispen-
sary. The Despatching Officer will be held personally responsible that the
subjoined instructions are carefully followed.

5.  Articles belonging to separate cases must on no account be packed
in the same box or parcel.

6.  If, in the opinion of the Veterinary Assistant, the results of a post
are such as to give reasonable grounds for suspecting poison
to have been used, he should immediately take steps to despatch portions
of the viscera, etc. to the Chemical Examiner.

7.  These rules apply equally, whether the articles are sent by post or
by rail.

8.  Special bottles for holding viscera and boxes for holding these
bottles are supplied by the Chemical Examiner. Serial numbers are etched
into the glass, both of the bottle and of the stopper. The boxes are also
marked with serial numbers.

9.  On receipt by the Chemical Examiner of a box from a Veterinary
Assistant, the viscera bottle will be at once taken out and replaced by an
empty bottle. The box will then be returned to the Veterinary Assistant
by passenger train.

10.  All bottles will be issued from the Chemical Examiner's office
containing a sufficient quantity of rectified spirit. Motor grease will be
placed on the stoppers to prevent their sticking. In case the bottles are
used and cleaned by the Veterinary Assistant, care should be taken to
treat the stoppers similarly with vaseline or any other suitable grease.

12. The top of the box which has a pent-roof shape, is not meant to
open. The box is furnished with a door at the side, through which the
bottles can be taken out and replaced. The box is lined with cushions
which press against the bottle firmly on all sides, so that no further packing
is necessary.

13. The door of the box is furnished with a lock, the key of which
will remain permanently in the possession of the Veterinary Assistant.
A duplicate key is kept in the Chemical Examiner's office. The key
should therefore not be sent with the letter advising despatch of the

A serial number is marked on each box and also on its key. This
number should be quoted in the number advising despatch of the parcel

NOTE.—(i) In the event of the key of a box being lost or stolen, the box should not be
brought into use until the lock and number have been changed. For this purpose it should be
returned, cloth-covered and sealed, to the Chemical Examiner.

(ii) The printed form of label should always be used when sending viscera boxes to the
Chemical Examiner.

(iii) After the label has been stuck on the door of the box, a line should be drawn in red
ink by hand round the label about half an inch from its edge. Should any one attempt to
remove the label by wetting it, the ink of this line will run, thus providing an additional
security, at all events in dry weather.