No. 13.] Prohibition o'f Non-postal Cunotunications [1915.
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1st October, 1915.
No. 13 of 1915.
AN ORDINANCE to prohibit non-postal communications
from leaving this Colony.
[ 1st October, 1915. ]
B E it enacted by the Governor, with the advice and consent
of the Legislative Council of Saint Lucia. as follows:-
Definition of letter.
Letter must not be
through Post Office,
Owner, &c., of ship
not to convey, &c.,
letter, except in
Customs Officer and
may demand and
search for letter
intended to be con-
veyed, &c., out of
the Colony in pos-
session of master,
&c., of ship.
.No. 13.] Prohibition of Non-postal Communications [1915.
1. This Ordinance may be cited as the Prohibition of Non-
postal Communications Ordinance, 1915.
2. Letter," for the purposes of this Ordinance, shall mean
any written, typewritten, or printed communication, in any
mode of representing or reproducing words in a visible form
and intended to convey information from one person to another.
3. No person shall, without lawful authority, transmit out-
side this Colony, otherwise than through the Post Office, or
convey from this Colony, or receive, or have in his possession
for such transmission or conveyance any letter for any other
person or place outside the Colony.
4. No owner, master or commander of any ship, and no
seaman, passenger or any one engaged upon or belonging to
any ship leaving this Colony shall receive for the purpose of
conveying, or convey, any letter, except in the following cases:-
(a) Letters concerning goods or merchandize to be delivered
with the goods which those letters concern;
(b) Letters of merchants, owners of vessels of merchandize,
or the cargo or loading therein, sent by those vessels of
merchandize, and to be delivered to the respective
persons to whom they are directed;
(c) Mail bags tendered by an officer of the Post Office for
(d) Official letters transmitted by the Governor or the
Administrator, or the Colonial Secretary.
5. (1) Any person embarking for any place outside this
Colony, the master or commander of any ship, any seaman,
passenger, or any one engaged upon or belonging to any ship,
in any port, bay or creek of this Colony, shall, on being required
to do so by the Harbour Master, any Customs Officer, or Police
Constable, make a declaration as to whether or not he is carry-
ing or conveying any letter intended to be transmitted by post
or otherwise delivered to any person outside of this Colony, and,
if required, shall produce to the person making the requisition
any such letter; and the Harbour Master, Customs Officer or
Police Constable may search any such person and any such ship,
or baggage, with a view to ascertaining whether such person is
carrying or conveying any such letter.
No. 13.] Proaibi~ti of Non-postal Communications
(2) The Harbour Master. any Customs Officer, or
Constable may detain any letters so produced to them or
on such search, and shall transmit them immediately
officer appointed to censor postal correspondence.
6. Any person who-
(a) knowingly makes any false declaration under this
(b) on being required to produce any such letter as afore-
said, refuses or neglects to do so; or
(c) acts in contravention of the provisions of sections three
and four of this Ordinance, shall be liable-
(i) on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term of
twelve months, and
(ii) on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term
of three years.
Harbour Master, &c.,
may examine letters
produced and traLn.
mit to censor.
7. This Ordinance shall remain in force only during the Duration of
continuance of the present war. Ordinance.
Passed the Legislative Council this 28th day of September, 1915.
B. P. E. BULSTRODE,
Clerk of Councils.
PRINTED BY THE GOVERNMENT PRINTER, AT THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE,
CASTRIES, ST. LUCIA.