A Business Transaction In The East PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Christian Life, London   
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 13:54

THE following amusing description of business at the Post office in Constantinople is from the Cologne Gazette. It may be remembered that the different European States have each their own postal establishment in the Turkish capital. The German office there however performs the postal service not only for subjects of the Emperor William but for the Turks themselves as well. The Turk is well known to be a lover of ceremony and how little this feature contributes to the despatch of business may be gathered from the following account of an incident of frequent occurrence at the German Post office at Pera. In London or any city of Western Europe the transaction would be concluded in half a dozen words: “Two shillings worth of foreign stamps please.”  “Change for half a crown.” “ Thank you!”  In Stamboul this sample transaction assumes the following form: –

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