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(Intermediate Grade).

Saturday, June 24th, 1911.-Afternoon, 2.30 to 4.

The Theory Paper and the Time Test must each be commenced on a fresh sheet, on which must be typed at the head the candidate's examination number.

If the candidate loses time through a defective machine, or finishes the whole of the work before the expiration of the time allowed, the fact must be notified on the candidate's worked papers, and will be taken into account by the Examiner.

1. Typewriting Time Test.


2. What is the function of the typewriter ribbon or pad? Describe the procedure of inserting a ribbon or pad.

3. For what purposes are the following marks employed?—

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4. Indicate the correct line-end division of the following:




5. Type this passage :

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The compound formed with citral in the bisulphite method is CHCHOH.SO,Na, which on heating forms the soluble compound CH1(SO,Na),CHO. In the neutral sulphite process, the latter compound is formed and alkali is liberated according to the equation :

CHCHO+2Na,SO,+2H,O= C,H,,(NaSO,),CHO+2NaOH. (10)

6. Type and red rule this table: :



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7. What is a cross reference, and what is its use? Give an example. (6)

8. How would you proceed to (a) press-copy a letter, and (b) duplicate 200 copies of the same?

9. Compose a suitable reply to the following letter:

B. Shaw, Esq.,
Sutton, Surrey.




1st February, 1904.

Your letter of yesterday to hand. I find, on referring to my Ledger, that there is still an amount of £9 due on the last account. Shall I carry this forward, with 5 per cent. interest added, or would you prefer to settle the matter at once?

Awaiting the favour of your reply,

I remain,

Yours truly,




(to accompany Typewriting and Office Routine Paper).

(Intermediate Grade.)

Saturday, June 24th, 1911.-Afternoon, 2.30 to 2.40.

No candidate may have possession of this Paper for more than TEN minutes.

Full marks can be obtained by accurately copying 400 words at FORTY words a minute. Greater speed secures extra marks. A minimum of THIRTY words a minute is required.

The quality of the touch and the correct division of words into syllables at the line-ends will influence the awarding of marks.

Use double line-spacing and a left margin of five degrees.

The mine I first set my eyes on was a good one, but it happened to be situated in a very remote place, far away from any river port. The local people were firm believers in a superstition, called a "Feng-shui" (wind and water) legend, and insisted on the idea that digging a mine would be desecrating the abodes of their ancestral spirits, and that the operation would bring upon them the wrath of those spirits and other deitics. In consequence of this they strenuously objected to parting with their land for mining purposes. Some of them even called together local roughs and set them upon the Chinese and Japanese in my employ, and things grew rather dangerous. Worse still, the superstition referred to was not confined to the inhabitants of sequestered villages in mountain recesses, but it was shared even by gentry occupying high official positions. These latter, too, were therefore opposed generally to all ideas of mining operations. On one occasion it happened that, when a district magistrate, riding in a sedan chair guarded by numerous soldiers, visited the place where we had just opened our mine, the skies suddenly grew dark and a violent thunderstorm burst forth, rain coming down in torrents. As bad luck would have it, lightning struck the sedan chair, killing its two carriers outright. The magistrate was, fortunately, not seriously hurt, though left in an unconscious state for a while. This mishap occurring at such an ill-chosen moment, the magistrate, immediately after, issued a strict order which said, Setting at defiance the wind and water, you have aroused the anger of our ancestors. Besides, the heaven's dispensation does not yet allow China to open mines. I order the mine to be closed at once, not to be worked again. Those who disobey this order shall be visited with severe punishments." One may


imagine how angry was the magistrate. At all events, the unfortunate incident had the effect of sealing with one blow the fate of my undertaking, which I had nursed into being after a year of hard work in educating my clients and persuading them so far as to form a company. My regrets and disappointments were indescribable. Sleep and appetite left me for a time, I was so greatly vexed by the turn of affairs. In the event, however, it was all to my good. Bitter as it was to get wrecked at the start of an enterprise, an experience I went through for the first time in my life, it gave me an opportunity to cultivate the powers of patience and perseverance. And the extreme disappointment which so suddenly overtook me had a contrary effect of arousing in me the spirit to fight for my purposes with firmer determination than ever.

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(Intermediate Grade).

Wednesday, June 21st, 1911.- Morning, 11.30 to 12.

30 minutes allowed.

Work neatly.

Specially ruled paper is provided.

Write the words in italics in a larger hand than the rest.

Arabia. Gibbon.

When Mahomet erected his holy standard, Arabia was a province of the Persian empire; yet seven princes of the Homerites still reigned in the mountains; and the vicegerent of Chosroes was tempted to forget his distant country and his unfortunate master. The historians of the age of Justinian represent the state of the independent Arabs, who were divided by interest or affection in the long quarrel of the East: the tribe of Gassan was allowed to encamp on the Syrian territory; the princes of Hira were permitted to form a city about forty miles to the southward of the ruins of Babylon. Their service in the field was speedy and vigorous; but their friendship was venal, their faith inconstant, their enmity capricious it was an easier task to excite than to disarm these roving barbarians; and, in the familiar intercourse of war, they learned to see, and to despise, the splendid weakness both of Rome and of Persia. From Mecca to the Euphrates, the Arabian tribes were confounded by the Greeks and Latins under the general appellation of Saracens.

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