ich candidates are specially trained, and admission to which is by means of a competitive examination open to the public, and whereof due notice is given beforehand in the newspapers —namely, The Levant (Turkey, Egypt, Persia), and the China, Japan, and Siam services.
Those who are successful in these examinations are appointed student interpreters.
They must be unmarried and between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four.
These student interpreters must study Oriental languages either at Oxford or at a British legation or consulate in the country to which they are to be accredited.
They are called on to pass further examinations at intervals, and, if successful, they become eligible for employment, first as assistants and afterwards as interpreters, vice-consuls and consuls, as vacancies occur.
The salaries of British consular officers are fixed, under the act of Parliament of July 21, 1891 (54 and 55 Vict., cap. 36), by the secretary of state, with the approval of the treasur