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OPENING OF THE SHREWSBURY & HEREFORD RAILWAY FROM SHREWSBURY TO LUDLOW. This important line of railway was opened last week wish great rejoicings. A train started in the morning from Shrews- bijiy, amidst the ringing of bel!s and other demonstrations of the satisfaction of the inhabitants the various stations on the line were decorated with flsgs; and the whole country seemed alive with r-joicinga at the happy event. The lu^phkving been formally opened, and the train arrived at Ludlipw, the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and officials of the cwfcwwy, upon their ahghting,weie received at the station by the Mayors of, Ludlow and Hereford, and the distinguished pa*K;#ssen>bIed( and several rounds of hearly cheering were a id Quick succession, In a short time a procession was Sotted, headtfrhJqr the Ludlow band, a ban! which had Balaampaniiftr U^j^ifl.from Shrewsbury, flags with the inscrip- Success" to tf^SK*ysâSJirawsbury, Ludlow, Hereford," Bras?ty will bs -S^ tluiijiujQd years bence;" officers of the Corporations of'Ludlow and Hereford. bea:ing maces and other emblems of civic grandeur; the Mayors of LuJiow and Hereford, and Aldermen of Ludlow, wearing their r.Jbei of office; other members of t.he Luilow Town Council the Chairman and Yice-chairman or ihe Company Earl Powis and other Directors, with the ) )ng train formed by the vast assemblage. Ic this order the procession moved out of thef station-yard, and proceeded up Corvy street, through the Bull ring, the Narrows, and Cistle-sueet to the New Buildings, amid the most enthusiastic demonstrations of rejoicing. Having arrived at the New Buildings, between three and lour hundred of the elite of the company ascended to tiiecom- modious Assembly-room to partake of MR. BTLASSEY S CHAMPAGNE LUNCHEON. The liberal and spirited contractor had commissioned Miss Barnetf, the respected hostess of the Angel Hotti, to prepare a surrptuous luncheon, and she had well executed her task. The tables-which were laid for 340âweie ornamented with a variety of elegant and toftytiomr and other vases, richly gilded, from the establishment of Mr. Hambler, confectioner, of Worcester, whose French cook had for some days been actively engaged in superintending the preparation of the Inncheon. The wines were excellent, particularly the cham- pagne, of which there was an abundant supply. The following is the "bill of fare "-Six raisfd pies; 14 tongues 13 hams; 6 pieces of roast beef; 8 ditto of braized ditto; 6 rolards of veal, gelatine 12 pigeon pies 1 large boar's head, gelatine 1 large round of beef; I peacock, larded, with plumage 6 loaet turkeys 32 couples of fowls; 4 ditto Guinea fowls, larded 6 fore quarters of 1amb; 4 hind quarteis ditto; 1 roa«t neck of pork; 2 fillets of veal; 4 crabs; IS dishes of lobsters 12 dishes of prawns 8 dishes of potted lamperns 13 moulds of clear jelly 16 moulds of punch jelly 12 ditto of blanch mange 8 ditto of Charlotte a la Ilousse 12 stands of ornamental pastry 18 fruit tarts; 12 dishes of fanchonettes; 12 open tourts; 12 ornamental sponge cakes; 12 dishes of grapes 18 ditto of oranges 18 ditto mixed fruit (12 dozen of mixed cakes; 8 aspics fillets of soles; 8 lobster salads; 8 Italim salads; h,ot washed potatoes. The" boar's head," which formed a conspicuous object on the centre table. had affixed to it a neatly executed label, on which was writtenâ"Shrewsbury and Hereford Railway, opened to Ludlow April 20th, 1852." The tout ensemble which was produced was exceedingly pleasing. The chair was taken by W. Ormsby Gore, Esq, M.P., supported 00 his right and left by the Right Hon Earl Powis, the Hon R. H. CI ire, M.P., Sir Richard Jenkins, G.C.B., Robert Clive, Eiq, Colonel Salwey, M.P., ccc, &.c.; and several ladies graced the occasion with their presence. The loyal toas's having been dispojed of with enthusiasm, The ChairrDaD rose and said: I beg tJ propose a tOHt which even common gratitude will induco you to drink in a bumper. It is the health of an individual to whum we are indebted for more beauties than one. (Hear, hear.) We have the honour this day of being that gentleman's gues's. (Prolonged applause.) Ladies and gentlemen (continued the worthy Chairman, with marked emphasis), it glads my heart to hear the manner in which Salopians answer to the call of gratitude. (Renewed applause.) It is not gratildde for the mere evanescent hospitality that we receive this day (hear): it is gratitudeN for the great advantages we have received from one of the most popular men in England. (Applause.) That man I am proud to call my friend and I have no hesita- tion in asserting that, if it had not been for him, we should be now straggling to get a railroad from the north to the south, through this county and Herefordshire. (Hear, hear.) It is now all plain sailing we go, not merely to the south of Shropshire, but down even to the most southern parts of the kingdom, where we fall into communication with the great traffio of the whole continent of Europe. (Hear, hear.) It is useless for me to enlarge upon the merits of the individual whose health I have now to propose to you you all know him he is himself as well known as-I may say, by way of tllustratlon,-the statue at Charing Cross. (Hear, hear, and laughter.) He is thoroughly known throughout the whole of England. His character is publio and that character 1 wish that all my friends would emulate (applause) it is of the very first description, and would only suffer, if I were to endeavour to enlarge upon itâthe brightness of it would be tarnished by the inadequacy of any words that I could use. Under these circumstances, I beg leave to give yon "the health of Mr Brassey,âmay he long live, and may we always be found worthy of such an officer!" (The toast was drunk upstanding, with prolonged and enthusiastic applause.) Mr Brassey upon rising was greeted with renewed applause. As soon as silence was restored, he said It is utterly impos- sible for me to give utterance to the feelings that now prevail within my breast, teeing that I have been so undeservedly complimented by the targe and respectable assemblage that I see before me, for having performed my humble part in the completion of the railway as far as Ludlow, which we are thi| day met to celebrate. (Applause.) I feel that instead of meritâif merit it beâbeiog due to the contractor, it is flat 0 all due to the shareholders. I feel with them-for I have a very deep stake in the uodertakiog-à hear. hear)âwith regard to the progress of this line and I believe that we shall yet see brighter days than have ever dawned upon the Shrewsbury and Hereford Railway. (Applause.) It is mainly this belief that -as a man of business-has filled me with courage to go on thus far; and that courage I feel certain will not fail me before we have completed the line to Hereford. (Applause ) The shareholders in this company (to whom I have not the honour of being personally known,) are very much indebted to their Directors, with whom I have the honour of being acquainted, and by whose help I have been inspired with confidence, and encouraged to go on thus far. With the continuance of that help and encouragement, I believe that we shall find our way to Hereford before long. (Applause.) If you will permit me, before I lit down, I will propose the health of our worthy and excellent Chairman, and the Directors of the Shrewsbury and Hereford Railway (renewed applause); and I must take the liberty of proposing this toast with three times three," which I am sure will be most heanily responded to. (Drunk with prolonged and deafening applause.) Other toasts and interesting speeches concluded the proceedings. The dinner was succeeded by a ball: and at various other places on the line, the event wa3 marked by fes-tivities of a similar nature to those recorded above. Mr Brassey, it isstated, will work the line for the first twelve months guaranteeing to the shareholders a dividend at the rate of 3j per cent.

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