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THE WORCESTER AND HEREFORD RAILWAY. WE observe, with much pleasure, the success which, so far, has attended the labours of the promoters of his important undertaking and-the very favourable prospect which they have before them. The renewed attempt to make use of the influence of the Berkeley Canal Company against the project-of which our readers are already awareâhas only shewn the inhe- rent weakness of the opposition. The notion of for- bidding railway communication lest it should injure a canal, is so antediluvianâno, we beg pardon of the venerable fathers of the world, whose wisdom is pro- bably very much underrated, and who, if they tra^l veiled but little, had most likely too much regard for] common sense to prohibit any of the more enter- prising among them from improving their means of transitâthe idea, we say, of dooming a district to perpetual contentment with the accommodation given by the canal is so utterly preposterous, that it would be a waste of words to say anything in reply to it. It is a monstrosity, which has only to be exhibited, in order to insure its annihilation. Yet if this absurd proposition was not formally placed before the Canal Company the reason seems to have been not its egre- gious folly but the knowledge that the Board of Trade would not deem so barbarous a theory as a suf. ficient ground for objecting to any bill. Whilst, how- ever, there is little prospect of the measure being re- jected, and whilst we rejoice that, in Gloucester itself, there are enlightened men, like Mr. Bowley, who scorn to act on the narrow and selfish policy recom- mended for their adoption, it is nevertheless, import- ant that vigilance and zeal should be manifested un- til the bill shall have become law. In such cases, the public at large, from want of close attention to the subject, are often slow to appreciate the results of a scheme. That these results will, in the in- stance before us, be highly beneficial, is beyond all doubt. We shall not only gain a direct communi- cation with that important centre, Birmingham, but it will be one without break of guage, a matter of much greater practical moment than many are dis- posed, at first sight, to consider it. The difference of guage has very materially impeded the communi- cation between the south-western districts and all the rest of England. The transference of passengers and their luggage, from one carriage to another, n ZD t, though sufficiently annoying, is the least inconve- nience resulting from such an interruption. The re- moval of merchandize, and, especially of heavy goods, and even still more, of minerals, necessarily involves not only much delay, but a very serious expense in fact, this item, as may easily be supplied, would amount to a prohibition upon trade with distant loca- lities which, otherwise might be caaried on at a profit. With respect to augmented imports, our corres- pondent last weekâthe Newport Tradesman" showed that the quantity of grain and timber brought into our harbour would certainly very much increase, on account of the greater facilities for transmission into the interior which would be gained by landing here, instead of going up the Bristol Channel be- sides the saving of time both on arrival and de- parture. As regards the increase of our mineral trade, the advantages will be still more extensive. The rate at which we can supply coals will ensuc^a very large consumption, both for steam purposes and domestic uses, to the benefit of consumers in extensive dis- tricts, as well as the producers here. Then our coke, the superiority of which is ac- knowledged, will also be conveyed to a distance suf- ficient to ensure an immense increase of sale as rail- way companies who cannot now procure its will have it made available to them, and will be glad to use it in very large quantities. We know quarters in this district where it can be produced, in fine quality, at a price which, in the language of chapmen, defies competition;" so, with our gas coal, which will be sold as far off as Birmingham, where a reduction in the price of gas is already anticipated from its use. But another beneficial result, looked for by prac- tical men, is a supply of ironstone from the newly- discovered field in Northamptonshire; which, it seems, will be valuable for mixing with our own, and can be profitably brought here by the lines un- der consideration. It may be right to say that, in C) Staffordshire the quality of new ironstone is but lightly spoken of; though, as to its quantity, there is no doubt. But it must be recollected that there are always some parties whose interest it is to prevent any fresh supply of a staple article, while the interest of the public is plainly of an opposite kind. The Cleveland ironstone, discovered a short time ago was pronounced in Scotland to be so inferior, that it could not compete with Scotch ironstone. This might be true to some extent; and yet it might be I valuable for particular purposes, and for mixing. At all events, it has a very large and increasing sale. It appears by the lecture of the well-informed Mr. Blackwell, that the ironstone of Northamptonshire belongs to the same formation. On all these grounds, then, we ask for the Wor- cester and Hereford line, as part of a chain of vast importance to us, the warm support of all in this lo- cality who desire to see its prosperity increase.

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