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(From the Times.) We continue to receive communications upon tte subject of railway accidents and the frightful cata- logue increases daily upon our hands. That we hive not taken the subject up prematurely, and that thsre is real occasion, not only for the loudest note of wa'n- ing which we can sound, but for the instant inter- ference of some competent authority, is unhappily now too evident. >¡ k .i'i' On a subject like this facts are the strongest argu- ments, and we therefore subjoin the following Cata- logue of the nine accidents to which we refer, vith their consequences and causes. 1. August 22. Newcastle and Carlisle Raihiay (near Stocksfield):-The connecting rod of the engine broke. The engineer was forced to jump off, and was killed; the train proceeding without a conductor. 2. Sept. 2. Grand Junction Railway (near Hart- ford).-A wheel of the engine came off owing to the tire not having been properly secured. The engine and train went off the rail. All the passengers were more or less injured, two of them very severely. 3. Sept. 2. London and Birmingham Railway (near Birmingham). The engine came into collision with some trucks left on the rail, and was thrown off, dragging the train after it. The concussion was tremendous, and many passengers were much hurt. 4. Sept. 7. Hull and Selby (Hull terminits).-Too much speed was given to the train on being detached from the engine. The guard could not stop it, because no breaks were attached to the carriages. It dashed violently against the terminus wall, the first carriage passing completely through. Two men had limbs broken, another was dreadfully mutilated, and many more were seriously hurt. 5. Sept. 8. Blackwall Railway (near Minories statioii),-Tlie TOpe broke for the second time within ten days, while the train was going at the rate of 30 miles an hour. Most of the carriages were thrown off the line; one passenger was killed, and TnfMiy others severely bruised. 6. Sept. 8. North Midland Railway (near Eeking- ton ).-Collision of the engine with a crane placed and left by workmen on the line. The engine and several carriages were thrown off the rail, and several passengers hurt. 7. Sept. 11. North Midland Railway (near Mas- borougb).-The workmen had neglected to turn the points of a temporary line of rails. A luggage train coming up with two engines, the first engine ran upon the temporary line, the other continued with the train in its right course. The engines and trucks were overturned in dreadful confusion; a stoker had his collar-bone broken and his arm nearly cut off, and an engineer was much hurt about the face. 8. Sept. 13 -Aro)-th Midland Railway (near Bull- bridge) The axletree of a carriage broke, through the extreme badness of the iron it was made of. Seven carriages were thrown off the rail, and all in them more or less injured. Ths guard and one passenger killed. Two other passengers not expected to recover. The broken limbs and severe contusions were almost innumerable. 9, Sept. 14.-E, astern Counties Railway (near Bow).-Two trains started upon the same rails within six minutes of each other. A dreadful collision followed. Four passengers were thrown out upon the line, and three of them taken up senseless. One had his head and cheek cut open, and his right leg and one of his ribs fractured, and now lies in a hopeless state. Another had a compound fracture of the leg, and a shoulder severely dislocated. Our readers will perceive that this is a list of ar- cidents, all of which, with but one exception, have happened within a space offourteen days. Providence, more watchful over us than our rashness deserves, has prevented the consequences from being so dread- ful as might in all reason have been anticipated; yet, upon the lowest calculation, there has been an actual or probable destruction of six lives: to say nothing of the amount of injury, mutilation, and suffering, which our concise and imperfect summary is alto- gether inadequate to represent. The merciful in- tervention of Providence, though it has abated the effects, does not in any degree abate the wickedness of that neglect, which has sacrificed these six lives. and placed so many more in jeopardy. Neither ought it in any degree to abate the apprehensions of the public mind as to the future, or the determination of thoughtful men to demand and obtain such safe- guards as the Legislature can give against the con- tinual recurrence of these evils.

(From the John Bull.)

(From the Weekly Chronicle.)