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DIABOLICAL OTJTKAGE AT MEKTHYIi. ATTEMPT TO WRECK A TRAIN. A diai>olioftl outrage which beare the imprtss of a deliberate attempt to wreck a railway train, occ-urrtd at Merthjr on Saturday night. The Brecon arid Mea-thyr passenger train due out from Merthvr to Brecon at 7.15 accomplished the journey to Cefn ill safety, but when the London and North WksUj-u goods train from Abergavenny to Merthyr travelled between these two stations a few minutes later it was discovered that some miscreants had meanwhile executed a plan calculated to produce a terrible disaster- Over the line which is jointly owned by the Brecon and Merthyr and the London and North Western Companies there is a girder bridge carrying a private ra.;«way belonging to Messrs. Crawshay Brothers, and when the goods train reached this bridge, which is situated between the Llwyncelin and Rhydy- cllr signal boxes, the engine WQI8 struck by something hanging over the centre of the 6ft., and the guard's van in the rear had the roof partially lifted off. The train wa. stopped, in order that the nature of the mishap might be investigated, when it was found that there were depending through holes in thoê flange of the bridge three round, iron rods, about 6ft. in length and lin, in diameter, the bars having nuts at the end which kept them from passing through the holes altogether. The rods were not all close to one another, otherwise they would have offered greater resistance. and more serious consequences might have ensued. One of them—that with w'hich the. engine collided— was placed in the middle oif the permanent way. as already indicated, while the others were placed a little distance off on either side. For- tunatelv, the engine, the driver of which was John Emery, the guard being John Richards, was provided with a covering, otherwise both Emery and the stoker would veiy likely have been severely hurt- It is painful to speculate what might have been the results if a passenger train goins- at a rapid speed had met with the obstruction, for certain it is that, had there been no loss of life, there would, nevertheless. have been a, ripk of considerable damage to the rolling stock. The rods were at once removed from their menacing position, and they are now in the custody of Mr. Lucas, the station- master at Cefn. by whom tHe matter was re- ported to the police. No trace has yet been gained of the dastards who plotted the mischief, but dikgent efforts aire bei-ng made to get hold of them. and iATr. Evans, the gene-al manager of the Cyfarthfa Works, has offered to furnish the police with every assistance to enable them to bring- the culprits to justice, so that they might answer for their malfeasance.

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