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The Murder on the High Seas.



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Corn Trade.

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A TRIP TO THE ISLE OF THANET. To the Editor of the Monmouthshire Merlin. SIR,- The scenery of Wales has long had its admirers, and doubtless will never fail in its attractions to those that are fond of mountainous aud romantic beauty but one accustomed to mountains only, cannot fail to admire such parts of England, where rich and fertile soil and sulubrious air contribute so much tothesuppott of the life, health, and strength of the inhabit- ants. Having for the first time found myself in the city of Lon- I don, I embarked on board a splendid steamer called the Royal William, which was about to convey 300 passengers to the town of Margate—the voyage was accomplished in the space of five hours, nearly eighty miles-the whole were leaving London for Margate or Ramsgate for the improvement of their health they appeared to enjoy the thought of reaching the favoured spot which was to restore them to their wonted health and strength; the lame man at the pool of Bethesda could not have had more confidence in the troubled wateis to effect a cure. It is stated that at this season of the year, from five to six hundred persons arive at the port of Margate, and as many depart for London daily the towns of Margate and Ramsgate are delightfully situated upon the chalk cliffs on the north-west side of the island, with a fine opening lor sea bathing, and a clean chalk bottom, and the land in the vicinity is extremely lich and productive; the soil is all under cultivation, and some of it rents at six pounds per acre per annum the continual supply of sea weed, mixed with farm yard manure, forms a compost which produces abundant crops. It is said that in the Norman wars, the men of Kent were placed in front of the battle, a privilege which they always claimed as their due, aLd now when the wished for period appears to be ap- proaching when the spear is to be beaten into a ploughshaie, and the sword into a pruning hook, the Kentish men are foremost in the field. The produce of the soil is not only grain of every de- scription, but the finest turnip seed, carraway, canary, lettuce, and spinage, See., and the agriculturist is well remunerated. At the present time the whole country presents the most cheering aspect. But 10 return to the trip :—I had reached London by rail- way. from the city of Bristol, and the following description of the journey is in pertect unison with my own sentiments. A trip, as it is called, by this extraordinary road, for the first time, is an event which cannot readily be effaced by the recollections of more common modes of travelling a pleasurable wonder takes possession of the mind as we glide at a speed equal to the gallop of a race horse; it might be supposed that so great a speed would almost deprive the traveler of breaih, and ihut he could not fail to be unpleasantly conscious of the velocity with which he cuts through the air the reverse is, however, the case the motion is so uniform and free from shaking, occasioned by the inequality or friction of the common roads, that passengers Cdn scarcely credit they are really passing over the ground at such a rapid pace, and it is only when meeting another train, and pass- ing it with instantaneous flight, that he is fully aware of the velocity of his career. The novelty of the scene is delightful now where the natural surface of the giound is at the highest, we travel embosomed in deep recesses and then, where the or, dinary course of roads would lead tluough a valley, we ride abov the tops oCthe trees,and look down upon the surrounding counlrye The reflecting traveller probably falls into a pleasing vision arising out of the triumph of human art: he sees the period fast approaching when the remotest part pf Jlil own country shall be brought into easy and rapid communication, and he might now look beyond this probable event, now that other nations are emu- lating these gigantic works of peace, he sees the evils arising out of the difference of language and soil, and climate, all vanishing btfore the desire of mankind, for peaceful commercial intercourse, and as he knows that the prejudices and mistaken interests which separate one district of the same nation from another me bioken down by such noble inventions as these, he feels that the same spirit of civilization which results from that exercise of our reason, vvhich is be3towed by a beneficent providence, will eventually render all men as brethren and children of cue great father. I am. Sir, YOUIS. &c. A SOUTH WALES COLLIER. Margate, July 22nd, 1845.


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