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THE PROPOSED KEY/ BRANCH OP BAIL WAY TO LLANDINORWIC. DEPUTATION FROM BANGOR. On Friday evening last a meeting; was held at I the Deiniolen Board Schools to take into considera- I tion the desirability of having a new branch of -railway to connect that placa with either Carnar- von or Bangor. A deputation from the Bangor City Council attended to explain what that city was prepared to do in order to secure such a branch. The deputation consisted of Major Platt (the mayor of the city), Aldermen Richards and T. "Lewis, Councillors K. W'. Dcaglas, Josiah Hughes, and J. Evan Roberta, Messrs D. Camaron and H. Lloyd Jones, Mr W. Rdw.rd?, uiasmiryu, aau ¡I others, also attended as deputation from Rhiwlas. ( The chair was occupied by the Rev Richard Morgan.—Mr R. P. Eiiis moved the Irst resolu- tion, which was as follows" That this meeting pledges itself to use every legitimate effort to pro- mote the construction of a branch of railway to this neighbourhood."—The resolution was secon- ded by the Rev W. Ryle Davies, and carried.—Mr Henry Owen, Liverpool Souse, then proposed "That a request be made to the Londoa and North j Western Railway Company to construct such a I "branch."—Mr W. R. Jones seconded this resolu- tion, which was passed.—Mr W. Jones, Coed- helen House, then asked what assistance and guidance the deputation from Bangor could give in the matter of constructing the branch.- Aajor Platt, on behalf of the deputation, said: — Nlr Chiurman and Gentlemen,—You are, of course, aware that I attend here with some councillors' from the borough of Bangor in a public capacity, an the mayor of that place. Before T sopok as to what Bangor is prepared vo do, I may offer » few remarks as to the suitability of Bangor ns the place to run your railway into, in preference, per- haps, to the town of Carnarvon. I may say that I am interested !n both towns, but I look upon tbia tjueetion from a very broad point of view. I wish to benefit the people for whom the railway is to be of service, and I think that to be of real value it ought t) go and join the Bangor and Bethesda Line. Looking over the map the other day. I calculated that from the way the proposed line would probibly run, that the distance from Bangor There would be 71 miles. Now I take it that everybody travelling by train would wish to Ro, as a rule, towards Banger, for Obester and places in England. To get to fhese places via Carnarvon you would have to make a circuit of 16 £ miles. The lowest fare (3rd class) by this route would come to Is 4d, as against 7d the othar way, which would amount to a considerable sum in twelve months. Now if you effect such an enormous saving to your pockets by simply travelling, how much more it "would be when you consider the traffic in goods. You must have clothes, provisions, and other things, and they all come mostly by rail from the Erection of Chester. By the construction of the line to Bangor, the saving in twelve months would come to an enormous amount; not only money Baved by passengers, but also in freight. Another thing which I would point out as very im- portant is the fact that Bangor has lately f>een selected as the site for the college; -land as Bangor also, at the present time, possesses w very excellent school, there will be no doubt a -large number of young men going from this dis- trict to be educated in these two scholastic institu- tions, end it would be most desirable that they should be enabled to go by the r earest possible Toute. Another thing is that the London and North Western Railway Company have in view the continuation of the Bethesda line through Bet- iws-y-cced to Denbigh, putting you thus in com- TOunicatian with that part of the country, without going round by the way of Rhyl. You also have -many relatives and friends at Bethesda, and many quarrymen would wish to travel between here and there for social intercouse, if not for business. This line would give you every opportunity to get to Bethesda. It is contemplated by the Bangor City Council to carry out great and important im- provements in the town. I may say there are such important improvements contemplated in Bangor that will make that town the metropolis cf North Wales. It strikes me also that the very fact of Bangor Council throwing their influence to improve the fairs there, which, I am sorry to say, are at present not very good, and to establish a amithfield in the town—will enable you to get meat from there at far better prices than you pay at present. I have often heard it said that Oar- narvon has a much cheaper market than Bangor. The fact that Carnarvon transacts a deal of busi- ness requires them to keep in stock goods of a certain kind; but the Bangor tradesmen are alive to their own interests, and I believe if you connect your line with Bangor, you will find those goods as cheap and as good as in Carnarvon. You wish to know what assistance and instruction can we offer you, we shall be glad to form a deputation with you to wait upon the London and North Western R til- way Company, and to try and persuade them to construct a line. If the Landon and North Western Railway Company decline to construct this line it will become a rather serious question, for I take it that it must cost ;S26,000 to make this railway, and I am afraid that the neighbourhood here and at Bangor will not be rich enough to raise so large an amount; at the same time. should there be a com- pany formed, I have not the slightest doubt that the people of Bangor would take shares in the same. Alderman Lewis then gave in Welsh the essence of Major Platt's speech, after which Mr J. Evan Roberts addressed the meeting. Be thought that the line ought to be connected -with Bangor. About fifteen out of every twenty of the people who travelled by train from this district went in the direction of Bangor, to Chester and England. On that account he considered it vrould be a great saving of money and time to construct a line to connect the Bethesda Railway ) -with Bangor. That city was now becom'ng a very important educational centre, and the council of I the new college would probably follow the example of the Cardiff College by estavlishing classes in -difierent villages around the town. If Llandinor- wic were connected with Bangor by a railway.there would be reason to believe that a class would be formed in that place in connection with the col- lege.-Further remarks in favour of Bangor were made by Alderman Dr Richards and Mr Councillor Douglas, the latter gentleman's arguments in favour of Bangor beiag as follows:— Bangor, we all know, is a city, and according to a certain dictionary a city ought to llwe a mayor and corporation in addition to its being the see of the diocese. Bangor is the sec of tne diocese, and it has a mayor and corporation, so that, according to the definition I referred to, it is the only place in Wales which can boast of being a city. Al- though there is nothing in that, it is, after all, something to boptst of.—Mr W. Edwards, Glasin- frjn, having also spoken, Mr W. Ryle Davies pro. posed a vite of thanks to thtt deputation, which was warmly accorded. After a further vote of thanks to th? chairman for presiding the meeting I terminated.

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