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A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

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A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. At the meetingof the British Association at Exeter a startling, but not a novel, proposition was made by Mr. Brandon. He advocated a uniform low fare for all distances. His proposal was that Is. should he charged first class, 6d. second, and 3d. third. He declared his confidence that the adoption of the plan would remunerate the shareholders, benefit the public and bring profit to the State. But he was not for the continuance of half-ruined companies competing to their own destruction. The Government (he said) ought to unite all the railways under a general management. The number travelling under his plan would be increased six-fold. Those who wished to be exclusive could have the right to travel in a "special" carriage by paying £10 first-class, and j25 second per annum. Passengers should be re- quired to pay for all luggage that would go in the van. From that source an additional income of three millions might be obtained. He proposed that the Government should issue to the shareholders Govern- ment railway stock bearing a guaranteed minimum interest of 4 2 5hs per cent. From the known sta- tistics, and it the increase in the number of travellers was anything like u h.-it was anticipated, it was clear that most gratifying monetary results would ensue. Where a less than the proposed rate was at present adopted, the same would continue, he thought, under the new plan. Canon Girdle stone expatiated on the importance of the subject, especially to the poorer classes. He re- ferred to the penny post as an instance of what might be accomplished, though at first sight it seemed im- practicable and improbable of success. Captain Dalton opposed the argument of the paper. .He was inclined to think its calculations fallacious. Sir John Bowring thought the best results would ensue from the Government taking the railways, and combated the general impression on the subject. He thought, and the usual idea was, that a j mrney from London to Exeter for a shilling first-class, would be a highly pleasant and not altogether an improbable thing.

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