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CONNAH'S QUAY. THE RAILWAY EXTENSION SCHEXE.—The Man- chester, Sheffield, & Lincolnshire Railway (Chester to Connah's Quay) bill was further considered on Monday by the select committee of the House of Commons, presided over by Admiral Egerton. Mr. Thomas Stevenson, of Edinburgh, civil engineer Mr. Baker, civil engineer and Mr. John Fowler) engineer to the Tees Conservancy Commissioners, gave evidence on behalf of the petitioners against the scheme, showing that the proposed bridge across the Dee would seriously interfere with the navigation of the river and thus hamper trade. At the sitting of the committee on Tuesday, Mr. Samuel Vickers, shipowner, Connah's Quay, said the proposed bridge would have a tendency to throw vessels out of their course by diverting the under- current. By the Chairman. -Bridzes very much interfered with the navigation of rivers. When two vessels got together in a narrow channel the suction prevented them getting clear of one another, and accidents were very often the result.—John Leatham. master pilot, said he was well acquainted with the river Dee, and was thoroughly familiar with the suction caused by the undercurrent. If the proposed bridge were constructed he very much doubted whether vessels would be able to get under. There was a tendency at the present time to carry out improvements on the upper reaches of the river. Mr. George Hewitt, pilot, said he had known the Dee for sixty years. He had examined the plans of the proposed scheme, and he considered it an ill-advised one. He would not like to take a vessel under the proposed bridge. —♦

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