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(From the Sun.) RAILWAYS An important Act for the regulation of railways and the protection of the public came into operation on Saturday. The Board of Trade are entrusted with the regulation of all railways, and no line in future, or any portion of a line, can be opened, without a month's notice in writing being given to the Committee of the Board, who are au- thorised to make all by-laws, An inspector of railways" will be appointed, and have power to exa- mine the works, trains, &c., used for the safety of the public. Penalties of £20, to be recovered for an in- fringement of any directions of the Board of Trade. Any person wilfully obstructing any of the officers of a railway can, under this Act, be taken into custody without a warrant, and be fined any sum not exceed- ing £ 20. and in default ofpayment committed to prison. The most important provision for the protection of the public is the 13th section. By that section it is enacted that any officer or agent of a Company, or any special constable duly appointed, may seize and detain without warrant any engine-driver or other servant in the employ of a Company, Ifound drunk while employed on the railway, or violating any of the by-laws, or wilfully,, maliciously, doing, or neg- lecting, anything whereby the life or limb of any per- son may be endangered: and in such cases a Magis- trate is authorised to fine or commit the offender, with or without hard labour, for a period not exceed- ing two calencar months. This clause, it is expected, will prove highly beneficial; engineers will be cau- tious of the responsibility they undertake, or it may induce Directors to appoint scientific men to regulate the engines, and protect the public from careless or ignorant persons. The Act was passed on the 10th of August, and did not come into operation until the 10th inst. In the interval many dreadful accidents have happened on railroads.


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(From the John Bull.)