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A great Triumph!--straight route fromOur readers will see by the subjoined interesting communication, that the North Carolina Legislature, at its late session, has passed the measure in which Richmond is so profoundly interested, but which has been so long and so bitterly opposed, granting a charter to connect, by a short line of railroad not exceeding forty miles, the great North Carolina Central Railroad with the Richmond and Danville Railroad. It is impossible to overestimate the importance of this improvement. It opens to Richmond, by the shortest, the most eligible, and the least expensive route, the garden spot of North Carolina, and of the whole South; and, by means of its connection with other Southern roads, it will present the straightest route throughout the whole Southern country, and secure the whole travel of the South to Richmond. It remains to be seen whether the enterprise and liberality of Richmond are equal to the achievement of the brilliant fortunes which are now offered to it, by contributing the small sum necessary to insure so magnificent a return. A future of wealth and grandeur is opening before this city, if it is but true to itself and its opportunities, such as has never been equalled in the Southern States. Its immense manufacturing facilities, when a road is opened for them to a market, will begin to tell with the most surprising effects; and its merchants, when the door is opened to them by means of direct communication with the Southern country, will feel the breath of a new life. This city, the most beautiful and attractive in America, will at some future day become the most prosperous and flourishing in the Southern States: ‘ Messrs. Editors: Allow me to call your attention to a charter granted by the North Carolina Legislature during its late session, to connect by a short line of railroad, the North Carolina Central Railroad with the Richmond and Danville Railroad, at or near Barksdale's Depot, on the Danville road. This new road is to begin at the company's shops — the central point on the North Carolina Central Railroad, and now a beautiful little village — thence it takes its route to Yanceyville, thence to Milton, and then to Barksdale's Depot. By reference to the map, it will be seen that this is a perfectly straight line, thus affording the privilege so long sought and so earnestly desired by both the people of Caswell and adjoining counties, and by the citizens of Richmond, of connecting by a short and practicable line of railway, the two railroads above mentioned. Hitherto this connection has been most urgently pressed in the North Carolina Legislature, but has been constantly and steadily resisted by every possible means, and invariably voted down. Now, we have a charter for the shortest, the most eligible, and last, but not least, the least expensive route. Most of the way from the company's shops to Barksdale's, it will run upon a ridge, and need not in its entire length exceed 40 miles of railway actually to be constructed. Can the cost of this short, but most important link of railway, exceed fifteen thousand dollars to the mile? Allowing this to be a full estimate, its whole cost would be six hundred thousand dollars. Now, shall such a sum as this prevent its construction? The whole of Western North Carolina, or nearly so, will be brought within ten or fourteen hours of Richmond, and its varied products poured into your market. Can its value to your city, then, be easily estimated? Glance your eye over the map, and see how it at once opens up a direct line of travel from your city to the South and Southwest. Calculate the distances, and see, if this connection is ever once made, if we can not thus divert the through Southern travel from other and longer routes, over this line to your city? Your kind attention occasionally, Messrs. Editors, and a kind word now and then in your columns, and the serious and earnest attention of the citizens of Richmond, and all who have its interest at heart, is invited to this new enterprise. Is Richmond ready for it? Can it be carried through? ’
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