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The Southern connection.

The disaster in Eastern Kentucky and the apprehension it has excited for the safety of our connection with the Southwest through the Virginia and Tennessee, and the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroads — and the possible interruption of our intercourse with the South via the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad, by the Burnside Expedition, directs attention to the vital importance of completing the connection between the Richmond and Danville and the North Carolina Central Railroads. This connection, only some 35 or 40 miles long, might be made in a few weeks. We have the rails we imagine, or may get enough from the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to add to those we have, to finish the line. It would be a surety against an interruption of a communication with the South and Southwest, which at this time is of vital importance. We trust that Congress will promptly address itself to the consideration of the matter, and that it may adopt such measures as will effect this work as speedily as possible.

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