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We are pleased to observe that a resolution has been adopted by the United States House of Representatives, instructing the Committee on Commerce to inquire "what legislation, if "any, is necessary for the safety and protection "of persons traveling upon railroads in the "United States, and to report by bill or other"wise." The occurrence of railway accidents in all parts of the country shows that railway mismanagement is a national evil of increasing magnitude. It is very desirable, therefore, that a national remedy should, if possible, be applied. Some years ago the prevalence of steamboat accidents, especially on the Western waters, rendered it advisable for every man to make his will before embarking in what had become little better than infernal machines. The slaughter of one of these steamboat explosions, or collisions, was nearly equal to that of a battle. Public indignation was greatly excited by each fresh repetition of these atrocities, and various methods of safety were suggested, but none proved effectual till Congress took the matter in hand. The success of the measures adopted in regard to steamboats increases the probabilities that additional safeguards may be thrown around railway passengers by appropriate legislation now.

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