Grand National railroad from Washington to New York.
Quoting the bill in regard to railroads, which we published yesterday as having passed the House of Representatives, the Washington Chronicle
"Great satisfaction and discussion have been excited by this passage, and some persons have conceived it was intended to have a special reference to one or two particular railroads, whereas it was simply an enunciation of a clear and general policy of vast importance.
It is believed that Mr. Stevens
will introduce a bill for a direct line between Washington
and New York — so direct and level as to avoid every local interest of any diversion from its main course to help any other road.
That it will cross leading railroads on the route it must traverse; is to be expected; but that it will be so surveyed as to look to the promotion of any particular interest will simply be to discard the object the President
had in view and to forget the public interests.
It will probably cross the Susquehanna
at a point near the mouth of the Conestoga
, and will therefore run through one of the richest sections of Pennsylvania
It is confidently calculated that when this road is built, the travel between Washington
and New York will not take more than seven hours. This will, in fact, be a national road, built by the Government
as well for its own purposes as for the promotion of the general weal."