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Letter from Norwich.

To the Edtor of the Review.—Dear Sir.—In your issue of August 6th your Otterville correspondent writes exultingly in reference to the evident progress and apparent prosperity of their village, and indicates unrevervedly the cause of the unusual stir their midst. He says, "the station house was raised yesterday and will soon be completed. We are looking for the iron horse on the P. D. & Wood R. R., which is expected here in two weeks." Here then is the manifest cause of the bustle and improvements. This was written two weeks ago, and I am informed that these expectations have been realized, the iron horse is really there, and without stopping to rest is pressing on at the rate of nearly a mile a day with tracklaying, with as likely expectations to reach Woodstock early in September. Meantime an excursion is advertized to take place from Norwich to Simcoe races on the 25th instant, and another from Port Dover to Hawtrey in connection with the C[anada]. Southern to Courtland and other places on that line. The new powerful locomotive "Dr. Cook," being No. 2, is expected at Hawtrey in a few days and will do its share of the work in store. It is stated that freight is already accumulating and offered to the Company that will necessitate the ordering of No. 3 immediately. A supply of cars and coaches are ordered to be in readiness for regular traffic as soon as opened to Woodstock. It is expected that by the 1st of October arrangements for mails and express matter will be made, to be forwarded twice a day over the line. The iron for laying the track from Stratford is now delivered and paid for and will at once be laid down. The right of way through Zorra is nearly all bought and several gangs of graders are pressing on the work, so that the opening to Stratford may be hastened on. These are encouraging particulars and can be relied on as correct. The correspondent to whom I before referred ends his article with a discouraging view of matters as to paying for the great prosperity referred to by himself, and asks two or three pertinent questions. 1st Will they have to meet the amount levied by the by-law in the same manner as for any other by-law? If your correspondent will peruse the by-law and agreement referring to the same matter for Woodstock, he will learn that the Company binds itself to place both interest and sinking fund annually in the charge of the corporation to meet their liabilities in regard to their debentures, leaving to the twon one per cent. profit for the use of the credit. If South Norwich prefers to have a debenture fall due every year no doubt the Company agree to redeem it; as under the 20 years system they deposit enough to so at any rate. I do not think that there is any risk in the matter, and as evidence we know that many shrewd business men are investing largely in the same securities in good faith as to value. As to having a large surplus to the credit of the eastern half of the township, the answer is given in the proposed adoption of the instalment system instead of the 20 year plan. Your correspondent has answered his own question as to the direct benefit to accrue to the eastern half of the townshup, for the risk they run of increased taxation, viz: present and prospective prosperity. Yours truly

W. E. S.

Norwich, Aug. 17th, 1875.

East Zorra.

... Railway.—The P. D. & L. H. R.R. is getting along well; gangs of men are stationed at intervels [sic] of a few miles along the line between Woodstock & Tavistock. You may look for a ride on the cars this fall from Woodstock to Stratford per P. D. & L. H. R.R. ...

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An Important Branch.

A number of the people of South Norwich are anxious to connect the Canada Southern Railway with the Port Dover and Lake Huron, in a way that would be advantageous to both and convenient to the township. The lines cross each other in such manner that exchange of traffic would be exceedingly inconvenient—so much so that through freight from the Southern could not be successfully carried via the Dove and Credit Valley lines to Toronto. But the existing difficulty can be easily surmounted by the construction of between two and three miles of railway from Cornell to Otterville. The distance is stated by the Engineer of the Canada Soutrhern to be about two and a half miles, through a district so level that but $20,000 would be required to build the road—about one-fifth the cost of one mile on the Great Western. With this short section completed the Credit Valley, Dover, and Southern lines would be enabled to carry each other's traffic at the greatest possible advantage. The first two would afford an outlet for the traffic of the latter for Toronto and other points easts, and would thus enable the Southern to compete more largely and more successfully with the Western than it has yet been enabled to do. Besides, the two local roads mentioned would be supplied with traffic other than that of an entirely local nature and would as a consequence be placed in a better position for earning interest on bonds and dividends on stock. The Southern, Port Dover and Credit Valley will of course work together in opposition to the road that has heretofore held a monopoly, and in this way people along either of the three lines will be afforded advantages derivable from the entire number. It will be easily seen therefore that the people of Woodstock and surrounding townships are largely interested in the Southern as well as the Credit Valley and Port Dover lines; and on the other hand the inhabitants of St. Thomas and the Lake shore counties are as largely interested in the local roads passing through Woodstock. With so much depending upon this short branch it is surely nothing but reasonable to suppose that mean will be found for its construction. As a matter of fact no little of the benefit of the Southern, Credit Valley, and Dover roads would be lost were the two and a half miles not completed from Cornell to Otterville.

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Excursion.—The Port Dover Co. propose running an excursion train over their on the 25th from Norwich and Otterville to the Lake shore. Tickets for the round trip, 75 cents. The Iron horse on this line will be here in a few weeks, and then we shall doubtless have an excursion from Woodstock.

Railway Grading.—The work of grading the Woodstock and Stratford line between this point and Tavistock has been sub-let by the contractor to seven different parties in order that it may be pushed forward to completion with all reasonable speed. The portion of the line between Tavistock and Stratford is, we believe, ready for the rails. As the right of way through East Zorra has been purchased and as numerous gangs under sub-contractors are now actively at work, the road-bed through the township ought to be prepared in a few weeks. During the past few months work on the lateral Railway has been pushed on with commendable vigor.