Friday, March 11, 1904 The Newmarket Era Page 2, col. 2

Editorial notes.


It is asserted on railway official authority that during the past three years, less than a dozen people, in a total of over thirty million traveling in Pullman cars, have been killed. Whether these figures are strictly accurate or not, one thing is certain that passenger on heavy sleepers and parlor cars are rarely injured, when numbers are killed in other ordinary coaches on the same train. The evident conclusion to be drawn therefore is that ordinary coaches are not constructed sufficiently substantial to stand the serious shock of collision or derailment. It would seem to be the duty of our law-markers to require more substantially constructed coaches than are now in use, and thereby lessen the chances of the sacrifice of human like. Under any circumstances the question is of sufficient importance to warrant a parliamentary enquiry.

The chief engineer of the proposed James Bay Railway reports that a feasible route from Parry Sound to Sudbury has been found. The line from Toronto to Parry Sound has not been located, but three parties are now engaged in surveying it. He also says the line will run of the east side of Lake Simcoe. At Orillia the line will cross the Northern Railway and diverge westerly from the Northern and go between the Muskoka Lakes and Georgian Bay to Parry Sound—thence north to Sudbury, being on an average 45 to 80 miles away from the G.T.R. Northern division. The railway distance from Toronto to Sudbury will be reduced by nearly 80 miles. The surveying parties report valuable pine timber yet existing and a large amount of hardwood which the railway will make available.


When the promoters of the Windsor, Essex and Lake Shore Railway asked the Railway Committee of the Legislature to ratify an agreement with municipalities to run on Sunday, the committee responded by saying Nay! Nay! The promoters should have borrowed a leaf out of the Metropolitan manager's book, and made an everlasting franchise agreement, then promise to have the agreement confirmed—go into possession and forget the promise, thereby preventing the citizens from filing objections and securing to the Company a perpetual franchise without a cent's remuneration at the expense of generations yet unborn.

Railways: Met.Ry.