Excerpt from The Railway Shareholder's Manual, or Practical Guide to All the Railways in the World, Completed, in Progress, and Projected, Forming an Entire Railway Synopsis, Indispensable to All Interested in Railway Locomotion: To Which Is Added a Correct List of the Offices and Officers of Existing and Projected Railways It is singular that of all modes of transit, the safest the cheapest - and the best - alone, should have excited the hatred of the Times. In pursuing its own career Of wealth, no means are untried, and no expense is spared to procure the latest intelligence with rapidity. Overland routes to India, expresses across deserts, steam-ships over seas, and couriers over mountains, are all legitimate and fair adjuncts, to the trade of a newspaper, and the public are thought to be under an Obligation to a journalist, who takes so much trouble, and expends such vast sums, to stand first in the market, as a vendor of exclusive intelli gence. But when a number of capitalists unite to construct a Railway, to give to a country, what Lord Bacon said was essential to make a nation great and prosperous, viz. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.