AS we are very liable, in common with the letterâ€‘writing world, to fall behindâ€‘hand in our correspondence; and a little more liable because in consequence of our editorial function we receive more epistles than our individual share, we have thought that we might clear our account by writing a quarterly catholic letter to all and several who have honored us, in verse or prose, with their confidence, and expressed a curiosity to know our opinion. We shall be compelled to dispose very rapidly of quite miscellaneous topics.
Â Â Â Â Â And first, in regard to the writer who has given us his speculations on Railroads and Airâ€‘roads, our correspondent shall have his own way. To the railway, we must say, â€” like the courageous lord mayor at his first hunting, when told the hare was coming, â€” “Let it come, in Heaven’s name, I am not afraid on ‘t.”Â Very unlookedâ€‘for political and social effects of the iron road are fast appearing. It will require an expansion of the police of the old world. When a railroad train shoots through Europe every day from Brussels to Vienna, from Vienna to Constantinople, it cannot stop every twenty or thirty miles at a German customâ€‘house, for examination of property and passports. But when our correspondent proceeds to flyingâ€‘machines, we have no longer the smallest taperâ€‘light of credible information and experience left, and must speak on a priori grounds.