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138                 Old Memories of East-Bourne. [Chap. XL
into Court, and the jury added 700. Another fatal accident at the same station happened in December 1899, when a most capable and obliging man, appreciated by everybody, Inspector Tucker, was killed, but through his-own lack of caution. These exceptions (and of course some others) do not invalidate my general statement that the Brighton is a very safe line for travellers.
An important matter in regard to the prosperity of East-Bourne, as influenced by Railways, is that of inter­communication with distant parts of England, and on this I have something to say. In the spring of 1892, I spent some days at Bournemouth, and whilst there was-very much struck with the number of railway carriages-coming into the Bournemouth station from distant parts of England, served by the London and North Western, Midland, and Great Western Railways, labelled " Through carriage to Bournemouth."
When I got home to East-Bourne, I wrote letters to-the General Managers of the London and North Western and Brighton Companies on the basis of the information which I had picked up at Bournemouth, and suggested the desirability of a similar service between the North and Brighton and East-Bourne via Addison Road Kensington, and Clapham Junction. The answers were very significant and characteristic of the two Companies. Sir G. Findlay on behalf of the L.N.W.R. said he warmly approved of the idea, and would be glad to co-operate with the Brighton Company in carrying it out. Mr. Sarle, on behalf of the Brighton Company, said that my suggestion was impossible—quite out of the question, because, amongst other reasons, of the "habitual uupunctuality " of the L.N.W.R. trains ! ! ! And this was said at a time when the unpunctuality of the Brighton Company's trains had become a public scandal. I also wrote a letter on the subject to the East­bourne Chronicle under date of August 18, 1894. In 189G, the Mayor of East-Bourne (Mr. J. A. Skinner) visited Bournemouth and came back with some pro­gressive ideas in his head. This induced me in September 1890 to resume my efforts and to publish a
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