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but not excessive, yet we are constantly refreshed in summer by a temperate breeze, and have in winter a warm wind from the sea, which speedily puts an end to frost and snow. We are totally free from the vapours of running and the impurities of stagnant waters, the nearest river being six miles distant,—alike beneficial to the health and comfort of our inhabitants. Another advantage may likewise be mentioned, the proximity of Brighton to the emporium of the world, of which it is within one hour and a quarter's ride. The railway system is also so admirably conducted, with both safety and convenience to its passengers,—under the able supervision of Samuel Laing, Esq. (the Chairman), and its General Manager, J. P. Knight, Esq. In order to promote the accommodation of the eastern part of the town, the late Directorate constructed a branch line to Kemp Town, the first turf of the same being turned by the Mayor of the period (Mr Alderman Martin) on the 17th day of February, 1866, and completed by him on the 6th of August, 1869. In honor of the occasion he was presented by the contractors, Messrs. "William and John Pickering, with a massive silver trowel, bearing thereon a suitable inscription, in commemoration of the event. This branch line will prove of the greatest utility to the inhabitants in the neighbourhood of the Cemeteries and Cavalry Barracks, when a Station is established in their locality. The opportunities afforded by the London, Brighton, and South-Coast Piailway Company to the public to visit adjacent towns and villages on its system cannot be too highly praised.
Attractions are constantly held out for the gratifi­cation of our numerous visitors, who, in the zenith of the season, on reliable authority number 50,000, a con­vincing proof that Brighton is a most attractive place of resort. Its capabilities are so extensive that double the above number might be accommodated, and its Hotels can
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