To the Editor. Sir, —I crave the indulgence of a few lines of your space to draw attention to a dangerous practice that is becoming all too common among'us. I refer to the reckless driving of vehicles and riding of horses along the Ashburton Railway Bridge, especially on Sunday nights. Sunday night, returning from worship in Ashburton to my residence in Timvald, I very narrowly escaped being run over by one of four halfdrunken yahoos—three of whom were in charge of as many horses, and the fourth presided for the time being over the destinies of a horse and trap. The quartette were evidently racing, with the utmost indifference to the life of any pedestrian who might be upon the bridge. I myself was not the only one whose limbs, if not life, were jeopardised by the wantonness of the individuals I have referred to. Shortly after my own narrow escape, a lady was as near as possible run over by the same agency. Sir, I think it would not be amiss if a member of the police force were to have a look down this bridge occasionally during the earlier part of the evening, especially during the summer months, when the bridge is a favorite resort for pedestrians. The summoning and conviction of a few of the offenders might have salutary effect on those who are now so regardles of the safety of other people.—l am, &c., Sept. 20. X.
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