The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 1889. TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY MILES AN HOUH.
Whether or not Sir Julius Vogel's forecast of what is to happen Anno Domini 2000, m so far as regards his , idea that by that time man will have : solved the difficult problem of aerial > navigat ; on and be able to fly about from 1 place to place literally on the wings of the wind, b* true or not, or whether like . Old Mother ShiptonV prophecy of a 1 hundred or two years ago, its realisation I is postponed to a still more distant • future, it begins to look likely that a wonderful revolution m our modes and \ speed of travelling will be brought about I at a very much earlier date. And tbe 1 agent which is to work the marvellous change is not going to be anything' m tho way of balloons, or wings, or any aeronautic appliance, but that harnessed t lightning which is already lighting our ' steamers and carrying our.messages, and \ beginning to come to the front as a motive power. The time, indeed, is, we , believe, not far distant when electricity » will supersede steam on oqr railways and render travelling swifter, cheaper, . safer and more comfortable. If we • are to believe tbe latest news f to hand the problem of tho successful 1 applipatjpn of electricity to such r_,ur- ' poses has ..already been solved, for a > paragraph m the news by tho mail states £hat " M. Jules 'Imbs, president of the > Paris Syndicate of Inventors, has been ' explaining, beforo a group of eminent r engineers and constructors, his new ' system of locomotion, which is to convey ' possengers at a speed of 400 kilometres per hour, without noise, shaking, or , possibility of danger, reducing tbe ; transport from Calais to Marseilles to , forty minutes, from' 3?arjs tp Petersburg to eight hours, and. allowing of the ' sending of troops to any part of the frontier m proportionately short time. 1 The persons who have examined this new psjiode pf travelling, with tho aid of a new motor furnished by an utterly unl known application of electricity, are said ' to regard it as destined to be one of the leading wonderg of next year's great show. As far as is yet known, tbo new system consist p of an aerial railway placed on an 'endleßs bridge/ on which the new motor will propel at the rate just mentioned a series of vehicles phaped like boats, covered, but well supplied with light and air, and containing 200 places," As a French kilomptre is equal to five-eighths of an English mile, the speed above indicated is 2f>o miles I art hour, which will mean as great an /mprovement upon f>ur present railway uottimunic&tion as tbat was upon l he ancient system of wagon traffic. It will only need a further discovery enabling tbe propulsion of vessels at sea at a proportionately increased rate of speed to bring tbo ends of the earth so near together as to shorten yoyagos from months into weeks and from weeks into days.