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CANALS AND OTHER PUBLIC WORKS OF ORIO. The annual report of the Board of Public Works of Ohio, has been published. In the absence of a copy of the official document, which has usually been furnished for our use by a correspondent of the Merchants' Magazine, we adopt the carefully condensed summary of the Cincinnati Atlas :

The amount collected on the canals for the last five years, excluding fractions, sums up as follows: 1847, Gross sum collected on all the Canals,

$805,019 1848,

785,882 1849,

739,377 1850,

759,852 1851,

856,352 The greatest amount of tolls collected in any one year previous to 1847, was $612,302. The excess of collections in 1851, over any preceding year, is more than $50,000, and that, too, at a lower scale of tolls than ever before prevailed.

On the Ohio Canal but little increase is shown, while on the southern end of the
Miami Canal, business has steadily increased, notwithstanding the railway and other
competition. The tolls collected last year were:-
On the Ohio Canal....

$436,009
Amount paid for repairs.

128,218 Net receipts.......

$307,791 The number of Superintendents on this canal have been reduced from sixteen to thirteen. On the Miami and Erie Canal the receipts were:For 1850,

$315,162 1851,

357,095

$41,933 $169,986

Increase.
Paid in 1851, for repairs, superintendence, &c.
On the Muskingum Improvement, the receipts were :-

In 1851, ....
In 1850,

$48,418
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$11,407 Paid for repairs in 1851.

13,361 In 1850 the repairs cost.

39,935 The receipts for 1851 amounted to 25 per cent on the cost of this work. Business on the Hocking Canal has increased, having nearly doubled in two years. The receipts for 1861, were

$11,814,87 1850,

8,078,64 Expenditures for 1851,

7,991,18 1850,

11,819,06 WALHONDING Canal.- A serious breach in this canal in May last, affected very seriously the revenue anticipated from this work. The receipts for 1861, were.

$2,615,42 1850,

2,055,09 Payments for 1851, “

4,251,62 1850,

1,966,61 WESTERN RESERVE AND MAUMEE ROAD.—The receipts on this road were $12,745' being an increase of $1,177,01. It is suggested that the excess of tolls over expendi tures on this road be expended in extending the road to the Miami and Erie Canal: which would add much to its usefulness.

National Road.—The total receipts of this road for 1851 were $38,577 11, the amount in 1850 was $42,636 08, showing a decrease of $4,058 97.

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OHIO AND PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD. FREIGUT TARIFF ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, JANUARY, 1852. The company will not undertake to transport freight beyond the capacity of the engines and cars which it may have for that purpose. No car is to carry more than 12,000 pounds, or six tons, which is to be considered a car load. No freight train is to wait to load freight, if that will cause it be behind time so as to delay any other train.

Freight is divided into three classes :—Flour in barrels, live stock, and miscellaneous freight. The lowest charge on a barrel of flour will be ten cents, and per car load of 60 barrels, $6; except for distances under ten miles, for which it will be $5. The lowest charge on miscellaneous freight for any distance, however short, will be one dollar per ton.

Flour per
Flour per

Live stock per Mis. freight. Mis. fr't car load,

per

100 lbs. p'r c'r l'd. To Pittsburg.

Dollars. Dollars. Cents. Dollars.
From Rochester..

10
6 00
7 00

7 00 New Brighton....

12
6 00

8 00 7 7 00 Darlington..

16
9 00 10 00

10 00 Enon ...

18

9 50 12 00 11 12 00 Palestine..

20 10 00 14 00 12 14 00 Bull Creek

10 50 15 00 13 15 00 Columbiana..

23 11 00 16 00 14 16 00

24 11 50 17 00 16 17 00 Salem

25 12 00 18 00 16 18 00 Stanley..

26 13 00 19 00 18 20 00 Alliance

27 15 00 20 00 20 22 00 Louisville..

30 18 00 22 00 23 25. 00 Canton ...

33 19 00 24 00 25 27 00 Massillon ...

35 20 00 25 00 26 28 00 All freight to or from Pittsburg to be considered as through freight, and charged according to the foregoing table. Through freight to have the preference of way freight. Miscellaneous freight, between way stations, to be charged five certs per ton per mile. Special contracts may be made for the transportation of lumber, &c.

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TOLLS ON THE JAMES RIVER CANAL IN 1852. The following rate of toll, upon a number of important articles, has been adopted by the above company for the present year, namely :

New rate. Old rate.

Cts. Mills, Cts. Mills Agricultural implements.

2 0 4 0 Bacon, coffee, and sugar.

3 5 4 0 Flour.

2 0

5 Lime down the canal,

0 2 Salt......

1 5 Tobacco, (all kinds)..

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5 Vegetables...

1 0 2 0 Wheat.

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PUBLIC WORKS OF PENNSYLVANIA. A resolution was submitted to the Senate of Pennsylvania, on the 9th of February, 1851, calling upon the Auditor General and State Treasurer for information as to the real cost, receipt, and expenditures of the lines and divisions of State Improvements which that gentleman has promptly answered, and which we bere subjoin, in connection with a summary view of the cost revenne, and expenditures of the several State works of Pennsylvania.

Accountant DEPARTMENT, HARRISDURG, Feb. 9, 1852. Hon. John H. WALRER, Speaker of the Senate.

DEAR SIR :-In compliance with a resolution of the Senate, adopted on the 24th ult., calling upon the Auditor General and State Treasurer, for a Statement relative to the cost, revenue, and expenditures of the several lines, or divisions, of the Public Works of Pennsylvania, we have the bonor to transmit herewith the required information, which will be found to comprehend a period from the commencement of our internal improvement system to the close of the last fiscal year. It may be proper to remark in explanation of the statement, that the cost of the works embraces everything in the way of construction proper, as well as all other items properly chargeable to that account. The revenue comprises the amount actually paid into the State Treasury, whilst the expenditures are made up of all disbursements (whether of an ordinary or extraordinary nature) attendant or consequent upon the operation of the works. In short, it is believed that nothing has been omitted or erroneously included in the statement, to render it other than a full

, fair, and unreserved exposition. The revenue strictly belonging to a particular line cannot, of course be ascertained, as tolls are paid at the end of one line through to the termination of another. No other mode, therefore, could be adopted, than to apply the tolls to the several divisions, according to the offices at which they were received—the amount received at Northumberland being apportioned to the three lines terminating at that point. The course thus pursued, however, although it may affect the details somewhat, as to the question of profit and loss, when applied to a particular line, cannot, in any manner, do so with regard to the aggregate of the lines. The recapitulation may, therefore, be taken as presenting a correct statement of that question, applied to the public works in general.

E. BURNS, Anditor General,
COST, REVENUE, AND EXPENDITURE OF THE STATE ROADS OF PENNSYLVANIA.

Cost.

Revenue. Expenditures. Columbia & Philadelphia Rail'd.. $4,791,548 91 $7,483,395 53 $5,105,058 39 Eastern division of canal

1,737,236 97 2,661,008 05 762,981 30 Juniata......

3,570,016 29 1,371,948 59 1,760,583 19 Alleghany Portage Railroad.... 1,860,752 76 2,985,769 10 3,161,327 26 Western division of canal.... 3,096,522 30 2,523,979 59 1,197,182 83

Lines,

$15,156,077 23 $17,026,100 86 $11,987,132 97

Total ....

Main Line.
Delaware division of canal......
Susquehanna division of canal
North Branch division of canal
West Branch division of canal...

1,384,606 96

897,160 52 1,598,379 35 1,832,023 28

2,238,694 76

402,779 15 1,003,047 58 449,058 19

1,117,716 70 554,835 22 753,662 17 738,470 58

Total .......

$20,768,307 34 $21,119,680 53 $15,151,817 64 Lines in operation. Fr. Creek division of canal..... 817,779 74 5,819 67 143,911 94 Beaver Creek division of canal.. 512,360 05 38,312 29 210,360 00 Total........

$22,093,447 13 $21,163,812 49 $15,506,089 58 Finished Lines. Unfinished improvements...... 7,712,531 69 Board of Canal Commissioners.. 70,782 67

70,782 66 Board of Appraisers .

17,584 93 Collectors, Weigb-masters, and Lock-keepers...

1,348,384 14 Exploratory surveys

157,731 14 Grand total.......... $30,057,077 66 $21,163,812 49 $16,925,256 38 To the above amount of expenditures may be added $6,400 paid for the use of patent rights, and if it be desired to connect with those expenditures the amount paid for interest on the loans pertaining, directly or indirctly, to the public improvements

, the aggregate amount of said interest, to the close of the fiscal year 1851, may be stated at $30,786,213 32.

GUARANTIED INTEREST. Danville and Pottsville Railroad Company..

$216,693 57 Bald Eagle and Spring Creek Navigation Company.

137,532 47 Tioga Navigation Company.

46,647 16 Codorus Navigation Company, (guarantied loan)...

6,000 00

Total......

$406,873 19

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RAILROAD PROGRESS IN VIRGINIA,
The public works for which the State raised recently a loan, are fast progressing.
Four great lines of railway will shortly cross her territory; one of them through
Piedinont, east of the Alleghanies and south of James River, to North Carolina; a
second to Tennessee, through which it will be extended to the Mississippi; a third to
the Ohio, at the extreme southern portion of the State of Ohio ; and the fvurth across
North-Western Virginia to the Ohio, near the lakes. The annexed table presents a
condensed view of railroad progress in the State, together with the interest of the
State in their capital stock:

Miles in Miles Capital
length. completed.

interest. Appomattox Railroad, (late City Point) 9

$100,000 Clover Hill Railroad..

113

250,000 Blue Ridge Railroad.

164

600,000 $600,000 Greenville and Roanoke Railroad...

21
2i

289,100
Manassa's Gap Railroad...

103

800,000 320,000 Orange and Alexandria Railroad, (including branch)....

98 30 1,037,500 600,000 Petersburg and Roanoke Railroad.

60 60 769,000
Richmond and Petersbnrg Railroad.... 22 22 685,000 885,000
Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac
Railroad ....

761 761 1,000,000 275,200 South Side Railroad

122 30 1,400,000 480,000

325,000
Tuckahoe and James River Railroad... 41 44 68,600
Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad....

500,000
Virginia and Central Railroad, (to Cov-
ington)...

195 105 1,817,300 1,094,800 Virginia and Tennessee Railroad.

209 50 3,000,000 2,000,000 Winchester and Potomac Railroad.

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32 300,000 83,333 Richmond and Danville Railroad...

147 46 2,000,000 1,200,000 North-Western Railroad..

100

1,500,000
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, (in Vir-
ginia).....

240 99
Length of railroads in Virginia....

..miles 1,6021 completed....

6764 in progress, (under contract)..

6364 Capital stock, (leaving out Baltimore and Ohio Railroad)

$16,117,100 00 State interest.

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LOSS OF LIFE ON RAILROADS IN MASSACHUSETTS. It may be a common impression that railroad accidents are rapidly on the increase ; but the following table, prepared with some care from official reportă to the Legislature of Massachusetts, for the last five years, establishes the fact that upon the whole, and in view of the great accumulation of travel, they are on the decrease :

Persons
Number of Passengers

crossing
miles run carried in Passengers in public

Walking on
Year.

by traing.
the cars.

the cars.

works. track. Employees.

K'd. In'd. K'd. In'd. K'd. In'd. K'd. In'd. 1847.

3,427,506 5,694,887 12 16 4 4 9 3 22 14 1848

4,074,296 7,607,495 16 48 3 1 15 10 17 13 1849. 4,459,827 8,951,351 9

1 2 20 6 28 22 1850.. 4,740,007 9,511,639 7 14 4 4 10

21 21 1851..... 4,900,537 10,129,676 3 9 11

31 5 22 6

Total .... 21,602,173 44,895,048 47 95 29 20

85 80 110 77 From the above table, it will be seen that the average number of accidents for the year 1851, on the miles traveled, should be 111, whereas it was only 93; and the average number of accidents to passengers transported for that year should be 34

whereas it was only 12-say 3 killed and 9 injured; while at the same time, it will appear that accidents to persons strolling on tħe track, or in positions where they have no occasion to be found, are on the increase ; and it is a matter of serious consideration whether the Legislature should not interpose to abate the evil, by attaching some penalty to such trespassers.

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OUR INTERIOR COMMERCIAL CENTERS. Our interior Commerce has several centers—one is at Pittsburg, at the head of the Ohio River; another is at Buffalo, at the foot of Lake Erie; a third is at Chicago, at the head of Lake Michigan; and a fourth is at St. Louis, below the out-flow of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. There is also an immense Commerce that centers midway of the Ohio Valley, reaching up the Muskingum, the Wabash, the Cumberland, and other natural streams, and back into Ohio and Indiana, by artificial channels. Statistics, showing the radiations of trade and travel from these commercial centers, are interesting and valuable. We glean the following from a report lately made to the Senate by the Secretary of the Treasury:Travel to and from Pittsburg, 1861...

•passengers 466,856 St. Louis

867,795 Buffalo...

622,423 Chicago

199,883 Total during year ending June 30, 1851.....

1,656,957

Steamers. Tonnage. Passengers. [n 1851, St. Louis district had...

131 31,833 367,793 New Orleans...

109 18,590 434,000 Pittsburg...

112 16,942 466,856 Louisville.

61 16,180 150,000 Cincionati.

111 24,707 2,190,000 Buffalo.....

42 25,989 597,887 Detroit.

47 16,468 721,430 Chicago

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661 84,900 Ferryboat passengers are included, and the number of passengers at Cincinnati, Detroit, &c, are thereby largely increased.

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INFLUENCE OF RAILROADS. The Hon. Charles SUMNER, United States Senator from Massachusetts, in a late speech, thus eloquently and classically describes the influence of railroads on civilization.

It would be difficult to exaggerate the influence of roads as a means of civilization. This, at least, may be said: where roads are not, civilization cannot be; and civilization advances as roads are extended. By these religion and knowledge are diffused; in. tercourse of all kinds is promoted; the producer, the manufacturer, and the consumer, are all brought nearer together; Commerce is quickened; markets are opened ; property, wherever touched by these lines, is changed as by a magic rod into new values ; and the great current of travel, like that stream of classic fable, or one of the rivers of our own California, flows in a channel of golden sand. The roads, together with the laws of ancient Rome, are now better remembered thau her victories. The Flaminian and Appian ways-once trod by returning pro-consuls and tributary kingsstill remain as beneficent representatives of her departed grandeur. Under God, the road and the schoolmaster are the two chief agents of human improvement. The education begun by the schoolmaster, is expanded, liberalized, and completed by intercourse with the world; and this intercourse finds new opportunities and inducements in every road that is built.

Our country has already done much in this regard. By a remarkable line of steam communications, chiefly by railroads, our whole population is now, or will be soon, brought close to the borders of Iowa. The citizens of the southern seaboard-Charleston, Savannah, and Mobile-are already stretching their lives in this direction ; while the traveler from all the principal points of the northern seaboard—from Portland,

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