11 JULY 1931, Page 3

Across Africa by Railway The opening of the last stretch

wanted to complete the railway from Benguela, on the West Coast of Africa, to Beira was celebrated last week. It is the presence of copper fields in Katanga, developed with British capital and by the enterprise of Sir Robert Williams, that has justified the construction of the railway, and the new transcontinental route, which links up with the Cape to Cairo system, will benefit the whole of central Africa, whether in British or other control. The regions served by the line, Portuguese, Belgian or British territory owe much of their development to British brains and capital, and these enterprises should be a valuable corrective of narrow imperialism, for they would not have been conceived by any mind concentrated entirely upon the improvement of what is OUT own.