31 AUGUST 1867, Page 1

Two very important railways have been opened this week. One,

over Mont Cenis, on a plan devised by Mr. Fell, an American, completes the railway communication between France and Italy. The journey from Paris to Turin can now be made in eighteen hours, and the diligence service over the mountain will shortly be taken off. The other, or Brenner line, completes direct communi- cation between Innsbruck and Bautzen, that is, in fact, between the entire Italian and entire German systems of lines. Italy is thus tapped on two sides, and she will, moreover, speedily have a direct weekly communication via Brindisi with Alexandria and the East. The opening of this new line will be severely felt in Malta, which will shortly find itself out of its old place as a station on the Overland route.