"If, then, such be the fruit of the Glasgow and Ayr Line, what may be
expected from a line that is to traverse the finest coal and iron fields in
Scotland, and which shall connect the Solway Firth and the Firth of Clyde,
thereby offering a true outlet to the produce of one of the most important
districts of Scotland?  *** To suppose that the Legislature would give the
preference to the Caledonian Line, would resemble the case of the farmer who
would apply the advantages of irrigation to the sterile lands of his farm,
and deny it to the fertile plains." -Mr. LEADBETTER'S speech to the Ayr
Railway Company. -Glasgow Constitutional, 17 August.