Waikato Times, Volume XV, Issue 1315, 2 December 1880, Page 3
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THE AROHA RUSH. TO THE EDITOR. Sir,— Notwithstanding the warnings of the Press in different parts of the Australias given to those stricken with the gold fever, numbers of well-to-do business people continue to throw up certainties for uncertainties in order to proceed to the rush. No sooner have one or two claims struck gold than a stampede ensues, and numbers of people, without waiting for reliable news as regards the value of the stone unearthed, at once pack up ancl are off, sacrificing everything. This applies as well to the rush to Te Aroha as to anywhere else, and I have been informed that at the present moment there are scores of persons literally doing nothing on the field, beyond walking hither and thither prospecting. It is a very easy matter to peg off claims, procure leases, &c.,but a very difficult one to forsej^in what direction the m?in line of reef runs, and to determine the allimportant fact — Is it payable if found ? Out of the 800 or 900 on the ground, perhaps there are only one or two hundred experienced miners, who have paid dearly for their wanderings. The remainder may have never taken a pick in hand. I do not wish to discourage those who have such firm faith in Te Aroha, but only to caution them to be careful until more work is done by thoee already on the line of reef. — I am, &c, GIOTION. Cambiidge, December Ist, 1880.
There are only 500 persons Jiving at the place where gold was first discovered n (Worm