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A Golden Newspaper.

' An American contemporary, the San Francisco Call, may justly be considered a “valuable medium” by its readers. For months past its subscribers have been gathering gold from its images—not metaphorically, or as the result of prudent adoption of wise counsel therein contained, but actual solid bullion! One correspondent writes as follows :—“ I had observed previous to last February that the Call, often contained golden nuggets, but from the (Jth of that month to the end it was rare to have a number without its golden show. . From the paper of the Gth I took lifiy-six pieces of gold, the thickness of the Call, and varying in size from that of a small pin head to nearly the size of a three cent piece. I think I have. more than a hundred pieces of gold taken from the paper that month. All left a hole when removed, as the thin film of paper on the inside was rendered brittle by the hard pressure which the calender rolls, gave as they flattened out the golden deposits. In addition to the gold I got platinum, silver, iron, tin, and some lead. ” The editor was altogether unconscious of the presence of these mineral treasures in his journal, but found, after inquiry, that his papermaker was responsible for this introduction. In the manufacture of the paper pulp water was used that had been passed through a flume in which miners had washed dirt, containing all kinds of precious metals. The gold is what is known ns “float gold,” and escapes the miners, who still follow the primitive methods of washing. Some of the water used is taken from artesian wells. The manufacturers had often noticed a substance that glistened in the water, but they supposed it to be mica, as the wells were bored through mica deposits.

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A Golden Newspaper., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 198, 23 November 1880

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A Golden Newspaper. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 198, 23 November 1880

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