[from our own correspondent. 1 Upper Woodstock, July 6. Having heard a few days ago that many people are leaving Ashburton for Woodstock rush, some even selling off their property at great loss, I thought that a little advice may not bo out of place from one who is on the field and can judge accurately of the state of affairs. Advice has been sent from here to the effect that men cannot do wrong in coming, as work is plentiful at 12s a day ; but I beg to contradict this, as 10s a day is the usual wages, and they may think themselves very fortunate if they get this, as there is really no work going on except mining. The only class of workmen likely to find employment is experienced miners, and they are so plentiful as to be offering themselves for 8s a day. Let those who are breaking up their homes to coma here pause and reflect before it is too late. If married men, let them think of the hardships and privations their wives and children will have to endure. They cannot quickly make homes here, but will have to content themselves with tents as others do. People really cannot know what they are coming to. Each one expects to make a “ rise,” but as “ rises ” are not so easily made, they are much more likely to ms ke a fall. They forget that while all shafts bottomed on gold are published, the duffers are generally left unmentioned.
Married men, or those having dependants, had better not come here, but stay where they are sure of making a little ; if single men do come and get no work or get '‘duffered out,” they will gain valuable experience, and no one will suffer but themselves. A great many are deceiving themselves with the thought that there are very few “ duffers ” sunk here, and work is plentiful, but I wish these to know that they are deceiving themselves, and if they come here with those impressions they will certainly repent it. I hope this may prevent any from breaking up their homes and coming here rashly.
The “ own correspondent ” of the Lyttelton Times, writing from Woodstock, says:—“The population is steadily increasing ; the business people, who have the best means of knowing what is really going on, are eagerly building stores,etc.; huts are taking the place of tents.; and the whole township looks thriving and prosperous. More that, this: down a mile and a half away in the depths of the bush, stores are going up and business sites are being sold on the ground already pegged out and in process of working. Nevertheless, I would not advise anyone to come who is not prepared to face hard work and disappointment. If every claim bottomed on gold, as the first five or six did, of course we should have an immense rush. It is not to be expected that'this can be the case. But there is-such an enormous amount of untried country, all j aat as likely to contain gold as the land about Upper Woodstock, all of the same character, and all knowr to be auriferous, that, as I said before, young men with a small amount of ready money to carry them over the: two to five weeks. required for sinking a shaft, might do worse than try it.”
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WOODSTOCK., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 683, 8 July 1882
WOODSTOCK. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 683, 8 July 1882
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