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THE WOODSTOCK RUSH., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 687, 13 July 1882
THE WOODSTOCK RUSH.
[from OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.! Upper Woodstock, July 8. In my lasi 1 told you that Bannerman and party had bottomed, and got two grains to the dish. This was quite correct, bub I am sorry to say subsequent investigations proved that there was only one foot of wash, so the party have thrown the claim up as a duffer, although they at first thought they had dropped on something very good. Such is a gold-miner’s life. Another party of Canterbury men were also duffared-out last week. The “ Oxfords” claim has been improving wonderfully. The party drove fairly into the lead about the beginning of the week, and could show from one to seven grains to the dish, and sometimes oven more. Their’s were the best prospect r I have seen in Woodstock, but it did not continue long, for on Saturday they had parsed through it, and could hardly get a quarter-grain to the dish. The lead must, therefore, undoubtedly be very narrow. A new shaft has been sunk on the ground next the Oxfords', lately occupied by the Italians (all of whom left but one, thinking the ground worked out), and has bottomed with excellent prospects—some dishes giving six grains. Hathaway and party, who a few weeks ago could got but little more than twelve grains for half a day’s cradling, can now show two grains to the dish, and to-day cradled fourteen pennyweights in an hour and a half, the dirt going over half an ounce to the load. A paddock of about
thirty-five loads was washed up last week, and gave seventeen ounces twelve pennyweights, thus averaging two grains to the dish, which is very good.
From a Hokitika paper of the sth inat. we extract the following interesting account of the new rush The lead o; gold at Woodstock has now been proved for a width of from two to six claims, by a length of one mile and a quarter. The lead is extending in both directions, and new claims are being taken up every day. The heavy rain of the past few days rather damped the spirits of a few miners who had just commenced operations, and were not well provided with dwelling accommodation. The fine weathor of yesterday made the population active again, and notwithstanding the many inconveniences and hardships to be met on a new goldfield, the opinion could be heard everywhere expressed that the rush is progressing most favorably, and all aro° perfectly satisfied that Woodstock will prove itself, in the course of a few months, to be able to maintain a largo and prosperous population. M'Donald °and party were reported yesterday, to have obtained an excellent prospect from their claim, which is situated on the north west of the corduroy track about one and a quarter miles from the main road. It was reported that they obtained a quarter of a pennyweight to the dish, with four feet of wash. Johnson and party closo by, were also reported to have got on similar gold. As there are two or three M'Donalds on the field, we may say that the claim-holder now referred to is a miner who has long been known on this Coast, as a prospector in the southern district. Ho was lately located at Mapourika, where he did not meet with the best of fortune, and only a few weeks ago changed his abode, which change he is not likely to regret. An experienced miner informed us yesterday that he tried several dishes and he believes it will yield fully half an ounce to the load in the three or four feet of wash he tried. They went through eight or nine feet of wash before reaching the bottom, and it is believed that, with water, the whole of the stuff will be payable. We were also informed by a member of the Public Works Committee of the County Council that on Wednesday last he obtained a quarter of a pennyweight from a dish of wash from Hope, Palmer and party’s claim, situate at the back of Stephen’s Commercial Hotel, about ten chains from the prospectors’ claim, along the Ross road, proving the lead of that width. Others are reported to have got gold even beyond this. The most general satisfaction appears to prevail amongst the miners at the results already obtained, and it is confidently believed that the ground will not be limited to the extent already opened, but chat as the spring ( advances a great impetus will be given to the already large population. Compared with the golden holes, the duffers already sunk have been limited. Nearly all the claims on gold are pronounced payable, and many, beyond question, will be highly remunerative. The country is fast assuming the appearance of a permanent goldfield. An immense amount of work has been done during the last two months, and substantial mining appliances are being constructed in all directions. Building appears to have commenced again. Mr Costello from Ross has begun to erect a large hotel, aad Mrs Piezzi has called for tenders with a similar object. Mr Manson, draper, has purchase 1 a section and purposes removing his building at Kumara, next the Empire Hotel, to the new rush. Mr Hansen intends to add a billiard room to his hotel, and Mr Glossop is still enlarging and improving his premises. Mrs Blick is doing a roaring trade in her restaurant, about sixty persons sitting down to dinner daily. Numbers of others are extending their premises with a view to the increasing trade.
The following items from our West Coast exchanges, of recent date, will also be found interesting : The Woodstock rush is still extending without break or discouragement of any kind. According to the local press, Goodfellow and party have bottomed on gold about two miles down the lead. This must be very encouraging. So far as is known, the prospects obtained are of the same even nature, in the majority of cases, not exceeding eight or ten dwts to the load. Duncan and party have just washed up 35 loads, from which they obtained of clean gold. At the Woodstock rush, Paul and party, whose claim is about a mile down the lead, have bottomed. They have passed through 4ft of wash, which gives a good prospect. Better days are dawning at Reefton. Saturday night last (Bth inst ) in spite of the rain and slush, saw Broadway as it has seldom, if ever, been seen before. From an early hour in the afternoon people began to arrive in town, and by dusk all the hotel bars, the footpaths, and even the streets, were crowded with persons in various stages of share-craze. The splendid return from the Wealth of Nations Company gave a strong impulse to transactions in those shares, and up to the hour of closing, the telegraph office was thronged with an excited crowd uf brokers, newspaper correspondents, and others putting the finishing stroke on the day’s proceedings. But business did not close with the telegraph office, but seemed to go on with renewed zest, and up to midnight the ball was kept rolling at full speed. There is, of course, no way of estimating the precise amount of business done, but it is some gauge in that direction to state that close upon two hundred transfer forms were sold by Mr Cohen, stationer, alone, on Saturday. But such is the favorable aspect of mining undertakings from one end of the field to the other, that there is the very strongest probability of yet busier times in store. During the past week (ending the Bth inst) the Keep-it-Dark Company crushed 176 tons of stone, and obtained 2900 z of amalgam from the top plates only. The Reefton share market was exceptionally brisk on Saturday and during the week, owing to the great prosperity in the Wealth of Nations mine. The Eclipse shares advanced rapidly, and continue in demand.
THE WOODSTOCK RUSH., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 687, 13 July 1882
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