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THE STEWART ISLAND TIN DISCOVERIES.

- ■'■ ♦ WHAT PROFESSOR BLACK THINKS. Our Inveroirgill correspondent wires: — " Profeesor Black, m the coarse of a speech on the tin discoveries at Stewart Island, said he looked upon the occasion as a great one. fie hoped that it would prove memorable as marking the beginning of the tin mining industry m Few Zealand. He strongly believed that it would. He might, of course, be wrong, but it would not be right for bim to speak strongly nntil ? respecting had advanoed a further stage here was this to be said m favor of entertaining good hopes t tbey had the alluvial tin m one seotion of the oountry, and it extended all the way from that section right up to the Jtemarkables. The alluvial tin, of wbich there was a large quantity, had travelled down water courses. Then to the east of the Remarkables, and between them and the rocks known as The Brothers, tbey had found alluvial. There was a flat there where the tin was considerably better than anything they bad befpie seen, on the western side. Th n, m a straight line between two alluvial sections, they had tin~bearing lodes. The first lode on the south-western side was a foot wide with tin all through it. That established a connection between the lode and the alluvial sections on the east and west. If alluvial tin had been found alone he would not bave attached so much importance to it. It might only bave existed In small particles, and perhsps' have soon disappeared altogether, but when the lodes were found on a mountain range with alluvial tio spreading away on each side tbe oase was different. They oiold see where tbe supply oame from. If lodes existed alone It might be said that the obanpes were that there was not mnoh tin m them, but when they found tbe alluvial tin scattered on river courses for three or fonr miles from where the lodes had been found the case was different; When searching for a lode he had found tin In twenty different plaoes. He wished to say this : that It would be a great mistake at the present time to bave any dealings In shares at all. Everyone with an interest lp the matt-r should simply stick to that Interest till the ground had been thoroughly tested •. If tbey rushed It Into the market they would simply ruin the whole thing. Tbe lode tin oould not be worked without a plant costing £8000 or £10,000 j they would require to have an experienced manager to report on the protpeots and the best method of working, and until then it would be a great mistake to have any dealings m shares. The alluvial tin, however, could be so washed as tp made It worth from £30, £40, £50, and even £60 per ton by simply treating it for exporting, and smelting elsewhere. They had, however, grand natural facilities for carrying out all necessary operations here. There was an abundance of manuka and grand rata, than whloh there was no timber superior for smelting* The rata seemed to bave been grown for the express purpose of smelting tin. —(Laughter.) Speaking of the ore on the top ef the Remarkables. he had never seen a purer sample In his life. It would yield about 75 per oent; the msgln was 78$ per oent. It would therefore be.seen tbat the quality of the lode could hardly he surpassed. Among the Impurities that would have to be worked out of tbe ore was wolfram, tbe pressnoe of which was one of the best things that oould be seen In connection with tin, They bad the very best Indications, but they must not form any rash cono'uslons till the ground had basn opened np and prospected."— Dunedin '' Star.'

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THE STEWART ISLAND TIN DISCOVERIES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2058, 8 February 1889

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THE STEWART ISLAND TIN DISCOVERIES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2058, 8 February 1889

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