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SOUTHLAND NOTES

(From.oub own Correspondent.) Rlverton Is Btill without a Mayor, although this fs the tenth time nominations have been invited, and it la freely said that three or fonr of the leading Chinese, who ate naturalised, are now seriously discussing the propriety of one of (hair number being nominated for the position. Weil done, John 1 Riverton, as I aaid In ft previous communication, is one of the prettiest little towns m this island, but the inhabitants thereof are a alow-going lot. There is a remnant of the duiky brethren left, who still adhere to their anolent style of living. There are also m and about Rlveiton from 500 to 6QO Chinese, who Btill have their rice and seem satisfied with it. Mr W. HntohinsoD, formerly of your town, la here, and Mr B. Wake, who, only the other day, was a sohoolboy at Ashton. The forme; is editor of the " Western Star," a well conducted bi-vreekly paper, and the latter *epres<»nti the ju»jasty of the law (Constable Wak?) and has the reputation of being an unerring shot when an unregistered dog is the mark. Mr Wake, slnoe leaving your district, has take a to himself a wife, and is, therefore, now a man amongst us, and from what I know of him I am quite sore that his old friends on the sea coast will wish him well wherever he goes. Harvest work is m fnll awing here now, and the weather is all that oould be desired . ■ Country correspondents to the Rlverton aud Inveroargill pipers make out that the crops are much batter than they have been for a number of years past, which is good news indeed. But wherever I have been they appear to be a great deal lighter, and for the want of rain during the last two months a very large proportion of the oats growing on wet clay land has the appearance of having withered instead of ripened, whloh will not t»l!y up well at the threshing mill, and at la 9 i per bushel, the price offered by the merchants, the poor farmer will be out of it again, aud those who refused 4j a bushel some time ago for last year's oata find they have abused a good thing. However, it is to be hoped the price will Improve before long. As to the tin discoveries la the Stewart Island I know but little about them, as I have never been on the ground, but tihe several geologists who have vfcited the locality Bay it is right, and let us all hope suoh Is the oaae. As there are a number of the Melbourne, Sydney, and Tasmanian boys on the field, who 1 am told are well up m bringing about an excitement at a time like this, and as knowledge is strength, we who are comparatively green horns fthonld bear In, mind that it is not •11 gold that glitters. To show how one man may take advantage of another I will, with yonr permission very briefly, relate how the Tasmanians obtained their first knowledge of the evils attending the scrip business. About 19 years ago, your correspondent In company with three others discovered a small leader oontaining gold m the Waterhouse district, 60 miles from Launeeston, Tasmania, but on finding there was nothing payable In the locality I left for Melbourne, my mates still holding on. Iv the meantime a equttter — on whose run the claim was situated took a share, when a few saoko of picked atone were got out and taken to Melbourne by the squatter, who by the way was aJ P. The stone yielded at the rate of 30 ouaoes to the ton, and as there was a great, mining boom m Victoria at the time, the J,P. managed to sell the claim for £6000 to a syndicate, half m cash aud balance In ecrlp. Agents were at onoa despatched to make the necessity arrangements for floating a large company, henoe the great excitement. Managers and directors were appointed, and m a few weeks sharebrokers and mining exchanges spruug into existence, and the people got actually mad and bought up all the sorlp that was issued, thereby enabling the enterprising Melbournifcbs to return to their homes, gainers by their trip to the extent of some £60,000. Powe'fql maohinery was ordered from V/otoria and erected on the claims, and after eight 01 nine months spent In getting oat stone the stampers were set to work. The result was snob, that a.ll operations stopped shdrt, never 4o go again. While the boom waa on another ] " young man from Victoria," named Ellis, made for the reefs, and at once took up a olaim on the Ifna of a barren reef, sunk a shaft and drove a Bhort distance. He then loaded a gun with Qua gold, fired it Into the rugged quartz and reported that he had Btruok it " heavy," the result being that he sold oat for £15COaasb, with whloh he proceeded to set out for pastures new. However, as John said of hla watch, whloh went too alow, he was "too muohee by-andbye," and was arrested on. a vessel which was just on the po>nt of sailing for Melbourne* When J. last heard of him be was safely • under look and key, and serve him right. ' The foregoing may not be of maoh 1 interest to your readers, who, are principally farmer*, nevertheless It is all fact : and goes, to show that, la some Instances, 1 at least, M man la vile." TV TJI March 4, 1839. ' ' '

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SOUTHLAND NOTES, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2085, 12 March 1889

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SOUTHLAND NOTES Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2085, 12 March 1889

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