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THE GOLDFIELDS.

MINE MANAGERS' REPORTS. ■May Queen. —Cleaning out and retiniberlug the winze ou No. 4 lode below No. 6 level, in the May Queen mine, has been completed, and the further sinking of the winze resumed. The lode at the bottom has turned over and changed its underlie, which will account for its not having been cut at .No. 9 level where it had been expected. It is probable that, the lode met with recently in the leading stope over the drive on the branch leader at No. 9 level will turn out to be the main .No. 4 lode, as during last week it opened out to some 15in in thickness. A start has now been made to rise to meet the winze. In the southern drive, No. 9 level, the reef is still heavily mineralised. This face has now been dis. continued for a time, owing to the iightuess of the air, and a start made to bring along a leading stope over where the gold was seen beyond the first break passed through some time ago.

Tairua Golden Hills.—The cutting out of chambers has shown the lode to be fully 10ft wide, all carrying profitable values. In the uorth end the lode is somewhat lighter, but prospects well.

Saxon.—This mine has again been opened up under the management of Mr. Jas. Thomas. It will probably take two or three weeks to clean out and repair the drives at No. 4 level, aud after this has been done it is intended to drive on No. 1 reef from the crosscut underneath where the good results were obtained at No. 3 level and upwards, by the previous company: Albumin.—The connection between the top of the main rise and the Sons of Freedom level has not yet been made. The rise is now up a total distance of 555 ft, which is a little above the floor of the Sons of Freedom level, but the soundings show it to be a few feet in the wall, and it will be necessary to drive a short distance from the top of the rise to hole through. The connection should be made some time this week.

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THE GOLDFIELDS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 86, 12 April 1909

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