THE UREWERA COUNTRY.
OPENED? JFOR : MINING PURPOSES. IS THE GOLD THERE t ; • ..The • announcement . in _ last 3 evening??; paper that the Ure\yera country, Was. now \ open for. mining purposes should tend, to j give those people who have always stated ■ they knew where .to -find 'gold if only' they, could, get. permission to prospeetj; an opportunity to prove the, truth of their assertions. There has.for years, been a, .belief in many quarters that, gold does exist in the. Urewera country, but; that' may be due to the fact, that- until within ■ recent- times it- was -practically- closed- to i Europeans, "and far-off, -fields ..are- ever green. At the same time there are. so many stories' 'related by men who state that they have seen reef* in .the Urewera country, that' it; inclines one to the idea that there must be some substratum of truth. When the-Hon. J. Garrpll was at Kuatoki about a year ago, a prospector was waiting there, who made no secret of it that-he" represented a syndicate, and that lie knew where reefs existed;' As;a sign of his faith he'had; taken out a miner's right on the' goldfieids.— "- This man showed some samples ■ of- '-quartz which, he said, came from'reefs in the district. ' ' ~ One gentleman in Auckland tells a very interesting story of how, years: ago he saw gold-beariug quartz in the tire' wera country, "which he-estimated to be worth fully 3* ozs to the pound. ■ He also alleges that-he knows where there is a reef 74 feet across, from which a bit of stene on the outcrop ; assayed; over; 13/----per ton. , .'•..- Perhaps the.most definite "statement is with; regard to the finding of the picked stone. "I was staying," he states, "in a wooden house the chief had lent mc. It had been tapu, as it belonged to a'French priest who was there in Te Kooti's time; I understand that he was sent out of the country afterwards, and said'that gold existed in the Urewera, The "chief .who lent mc, the house was very particular as it was tapu, \ and he' used' to lock mc in each night, or rathejr' locked the door' on mc to keep anyone else from getting in. One night I reached up to take a Maori weapon from the wall, when "suddenly a bag fell down on my bed, and, upon examining it, I saw rich specimens. I knocked at the door and got someone to fetch the chief., I showed him the, stone and he became very excited. He said he knew where it came from, and promised to show ine the place. According to his story he had covered the find up. I never saw the place,.for the simple reason that a fortnight later the' old chief passed on ■to his forefathers. "What annoys mc," he added, "is that some years agOj when I applied to Mr. Seddon to. have this land opened.to mining, it was. not done, and now, when it is proclaimed, they do it just, at the beginning of winter, and. I can hardly move on account of rheumatics." It will be seen that this story is pretty circumstantial, and' proves' that goldbearing stone was seen in the Urewera country, but that there is no proof that it was -dug out of the ground' there. There is, however, the confirmation of the fact that there was a priest within the Urewera country at .the time of Te Kooti's trouble, and that he had to leave. It still remains for the prospector to absolutely prove the existence of goldbearing lodes in the land of the "Children of the Mist." WELLINGTON PROSPECTORS INTERESTED. WELLINGTON, this day. Enquiries are being made as to the prospects of getting up a party to prospect the Urewera Country under the proclamation just issued.
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