LATEST THAMES NEWS. (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) Wednesday. MINING.
City or London, G.G., Queen of Sheba, and Knight of Gwynne Claims.—That which has been accomplished by the shareholders of the City of London Claim constituted an excellent precedent for the guidance of miners in other parts of the Jield, but especially in connection with the working of the country in the immediate neighbourhood of the City of London ground, , which, is situated at the mouth of the Waiokaraka Creek, and adjoins the old and longworked Queen of Sheba, or, to give it its new name, the Queen of Beauty Claim. Acres upon acres of undeveloped and all but untouched likely-looking country surround these claims, which each contain a highly auriferous leader, not identical with the other. These were discovered by patient hap-hazard prospecting and much hard work, the discovery of the City of London vein being particularly noticeable as one of those chance events so common to goklmining. Both this vein and the Queen of Beauty strike, but in different directions, through one spur of the range as it rises from Graham's Flat. "\\ ork is being persistently carried on in both claims. The Queenites are blocking out and again crushing a paddock of valuable stone at Souter'g machine, whilst the City mon have just finished a nob very profitable crushing, but are again breaking out stone of much better quality. The poor stuff came from the higher levels of the mine, and too much stress can scarcely be laid on this important fact by way of encouragement to miners to persevere in sinking, Tn the City Claim the very best prospects were obtained from the lode in the bottom of the shaft at a depth of 90ft. from the level of the adit or tunnel. From the stopes next above the shaft's bottom excellent stone was obtained. This block is not yet exhausted, and will be taken out by degrees ; the chief aim of the shareholders is to deepen the shaft, and clear another stoping block. Beside the above claims, only one, the G.G-. (initials of Golden Goose, the name I believe) is at work in the neighbourhood, The G.G-. is peg-and-peg with the City, and on the opposite side of the latter is the Knight of Gwynne Claim, through which the City leador also strikes, and has been cut in it, but contains more water than can be ovei come by manual labour only. Hence the claim now stands idle, having been sunk in to the depth of 112 ft. and driven some 16ft. from the shaft when the leader was cut, and the flooding of the mine immediately followed, time being scarcely allowed to get a bucket of stuff out on trial. Thllnverness cleaned up to-day atGoodmachinr-, afier 100 torn of stone had been disposed of. The yield of retorted gold amounted to 520z. 17gr. New May Moon t. —The terminal cleaning up at Grove's machine sent GOoz. of gold to market to-day. This result is le3S than was expected, but, for.all that, is good, and places the total return fioni the 150 tons crushed at 2570z. Traaiway Machine. —The Eureka stuff was finished off to-day, after 50 tons or thereabouts had been crushed, but the return will not be to hand until to-morrow. About loz. to the ton is the estimate. A lot of stone from the Great Britain and Brunswick mine follows Eureka through the battery. Goodall's Machine. — Two of the batteiies are crushing as many trial lots from the Inverness Claim, whilst one battery is working on Dixon's No. 1 suiface stuff, which makes a first-rate show on the plates. The other battery starts to-night on a 50-ton parcel from the Inverness tributes Kueanui Plill Tunnel.—l regret to say that this necessary undertaking, which, as you are aware, was commenced a short time since by the united action of the Long Brivo, All Nations, .Inverness, and Junction Companies, has been brought to a standstill by certain proceedings on the paitof some of the Wakatip shaieholders, who have cut ay, ay a section of the tiamw.iy that leads from the mouth of the tunnel across the road to the b auh, and have commenced sinking a shaft professedly for gold. I always understood that peimibsion to enry the tramway across the Wakatip Claim had been conceded by the directors of the Wakatip Company, but it seems some hitch has aiisen about compensation. As it is probable that the occunence Mill be the ground for a civil action m the law couits, J shall refiain from furthei comments at piescnt. Rnorovr.R. —The find of specimens, about ■which so Joud a cry has been made, is undoubtedly good, bub at the same time it may be as well to state, for the sake of the uninitiated, that the stone came horn that block of the old main leader that haa been so loiu; standing towards tbo Kurauui Company's boundary, above the 70ft. level. This lesorvc block has ever been reckoned to contain splendid stone, and will, I am convinced, not belie the opinions foimed upon it.
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