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Slit, —It is being asserted, as something new and of great importance, that a Mr Hugh Poole and his aon have just discovered a few pieces of gold-bearing stone on the sides of the road-line leading up from the main North road to the Double Hill, and it is expected that a considerable area of the Blueskin district will yet be found to be gold bearing. It may be, and probably is, ll a new and important discovery " to the Messrs Poole, but it certainly is not news to the "old identities" that gold is widely distributed over the Blueskin district both in its rocks and gravel. Why, sir, as far back as 18G1, and between the two great rushes, Lindis and Tuapeka, of that year, fair prospects were obtained in thegravel of the Waitati River and Kilmog Creek. Besides many good specimens of rock were procured in several localities lying between the Waitati to tho south, Waikouaiti No'th, and Taieri River to the west. It is also a matter of local history that more than one party of diggers remained working in the gullies to the west of the main road and east of the south branch of the Waikouaiti River for many years, asserting that they were doiug well, and most certainly they Btuck to their claims during tho rushes to the Lakes, the West Coast, and other well-known good fields ; in fact, till they considered the payable ground in the locality worked out. While many of us have accurate knowledge of what has been done in the district in days gono by, and know that gold is widely distributed over much of the north-western portion of the district, I have not for years heard anything from a reliable person that would justify the opinion that gold can be extracted from tither rock or gravel in sufficient quantity to ensure even "day laborers'" wages. If th'J Messrs Poole have discovered anything that will yield a fair average wage, and will the exuet locality where, say, a dozen diggers can earn a living, they will have outericd a benefit on the community and deserve well of their neighbors. But if nothing more than a few specks to the dish have been found, then muckle try has bf.en made over little 'oo; and although the day has passed in O'.ago for big rushes ami great excitement, with something more than execrations showered on those who mislead to :i " shisher," anything but goodwill must still be felt to the deceiver by the deceive.], who have speut their time and money in the put suit of a will o' the wisp. Having had s'.mo painful experiences of " duffer rushes," and having an extensive and practical -knowledge of the district referred to, togother with a ger.uine desire to forward the true interests thereof, must be my apology for thus trespa»sing and advising all seeking to mak« a living by mining iu the locality indicated to at present Bu>E A WIEE. Dunedin, June 5.

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ALLEGED DISCOVERY OF GOLD., Issue 7926, 6 June 1889

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ALLEGED DISCOVERY OF GOLD. Issue 7926, 6 June 1889

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