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NENTHORN JOTTINGS., Issue 8003, 4 September 1889
[From Ocb Own Correspondent.] Since my first visit to Nenthorn, about ten weeks ago, the township itself has greatly improved in appearance. At that time the principal business places consisted of two cook shops (built of sods), two small stores, and a few other buildings of equally unpretentious appearance—larger buildings being, however, in course of erection, notably those of Messrs Maloney, Ryan, and Griffin. Now, quite a small township exists, and one can obtain almost anything, “ from a needle to an anchor,” as the saying goes ; and opposition being the life of trade, prices (formerly extremely high) can now compare with those of any other up-country township. 6ne great drawback is the water supply, but that can, and in time no doubt will, be remedied. By the erection of a windmill good water could be obtained, plentifully and at small cost. Regarding the claims, I will begin with the Crcesus, it being now in full working order, and crushing commenced. The mine and battery managers both deserve great credit for the way in which they have carried opt thejr work, and I think the first washing pp will show a very satisfactory return to the shareholders. The Eureka at its trial crushing gave a highly satisfactory return, but discreditable rumors which have since arisen regarding it have somewhat shaken faith in it. These are, I think, without foundation. The Blue Slate, Zeal§pd)a. Consolidated, and Daddy have all done well in their trial prpshings, and the sooner they are proved further the better. The shareholders in the Prospectors claim are showing a good example in pushing forward work. Their battery is on the ground, and we may shortly expect to hear something more of them. A few more such energetic men with capital are greatly required on the field. Sinking by day labor is being carried out on the Homeward Bound, about which there was so much talk some time ago, and I hear from some of the shareholders that they intend sinking a shaft by contract. Some stone from this claim which J saw crushed gave a remarkably good yield. The Garibaldi, op the §ame line, has also befn
prospected, and fair reports are current respecting it, I intend to see more of these two. So many claims have been pegged out that it would be useless to particularise all; but I hear of several that I may yet visit. It is rumored that a seam of coal has been found within a few miles of the township. Should the rumor prove true it will be a great benefit to the district. The excitement has of late spread to the Highlay district. The Maori Hen was the first pegged out on Dolphin’s run along the Mareburn Creek, and the stone now shown at Nenthorn is said to be a fair specimen. Other claims have since been pegged out, but I would like to visit them before saying much about them. There is also some talk of another claim—The Eclipse—on the other side of the range from Mareburn, and great things are spoken of it. The width of the reef is said to be eighteen feet, but I have not seen it. Very good stone has been taken from the Justice claim, halfway between Macraes and Nenthorn, and is now being crushed in Dunedin, Shares have gone up rapidly, and I hear from good authority that a lawsuit is pending over a repudiated sale of one half share, A great many unsuitable persons come to these diggings expecting to obtain work immediately, and are, of course, disappointed. In the course of time practical men will certainly be required. Capital is also required, a great many claims being owned by men who have not the means to work them themselves, but who would be willing to sell a part of their interest at low rates. The weather during the past week has been favorable, and diggers show more inclination to go to work than to hang about the town drinking, as has been the case.
NENTHORN JOTTINGS., Issue 8003, 4 September 1889
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