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THE MOUNT IDA GOLDFIELD.

TO THE EDITOB. Sir, —In these days of " big booms " in quartz mining at Nenthorn and dredging and beach claims on the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers, and of the deep leads at Blacks and Tinkers, it might not be out of place to mention a few of the likely localities in this district where equally good, if not better, prospects could be obtained. From an experience of a quarter of a century in this district, 1 may be presumed to know somewhat of the subject I am writing od. Without saying one word of disparagement of the value of the discoveries at Nenthorn, the Shotover, Blacks, and Tinkers it might be worth while, seeing so much capital is being diverted from this district for the development of the mineral riches of the localities mentioned, that a word should be said for the Mount Ida district. As an alluvial field it is, without doubt, without an equal in the colony. It has been worked for the last twenty-six years to the advantage of those who have ventured their capital in it; acd, in my opinion, it will continue to be worked for the next hundred years. What is wanted to assure its permanency is the construction of the reservoir at the head of the Eweburn for the conservation of the storm water, which would enable the miners to work continuously nearly all the year round, which now flows unprofitably into the Taieri River. The best alluvial field is in Spec Gully, near Naseby, the gold obtained from which is heavier and weighs better than any gold obtained around. The other day I saw a sample of gold obtained from a prospecting shaft sunk in this gully, which gave about half an ounce of gold in pieces of not less than a grain each. This gully is not a small one, but is about fourteen miles in' length, with small gullies here and there running into it, all more or less of an auriferous character. So far I have been writing of alluvial mining, but to come to quartz, many reefs are lying here waiting development. Quartz reefs are known to exist at the Maerewhenua Pass, behind the Burster Diggings, the head of the Otomatata River, the head of the Kyebura, the top of Spec Gully, and across the Ewebutn, and also at Garibaldi and Cambridge Diggings, at the source of the Pigburn. Heavy gold has also been found at the Houndburn, and on a line towards Mount Highlay. Mr Mackay, the Government geologist, reported that large deposits of white quartz drift were to be found on the terraces near the head of the Eweburn, the same a 8 are at St. Bathans Basin, but, strange to say, no prospecting has been done to prove their value. He predicted also that rich deposits of gold would be found on the Kakanui Range, but so far as I know no one has prospected for it. All the indications of gold are apparent here, schist rock, etc., but no prospecting has been carried on. In conclusion, I would recommend to our miners and business people here the great advantages to be derived in encouraging the prospecting and developing of the mineral riches which exist in our midst, and from which we will reap a direct and indirect benefit therefrom instead of, as we are at present, assisting to develop the mineral wealth of adjoining counties to the impoverishment of our own.—l am, etc., Minbe. Maniototo, September 2.

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THE MOUNT IDA GOLDFIELD., Evening Star, Issue 8006, 7 September 1889

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THE MOUNT IDA GOLDFIELD. Evening Star, Issue 8006, 7 September 1889

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