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Sir, —1 see in Saturday night’s issue that one signing himself “ Bona Fide ” expresses astonishment at the numerous mining companies floated daring the past few weeks. He says: “ People with little or no money are taking up claims all over the country with the anticipation of making a rise.” “ Bona Fide” may or may not have served on the goldfields. He says claims should be granted to none other than those who have money to work them. This, I think, would crash the life clean out of mining altogether. Is it outside capital, sir, that baa kept mining alive and led up to the present activity on our goldfields ? Ah! no; something grander and better than mere cold-blooded coinage. Is not our present prosperity due to the rare eourage and daring instinct of the true Gimbucino ? Here and there some brave soul has ever pointed the way, and held aloft the rugged and sacred banner on oar goldfields. If “Bona Fide” covets ground already taken up, I see no reason why he should not pay for it. If he wishes to take up ground on his own hook surely there is room enough in the country for him. Let him go and “screw his courage” to some bleak spot, and, when he has made the gullies ring with the sound of mining tools and the laugh of little children, when he sees the blue curling smoke from the digger’s but twisting upward past the snow-olad peaks, he will know that he has won the everlasting gratitude of his fellows.—! am, etc., J.H.D. Port Chalmers, September 7-

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ROOM FOR ALL., Issue 8007, 9 September 1889

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ROOM FOR ALL. Issue 8007, 9 September 1889

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