The secretary of tho Nokomai Hydraulic Sluicing Company reports that a wash-up was made at No. 1 elevator, the roturn being 2340z 7dwt for tho paddock. A start was made on Friday to strip the top material in tho next paddock. No. 2 had finished the top material to a depth of 24ft on Thursday, and elevating was resumed. No. 3 made a wash-up on Monday, the result being 420z sdwt for five days' sluicing on apieco of high reef. The elevator has been removed, and sinking was made over the high bar. It is expected that the next paddock will be in the deep ground. The Rise and Shine No. 1 dredge made 6ft ahead last week, and got fair prospects on a clay and coal bottom. Tho cut was 500 ft wide, and had an average depth of 45ft. The Rise and Shine No. 2 dredgo worked a, cut of 180 ft, making 16ft ahead, There was no change in the nature of the ground, which varied from 46ft to 50ft in depth. CROMWELL NOTES. Tho return of over lOOoz from tho Electric dredge during tho past week caused a little excitement in mining circles, and it is freely reported that tho dredge has every prospect of a run of payable returns. In topping the contrary last week the dredge had to contend with a varying river, and a portiou of tho cut towards tho centre or tho river could not be worked, but the dredge will be dropped back to this on a more favorable river. The ground now being worked is that which the management expected to strike earlier in tho season, but there was a slight miscalculation as to the exact locar lityInformation received last week states that the 909 dredge, formerly tho property of two local investors, but recently disposed of to a party of clredgemen at Roxburgh, sank in the Molyncux River, near Coal Creek, on Friday. At the time of tho" disaster prospects were said to be very satisfactory. The dredgo, it is reported, was' covered by an insurance policy for a small amount. The Roaring Meg Hydraulic Company are still engaged shifting the plant up stream, in the hope of striking shallower ground. Prospects on the Shine dredge indicate a continuation of recent returns.—Own correspondent, December'l4..
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MINING., Evening Star, Issue 15677, 16 December 1914