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, / ,( F . R P¥ iO.UB OWX v CORRKSPOIvP-aNT. ) , . September 18./ ,* Since the^clate of my" last letter, mining matters here aye. daily assuming a more permanent appearance, both as regards tl\e extension of golden ground 'and tlje number of new ,co"mers which are pouring -in daily fiom quarters.' -Of the latter a goodly number are, , to all appearance, from Australia,' as .they arp easily knojra • by their." rig." * " . - ■ \ The claims' 'that are in ;full wording order are all paying handsomely for the labor expended on them, and some of the claim-hplclprs are getting the gojd even .in quantities which it would be unwise .to' 'mention, as tlfere is already a sufficient' number of ,men here to hold the ground, likely to be opened for some time. On ! Saturday last a claim "wasjjottomed about' eight claims in advance of the last golden j .hole) at a depth of about forty, feet, witha satisfactory prospect. The shareholders are, now busily engaged iii cutting the timber necessary for the working of the claim.- I hope they wilLb.e k well r-ewarded-as they have worked-. hard. for the last twelve . weeks, and finished, off with the third shaft, having 'had "a great amount of water to contend with. This has caused a great many claims to bo taken up whipli were previously abandoned. Within the last few days several shares have changed, hands at from L9O to Ll4o— none of these being the particular fancy pnes, as some of them would take a pretty large figure to buy them out. v Yesterday afternoon the old rumor of a rush with great prospects and , shallow/ sinking, somewhere between- here and the' New River, was circulated in town. So \% was " lielter-skelter " through the scrub, and, being always ready for a run, I was in the crowd, and arrived with the others at the spot— a'large flat about one mile from the township. The first business was to peg out, and, in a short time, a large area of ground was secured by thosepresent. The prospectors, who have been working in this quarter- for some time) were busily engaged,, and' on our arrival. ; were quite surprised when they were told the yarn ; however, they are getting on pretty well in sinking, being clown to-day about twelve feet, and- obtaining a little gold, but not. being, in my opinion or theirs, near the bottom. The miners who are taking up ground alongside entertain ' a good opinion of ilie place. 'If they, get gold payable, there is ground here to employ a large population. In my next I hope to be able to.giveyou a more cheering account of the rush, as it would be the settling-down of a few of iilie unfortunates who have wandered for a long time in search, of a golden hole. As regards the tail-races for the drainage of the claims, I paid a special visit to-day to see the'progress made since I last saw them, and was agreeably surprised to find - the work progressing so well. They have already finished from the Lagoon in an open ditch some 58 yards, and by culvert 32 yards, which it is proposed to continue all the way. Its measurement is 3by 2 feet in tlio clear, and closely timbered both roof ami sides. • Having passed through from eujcl to end, I can vouch for the substantial manner in which the work is done. Having had some experience in work of this sort myself,-1 am entitled to express an opinion. There arj some. 40 1 yards more of the culvert ready fo.r laying, and over a sluice-head of water.rumiing : in fclft channel already, which is daily increasing as the depth of stripping is now about 14 feet .and rapidly increasing. When .- finished ' I think it will benefit a great many of the claims in the immediate vicinity. I must say that the-.quantity of work done in the time by the number of men, always considering the heavy work entailed, augurs well for its completion witliin tlie, month. But I must not ""omit to mention the expression of thanks of the men made at a meeting held last night, to 1 the feav merchante of Greymoutli who. subscribed towards the carrying out of the . tail-race. For myself. I must say I was quite surprised on looking over the hist to see that the names of so few of the many merchants of Glreyniouth. appeared on. it, wiiereas the storekeepers on this place subscribed handsomely. However, the - : miners are determined to carry the work' out "on their own hook." As for No. 2 ra^e, it is progressing well, the work being ; carried on in the same manner as the other, i and nowi about half finished. Butas.they 1 have a greater depth of clay- on the surface, tins renders tlie work a little heavier, • as the former is mostly gravel which clears ' cleanly off. the shovel. But" all praisa is due to them for the manner in Avhichthey 1 have stuck to tlie work, as in a great many cases of tlie kind a few. are to' be found who do not pull with the others, but here I think there is-little of thaj^ To-day. we had a bi+ of sport at" the. christening of a claim close to Mr Miscampbell's store, which was -done by one ', of the ladies from the All Nations Hotel, with an armful of " No. 2," breaking one of them on. the windlass, at the. same time giving it the name of the Rise and Shine, and drinking success to it with three times- . three: This, I think, is only the beginning or such ceremonies, for, on the comiiletion of ths races, there will be plenty of such ."folly." ■. '■■" " ' /■ Leaving mmmg -alone for a time. I may mention the improvements' which are. talcing place here, some of -which are essentially useful— that is by way of tramways which are being-' made from the Lagoon up to the town. The one likely to be the most useful is in connection with the bridge built over the Lagoon for foot passengers, which, when completed, will be of great service here, as the road is ' both boggy and too long for anyone carrying a,heavy load which is no joke up to the knees in mud. The other tramway comes in from the Lagoon a little, further down. I have no doubt they will both cany passengers at a low rate. Business is going on steadily if anything on the increase,- owing to the increased population. - which is something like 200 men. Lastnight a grand free" ball was given at" the Exchange Hotel by- Mr Famma,. -wlien there was a large turn-out, with a goodly number of the fair sex foi' our little to\yn; but the affair passed off pleasantly, dancing I'b.eing kept up to a- late hour in tlie morn-. !ing. Another ball was given on the previous Friday, at the All Nations Hotel j i with a good night's -returns. So much-for o-xir little town, - As for matters along the beach, they are about the same as usual— the jjarties- having water-races knocking out a pretty good living with ease. The bridge at the Saltwater Greek belonging to- O'Brien is undergoing a tliprousfU repair and will in a few days <,be fully as strong as ever. -The % rivpr,'lias iakeii to its, did course, having made a broach right through the late flood, '

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Grey River Argus, Grey River Argus, Issue 108, 20 September 1866

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NEW RIVER RUSH. Grey River Argus, Issue 108, 20 September 1866