(FROM THE DAILY TIMES CORRESPONDENT.) 2 a.m., 6th January, 1863
My last despatch was forwarded at daylight yesterday morning. Nothing of any importance has since taken place on the spot. "Mr St. John Branigan arrived yesterday at noon with the escort from the Wakatip. He brought down 8 300 ozs. On the first day of the opening of the escort office, 1,000 ozs were deposited. A larger amount would havebeen brought down, but for the brief stay of a few days, and the fact, ol the arrival of the escort not being generally known in the mountain fastnesses of this landlocked portion of the Province. Great disappointment- has been felt and evinced here at the small amount of gold brought down, as all reports agreed upon 12 to 15,000 ozs. But a more gloomy regret is expressed at the fall in our own escort. We only send down 10,405 ozs, or a total for both places of 18,705 ozs. No one is able to account for this ; and your correspondent is not the only person deceived. No gold was deposited by the miners to-day, no doubt owing to the holidays. Instead of the usual 1,000 oz deposited on Monday by them it did not reach 200oz. Last night it was a subject of general annoyance and earnest conversation. Great secrecy has lately characterised the miners in the mention of any heavy finds. This partly arises from the fact of the knowledge having become veil spread, that prospecting claims or any other claims beyond a limited area are illegally held. No one applies now for a prospd ting claim, or makes known any fresh discovery as they did at first. Even in gullies containing a population, the returns are carefully concealed and hoarded, lest might should usurp right. I am about visiting the Lake country for the purpose of making a full examination into its resources. As I shall be absent three weeks your readers must not look for the regular correspondence it has been my desire to establish. Mr. Douglass has favored me with the following letter: — Arrow Itiver Diggings, . 3rd January, 1862. I submit for your information the_ following brief notes of events occurring on tho diggings in this district:— ... Arrow township is still increasingin size, and there is much disputing about the sites in the principal streets. New buildings are springing up every dny. The banks of this province have established branches, here. During the Christmas season, and on the first of this year, a great many persons were in town. Subscriptions were raised for the purpose of giving pizes for various spores; and on the Ist a number of
well-contested races were run, as well ns various feats of wrestling and leaping. One liorse Mice took place, and on the first heat they were declared tqual. The race was again contested, and one of them won' bj' two lengths. A man is said to hnve come in with seventy pounds weight of gold the other day, and on hearing that Mr St. John. Branignn was not. giving proper receipts for polil deposited with him, lie went on fc> Dunstnn or Dunedin. Mr Commissioner Worth'in^ton has appeared on the field, and it is now hoped that matters will be put to rights. Robberies are at present very prevalent. Jones's store was entered, and money to the extent of fourteen pounds was taken, as well as some good=. Ancthrr party lost goods to a considerable extent. Another man was robbed of L 80; and yesterday a young wan lost a bag of gold, said to contain twenty-eight .ounces; This shows an ureent necessity for a, lingo addition to the police force, so that the property of individuals may be more secure. And the rapidiy increasing population also shows that the force should be increased on this field.
A township is forming at-Mr Rees's station. It is called Queenstown, and is likely to be the most prominent, on this field, though at present the Arrow township is the . centre. It is the place where the g^ods are landed from the Invercargill side of the lake, and there is little doubt that ultimately the whole of the gold fields will be supplied from this place. A new rush has taken place to a' district situated about twenty-five miles N.W. of Queeustown. A man -arrive'l in town with two pounds of gold, which he had washed out in one day at it. I am, &c, James Douglas.
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THE DUNSTAN., Otago Daily Times, Issue 330, 10 January 1863
THE DUNSTAN. Otago Daily Times, Issue 330, 10 January 1863
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