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A well-attended meeting of supporters of football as played under Association rules waa held at North-East Valley on Wednesday evening,—Mr K. Hamilton in the chair. It was resolved to form a club to be named the " Northern Association Football Club."

Rules were submitted and adopted for the working of the clab, and the followiug gentlemen were elected members of a committee of management:— Messrs R. Hamilton, Neave, Murray, Dagger, Buchanan, J. Moncrieff (captain), J. Hunter (secretary), and W, Walker (treasurer). The colours adopted are black and white striped Jersey.

Ground adjoining the property of Mr Glendining has been secured, and the season will be opened on Saturday afternoon by a visit from a team from the Southern Association Football Club.

Messrs Hunter, Neave, and Moncrieff were appointed delegates to confer with the delegates of the Southern Club re a proposed match with Lillywhite's English team.

The game promises to become very popular in the northern district, if W3 may judge from the success which has already attended the movement.


A letter was received in town yesterday from the Auckland Rugby Union stating that they contemplate sending a team of footballers as far as Dunedin this saason.



No traveller through the interior of Otago can fail to be surprised at the little that has been done to prospect the numerous terraces and old river bedsSvMch occupy so large an area of our central goldrields. In Victoria or New South Wales hardly a likely spot can lie found without numerous signs of the prospector's pick and tin dish, while in Otago terraces and ancient water courses in which fair prospects can be got lie for years wholly neglected. In the meantime the runholder and the settler are rapidly converting the Crown lands into private freeholds, and in the course of a short period of time but few acres will be left for the gold digger. The causes which have led to this neglect of one of our leading industries are not far to seek. Population and capital were drawn away by the discoveries at the Thames and the West Coast. The public works expenditure attracted a few more, and few or none of the mining population were left—.except those who already owned rich claims and valuable water rights, and consequently did not need to look for new fields either at home or abroad. The nature of the gold deposits of Otago also presented difficulties to the prospector not easily overcome. In the terraces and ancient river channels the gold is usually found distributed throughout the drifts, instead of being concentrated in a few feet immediately overlying the bed rock. Wherever it did occur concentrated in the lower drifts the great expense of procuring timber formed an almost insuperable obstacle to prospecting, if it did not absolutely prevent the working of rich ground after discovery. The drifts which contained gold distributed throughout have been practically worked in such places as afforded natural facilities for carrying on ground sluicing. This mode of mining, as hitherto practised, required an abundant supply of water for removing the drifts and extracting the gold, and also sufficient fall to give an outlet for the discharge of the water and tailings. The workings were in consequence limited to such places as combined those natural advantages. The plan introduced at Tuapeka by Mr J. E. Perry, and now used with success in the works of the Blue Spur and Gabriel's Gully Sluicing Company, promises, however, considerably to extend the limits within which this steady and profitable mode of gold mining can be carried on. Water-power will be necessary to even a greater extent than before; but it will now be possible to work ancient river beds which have heretofore been at too low a level to permit of the gold-bearing drifts they contaiued being passed through the sluices in sufficiently large quantities. That such ancient river beds exist is too well known to need demonstration. In many places in the valley of the Molyneux they have already been tested and proved to be rich in gold. The application of Sir Perry's method of working to such localities cannot fail to produce results in yields of gold such as have never yet been equalled in Otago. The process is thus described in " The Handbook of New Zealand Mines " for ISS7. Speaking of the Gabriel's Gul'y workings, it states: —" There vras plenty of water available, but not sufficient fall, and the problem seemed insoluble until Mr Perry succeeded in introducing his device. By his plan the stuff is forced up a pipe by a powerful jet of water let in from a nozzle at the lower end of the pipe. In this way the stuff, instead of being washed away down a sludge channel, is simply turned over and shifted a short distance. A few grains of gold per ton are sufficient to pay working expenses." The company in question, although operating upon tailings and ground already worked several times over by both Europeans and Chinese, has been paying fair dividends. What then may be expected when the same method of working comes to be applied to an ancient river bed of the kind which exist in plenty in the Molyueux Valley 1 The same work from which the above quotation is taken characterises the Molyneux as " undoubtedly ono of the richest gold-producing streams in the world." It states that there is not a single reach of the river in which gold has not been found. There is no reason to suppose that the ancient channels are less rich than the present one. While, however, a small percentage of the gold lying in the present channel can be got at by dredging, the ancient channels can be thoroughly cleared out and all the gold they contain extracted by the method introduced by Mr Perry. Its application is still necessarily limited to places where the required water power is obtainable; but even subject to that limitation, a great extension of sold mining may bo anticipated as soon as I lie requisite capital is provided for making it available.

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FOOTBALL., Otago Daily Times, Issue 8156, 13 April 1888

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FOOTBALL. Otago Daily Times, Issue 8156, 13 April 1888

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