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Old Time Echoes.

V 1 CTO R 1 AX X UOOKTs. Our memory carries us back to the purchase of nug’gets in the Hodden district for the Bank of Victoria, when the late Mi - .1. Matheson was general manager. little “Dicky” Shann, sub-manager, and “Old Harrison," chief inspector. in those ■days the Bank of Victoria .service was ecpialled by no other in Australasia. Big salaries, occasional bonuses, and-good allowances were the order of tho day.

“A new rush," though not an uncommon event in the days herein referred to, had something peculiarly fascinating about it. Bet me refer to one in the Hodden district. it was 1 some twenty miles from the town I was quartered in. The period was summer, and J left for the hold before grey dawn, not that 1 was compelled to do st). but because “ some other fellow" might, be there before me. The Bank of Victoria always rose earlv in such circumstances !

Shall I. ever forget (he scene— the blue smoke of hundreds of camp'fires was gracefully curling up amongst the tall gum trees, the miners were all rattling pans and pannikins—preparatory for breakfast, and a voice here and there would call out —"Hallo. mate, early up this morning." 1 bought the bulk of nuggets for sale that morning, and on the way back passed my opponents on their way out to 'do likewise. The largest nugget 1 ever purchased was worth a little over £250. but while the “Berlin rush" held out 20 07.., 50 oz.. and 80oz. nuggets wore not rare. The Berlin rush (Cato and John's paddocks) produced more nuggets than any other goldfield since known in the world'. There, .the nuggets were unearthed from the surface down to about 12 feet under.

1 recollect one line specimen found accidentally one Xmas by a green grocer who was 'driving across “Cato’s” paddock in the early morning. It was the exact shape in all respects as a calf’s tongue—tip, root, and ‘general form. I bought it for £l2s'. The history of the goldfield would form most interesting reading. I must candidly confess I like the old lime minor. lie was a real “ g'ood sort”— open-hearted, compassionate, and gifted with all those manly virtues we so much admire in men. He appreciated a bit of fun, too, and if he were dead broke to-day, he lived in hopes of a “resurrection,” as he termed it -to-morrow. —.Caster ton News, Victoria..

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Old Time Echoes., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 9 March 1907

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Old Time Echoes. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 9 March 1907

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