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The most favorable accounts are being daily received of the New Gold Fields in Auckland, and from the following account it is not unlikely that a rich quartz reef has been struck which will pay for the introduction of machinery and attract population :— * v

Considerable excitement was caused yesterday by the announcement in this journal that of the quantity of quartz sent up to the New Zealand Herald, as a specimen of the

Kurunui reef stoiie, an average piece of stone, 1 oz. 8-j dwt. ia weight, had been assayed and yielded a button weighing 6 gr9. of gold. Many were inclined to think that the piece assayed not a fair sample of the lo —some three pounds in weight— which had been forwarded to us. Several persons yesterday morning had .asked for specimens, and the bulk was then reduced to exactly 24 oz.. or 2 lbs, of stone. This was sent yesterday morning to Mr. Beck's to be assayed, and the result has given a button of gold weighing 5 dwts. 10 grs. This shows that the piece crushed and assayed on Tuesday was a fair average. Omitting the odd grains, the 5 dwt. of gold from 2 lb. of quartz, would give an ounce of gold to every 8 lb. of stone, or 208 oz. to the ton. Whether the 3 lb., sent to us as a sample was picked quartz, we c»nnot say, but at any rate that tested by us was not a picked portion of the sample, for naturally enough those permitted to select specimens from the lot would not take the worst-looking.

It will be seen from our correspondent's letter, published this morning, that the people at Kaueranga had at last become convinced that it was gold that was seen in the stone, and the reef had been rushed. We learn, however, that it is traceable for a considerable extent. It will not, too, we trust, be the only rich reef or leader discovered on the Kauerangi gold-fields.— New. Zealand Herald, August 17.

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THE KURUNUI REEF., Wanganui Herald, Volume I, Issue 73, 26 August 1867

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THE KURUNUI REEF. Wanganui Herald, Volume I, Issue 73, 26 August 1867

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