Gold Clerk's Narrative.
The publication on the Illustration page of the "Herald" on Wednesday of an old photo- graph of Holterman's famous gold nugget, discovered at Hill End in 1872, and valued at £12,000, recalled to Mr. George Brock his association with the sale of the nugget. In a letter to the Editor, Mr. Brock says he was gold clerk in the old A.J.S. Bank, when the nugget was forwarded to the headquarters of the bank from the Hill End branch. The nugget was conveyed to the Mint with great difficulty owing to Its great weight. A hansom cab was hired, and the nugget placed on the floor of the cabin. However, before the Jour- ney was half completed, the flooring of the vehicle collapsed, and the nugget fell to the ground. A second cab was engaged, and the trip was completed without further incident.
The finder of the nugget, says Mr. Brock, boiled it down in an ordinary washing copper. When he took it to the Mint officials, they said that by boiling it down in such a crude way he had depreciated its value by £500.