The Argus. I am in the place where I am demanded of conscience
to speak the truth, and therefore the truth I speak
impugn it whose list."
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 1849.
THE GOLDEN DISCOVERY.
WE have little further to say with respect to the Port Phillip Gold Field, the dis- covery of which we announced in our Extraordinary of Wednesday evening. The particulars with which we then pre- sented our readers were substantially correct, and further enquiries strengthen the conviction that we then expressed, to the effect that a very rich and ample supply of the most sought after of metals
had been discovered. One slight error we fell into, in stating that the large mass of Gold shewn us by M. Duchene had been found by that gentleman, whereas it formed a portion of that first
shewn by the shepherd to Mr. Brentani
and which was divided between him and
M. Duchene. On proceeding with the shepherd to the spot he pointed out, strong indications of Gold presented themselves on all sides, but the parties returned to make further arangements for availing themselves of the discovery, and were not in the first instance provided with tools to open the rich coffers of Mother Earth. The shepherd, named Thomas Hood, pro- ceeded to Sydney by the Shamrock, and it is believed that he took a very large quantity of his newly found prize with him. Some doubts are expressed as to whether he has shown the correct locale of his discovery to the parties who accompanied him up the country, but not the slightest question can exist as to the most interesting fact that Port Phillip possesses within herself a gold field, which is more likely to cause immigration from California than the reverse. It was reported in town, yesterday, that a party of mounted police had already started to protect the golden district, but we believe that the absence of Mr. La Trobe at Portland, has pre- vented anything from being hitherto done ; however, from the excitement prevailing, as abundantly exemplified by the myriads of seekers for information
who called at our office in the course of
yesterday, we think that measures ought to be immediately adopted to prevent