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NORTHERN MAIL NEWS.
THE Chronicle says :—Every day the pros- pects of the new Sarsfield reef continue to improve, and judges are of opinion that the lucky finders have a pile claim. This reef is nearly eighteen inches thick, with good gold showing in the face. Several prospects re- sulted satisfactorily. From quarter of a pound of stone with no gold visible two penny- weights were extracted. A piece of spare ground between Verges claim in and P.C. has been taken up by Mr. D. Meir.
Writing of the gold produce of the district the same paper states :—During the year 1882 the amount of gold taken by Escort from the Palmer was only a little over 11,000 ounces, which without farther particulars would have the effect of inducing those at a distance to believe in the statement very industriously circulated, that the alluvial was quite worked out. The Customs Returns show that over 41,000 ounces were entered in Cooktown, being at least 33,000 ounces more than taken by Escort. Residents on this field know full well that all reef gold passes through the local banks, and when assayed forwarded under protection of the gold escort. It remains clear then that the 26,000 ounces
must be alluvial workings, and is a sufficient
refutation that the alluvial yield is exhausted. The customs authories know full well that a
large quantity of gold has been shipped to
China and elsewhere, of which no official record exists.
The following items are from the Telegraph of the 21th ultimo :—We have been informed that several fine horses have been found with spears sticking in them, a short distance from Herberton on the Port Douglas road. Two of the poor brutes died soon after they had been found.
Mr. Rodda, after, inspecting a pine-apple patch, assured us that one acre of the soil would yield over 10,000 head of fruit.
There seems a probability that wheat-growing will form a lucrative industry in the Herber- ton district. A sample was exhibited in Herberton last week, which showed a splendid head thickly studded with well-formed grain, whilst the nature of the straw had every appearance of being a good article for fodder.
During the year 1882 the following were the exports from Cairns :—Gold, 502 oz., value £1,886 ; hides, £127 ; sugar, 110 tons 8 cwt., £3,060 ; log cedar, 78.000 ft., £510 ; tin ore, 323 tons 14 cwt., £19,064. The total value of the exports thus amounts to £24,647, which, compared with the exports of 1881, show an increase of £9,208.—Our imports for the year 1882 amounted to £8,062, as against £1883 in the previous year, showing an increase of £6,179 in favour of the year just passsed.
The total area of land selected, for which Cairns must be the port for all the produce raised from it, viz., between the Mulgrave, river and Double Island is registered in the Land Commissioner's office as 73,550 acres. Still in the Cairns district, on the Russell river, 20,920 acres have been taken up, of which quantity 15,337 acres have been selected since the 19th October, 1882, which makes a grand total of 94,470 acres selected
in the Cairns district.
Says the Bulletin of the 29th :—Good news arrived in town last night from the Star Silver mines of the Colorado mine. For the past three months the energetic manager, Mr. Kaufmann, has been doing "dead work "in the shape of tunnelling to cut the lode. On Friday last he struck the lode at a distance of about eighty-five feet from the mouth of the tunnel. There is about four feet of a lode between clearly defined walls, two feet of which is almost solid galena. Our informant saw blocks of galena removed that required four men to place them in a barrow and wheel them out of the drive. Several such blocks have already been brought to the surface, and Mr. Kaufmann thinks that with the few men at present employed he can raise six to eight tons of galena ore weekly. From this news it seems that the success of the Colorado mine is certain. Everyone who knows how ener- getically Mr. Kaufmann has worked will be pleased to hear of his efforts being successful.
This important news will be certain to give a new spurt to mining on the Star River, which has somewhat languished lately. We may expect to see rich galena ore coming down in large quantities for shipment shortly.
From the same paper we learn :—Early on Saturday afternoon, a man, a stranger in town, was drowned at the entrance of the creek. By several persons he was seen to undress at the edge of the water, and deliberately walk in apparently with the intention of bathing. He waded to the beacon at the end of Fountain's Folly, and while swimming thence in the direction of the inner buoy he got into deep water and immediately disappeared. Boats were soon on the spot where the man disap- peared, the occupants of which with the police spent hours in searching for the body without result. Yesterday at 2.30 a.m. the body was found floating at the edge of the water about a hundred yards seawards from the pilot station. The police have not yet been able to satisfactorily establish the identity of the remains. The deceased was a fine looking man, five feet eleven inches in height, and apparently about thirty-five years old. His clothes were found on the sand, and in the trousers pocket there was a deposit receipt from the Queensland National Bank, dated 6th November, 1882, enclosed in a letter addressed to John H. Doran, Esq., Darr River Downs. The document, which was signed by Arthur M. Bowring, acknowledged that a remittance of £62 18s. 11d. had been placed to the credit of " Thomas M'Keogh " less 10s. exchange. Besides this there
were two orders of £1 10s. each on W. H. Whitman, of the Barcoo, and 1s. 1d. in silver and copper. A swag was found on the beach opposite the Bank of New South Wales, which is supposed to have belonged to the deceased, and from the character of its contents it is presumed that he had been a shepherd out West, and was slighly deranged. Amongst many useless
articles with which no sane bushman would care to burden himself, were several small month organs very neatly stitched together
The Herald of the 27th writes :—A heavy storm of wind and rain passed over here last evening. The wind played considerable havoc with several places in town, the verandahs of Messrs. Lissner, Inch, and Prosser being much damaged, The front of Mrs. Warnock's shop was blown in, and many other houses suffered from the force of the gale.