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Saturday 26 July 1856, The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser

(From the Armidale Express, July 19.)

MOUNT MITCHELL.—The diggers in the direction of Mount Mitchell are still procuring rough gold, although they are too few in number to develope properly the different places which present auriferous indications. A person who passed over that part of the country a few days ago, has informed us that the Messrs. Green were still digging, that they had a good opinion of the place as a gold field, but their operations had been seriously impeded by severe weather and too much water in the creeks. We have received a communication from the Rocky River, enquiring whether the rumour that three Chinamen had found 50 lbs. weight of gold in a fortnight has been verified ? We beg to reply, that, from all we can ascertain, we believe the assertion is untrue.

CAMERON’S CREEK.—A party consisting of three experienced gold diggers left the Royal Hotel, Armidale, on Tuesday last, well supplied with tools and rations, for the purpose of giving Cameron’s Creek a good trial. From all we can hear, there is little doubt of their ultimate success. Mr. O’Dell, at Malpas station, will give every assistance to prospecting parties in supplying rations at a reasonable figure.

THE WEATHER.—Since Saturday last we have had fine weather. On Sunday last Mount Duval and other portions of the dividing range were speckled with large patches of snow ; and on the roofs of houses in Armidale below could be seen three days after it had fallen. At Ryanda and Ben Lomond the weather has been exceedingly severe. On Wednesday and Thursday, 11th and 12th instant, ¡t rained heavily; on Thursday night snow storms took place, which continued through Friday, covering the ground with two feet in depth of snow. In some parts the snow was considerably deeper. Ice was found four inches in thickness, which supported a horse with his rider. The creeks and gullies were generally impassable ; and the aspect of the whole country was desolate in the extreme. Our informant has been seventeen years in New England, and says that he has never witnessed such severe weather before in the colony.

FOR SALE, ONE SUBURBAN LOT, NEAR ARMIDALE !—Colonel Barney, our distinguished Surveyor General, would seem to have arrived at the conclusion that the people of Armidale had better keep their money in their pockets, instead of buying land at foolish prices with it. It may be in the recollection of many that a promise was made some time ago about an enormous extent of land to be surveyed and thrown into the market. But it appears there has been some misapprehension upon the subject, for the people actually seem to expect miles, while the Surveyor General, with characteristic coolness, congratulates the colony upon the efficient supply of land, and complacently gives acres instead. How thankful they ought to be for the practical illustration of such a benevolent idea, as throwing some slight obstacle in the way of their squandering money on land, at the present rate. The people of Armidale will grumble, no doubt. But what matter ? People will always find something to vent their superfluous spleen upon and of course such a public-spirited official as our venerated Surveyor General is not likely to escape. At the next land sale they will have an opportunity to compete against each other to an indefinite extent, in the purchase of one suburban lot at Armidale, of the full measurement of eleven acres! The upset price will be £2 10s. per acre. We love to be particular on such an important subject ; and are only sorry that we cannot, at the moment, give the precise number of this interesting lot, nor that of the section in which it reposes. If the people are not satisfied with this, of course they have the chance of purchasing no less than sixteen town lots at Uralla, sixteen at Falconer, and three suburban lots at Walcha. If any one requires two or three allotments in Armidale, can’t he just as well buy the number at the other places ? It will be all the same a hundred years hence, and he will have the pleasure of giving another blow to centralisation. After his astonishing exertions in supplying such a great abundance of land for public sale, perhaps the people of Armidale, in high appreciation of our eminent Surveyor General’s services, may yet erect a monument in remembrance of his memory. We shall be happy to contribute our mite to so desirable an object, upon one condition—that it shall be a statue of brass.

THE MAILS.—The up-country mails were detained at the McDonald last Sunday, by the heavy rise of that river, a day later than usual. We are informed that it was found necessary to swim the bags, one at a time, across the river. They arrived at Armidale about twenty nine hours later than the usual time. The mails from Grafton were delivered an hour before the time allowed, although there had been very heavy weather between that place and Armidale. We consider this as a telling fact against some who are, in the habit of asserting that the Nimboi and Blake’s Rivers are impassable for a long lime after a moderate fall of rain.

THE ARMIDALE POST OFFICE.—Although the number of letters which passed through the Armidale post-office for the month of June last was 7000, and 8300 newspapers for the same period, it will scarcely be credited that our efficient postmaster only receives about £70 per annum. The amount of business is rapidly increasing, and we are sure, from the manner in which the post-office is conducted, alike by the postmaster and his able assistant, that the public would be glad to see a considerable addition made to the very trifling and insufficient salary at present allowed.

ARMIDALE MILL PRICES, JULY 18.—McLean’s Mill : Flour, 48s. to 50s. per 100 lbs.; wheat, 18s. per bushel. Allingham’s Mill : No alteration.

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