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Ch. 1: Gold in Ceylon

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GOLD IN CEYLON.
estate in England disregard his master's interest in the seeking for a gravel pit which would give profit to the man that gave him wages, in order to consider what harm or injury the discovery of the pit mij'it do to some individuals with whom he was on terms of regard and friendship. No. No. Sir (1. Anderson is too good a servant to his Queen not to come forward with assistance, when it is brought to his notice in a proper manner that such assistance is necessary for the full and complete development of the subjeet. For this end the inhabitants of Nuwara Eliya purpose to send a graceful and respectful Petition to His Excellency the Governor; and, Sirs, your good names have been mentioned as being about the best to represent our interest here, beyond that to which you are ever ready to lend a hand of the people. A small fund has now been established by some persons at Nuwara Eliya to help, the Maha Oya hero with his grub; but he wants more than grub, and we all want an outlet for the slow stream of water that runs out of Nuwara Eliya Plains, before the Hat digging can be gone on with.
I am, Gentlemen, faithfully yours, Nuwara Eliya, July 4th, 1854.                                                Si'tx'r.vn>R.
(From the Colombo Observer, August II, 1854.)
Discovery of Gold in Ni'cgf.ts.
The Gold Seekers are persevering in their search at K. Eliya, and deeo digging seems really to have produced nuggets.
(From the Examiner., August 5.) The Moon Plains Diggings, Nuwara Eliya.
We have abstained from noticing from time to time as accounts reached us, the progress of these works, as there was no new feature to report—the gold having continued in dust or small grains—now, however, that nuggets have been found, we at once put our readers in possession of the fact. Yes­terday reports reached Colombo, that on the previous day the bed rock hav­ing been reached, five or six nuggets were found in the washing, besides a larger proportion of gold dust than had previously been obtained.
At present the depth reached is but small (about 40 feet), and it was at about the same distance below the surface that the digging ranged in Victoria for a considerable period—now, however, we hear of all the richest diggings in Australia being at a depth of 150, 160, and even 180 feet—and we trust similar results will be obtained here.
GOLD IN SAFFRAGAM. (From the Ceylon Observer, November 2, 1868J We have so frequently been deceived in regard to discoveries of gold in Ceylon, that we are inclined to receive all fresh alarms with caution. But certainly the evidence seems to be in favour of real nuggets having been found by a " gemming" party in Saffragam. The pieces which have reached the Kachcheri are from J- to J of an inch in length of various breadths, flattened, and much like specimens from New Zealand. A mass of the weight of half a sovereign tested as true gold has been melted from the nuggets, and is declared to be 22 carats—better than sovereign gold. The friend who sends us this intelligence anticipates " Railway to Ratnapura and to Adam's Peak.'" Who can say * If not for gold yet for iron. If there are plenty of such nuggets as have reached Colombo, Ceylon will pass through a new phase, and the steam engine which is on its way out to be used for "gem­ming " will be the precursor of multitudes. The gem region is just the re­gion" where gold might be looked for, and we shall not be surprised if this is a real and great discovery.
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