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CARMARTHEN.

ABERYSTWYTH.

TOWYN

LLANWRJN.

BALA.'

DOLGELLEY

FFESTINIOG

BARMOUTH-

PWLLHELI.

LLANBEDROG, NEAR PWLLHELI.

PORTMADOC.

PORTMADOC.

PENRHYNDEUDRAETH.

I'CYFOETH-Y-BRENIN

TREGARON.

CARMARTHEN.

LLANDYSSUL

THE UWCH-ALED SHEEPDOG TRIALS.

TRAFFIC RECEIPTS. 1875.

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GOLD IN MERIONETSHIRE. p

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GOLD IN MERIONETSHIRE. p We take the following extracts from a litter by j Read win, F.G.S., in the Mining Journal. In thefi? p is quoting from an article by Mr Robert Hunt, F.R the Quarterly Journal of Science;(1866.) «tv Numerous attempts and failures have marked gress of mine adventure in North Wales, and it is gerw believed that more gold has been expended on the hills than has been obtained from them.* The s'y whem we have already quoted, speaking of the r varieties of quartz, says—4 The Clogau CovapiBL{^j f stamped 2,500 tons of poor ores, yielding an aver^^w | dwts. of gold per ton. With good reduction several of the gold mines in the Dolgelley district pO yet be made to pay.' It will be most satisfactoryTp'5 the hopes thus expressed by Mr Dean fully realist't right that some idea should be given of the occasi0"^ o- ness of this auriferous auartz Mr Keadwin i that by far the richest discoveries of gold have be"1tfirf at the Dolfrwynog, Prince of Wales, and the Clog*"eicti"{ He has, he states, extracted gold from stones hoD>na, those mines at the rate of 300 so 400 ozs. to the if* the same time that he drew attention to the richness of some specimens of the auriferous Mr Keadwin says, with much honesty—' I beg t to state that the average yield will not, in my ceed half an ounce to the ton of ore.' I than teemed friend for thus quoting me. I remain °\ mWI sanguine opinion," and intend to hold it un4'1.6 future facts oblige me to do the other thing. L facts anyhow are in my favour. Quoting once my paper in Ure," the most remarkable item gold statistics is the fact of 9,363 ozs. of gold b»v^ obtained from less than forty tons of quartz. I4 that the poor copper ore referred to was found, i*0?jo^ some twenty tons had been picked, sampled, o^f.4 copper ore," and probably, several thousands o M, of gold were contained in it. The St. made no report, but magnanimously offered an > 5s. a ton for as much more of it as could be 0$a gold got from this mine (i.e., sworn to at the Dolgelley, and delivered to the directors of W Company) to May 30, 1866, was 11,663 oZS:ll to* 4 tons of quartz, averaging about 42 dwts. to 1 far, therefore, am I acquitted, by a commercial substantial fact, of the charge of cxaanc.vn.ted I had hoped to be able at tlm :ve statement of all the Merioneth « which roS$ja VI been paid to the Crown T ^"boZ.ver a? fA th. Hun. James me that the Office of Woods and Forests will short y the data at my disposal, and it will, therefore, hereafter. ,j be*/ Facts are, indeed, stubborn things, and it woUooesi^, nigh impossible to move the following facts o° that from 18 ton3 17 cwts. 3 qrs. 14 lbs. of Cf7l8^ oz3. of gold were extracted at a cost of less t" aud that it realized at the Bank of England nea ertbe' Rara avis this, perhaps, but there is the avis, neL0ot vj. I have just seen a published statement of the Pr, og, 1'^ pany's doings from October 22, 1874, to Augu^ It appears that 385 ozs. of gold were got 'r0IJLgi!1%V > 13 cwts. 90 lbs. of quartz. Not so bad that for' *0l This total of 22 £ tons, as I read it, included -^orev quartz (white, probably), which did not c°ntaiD. y,0$0^ { 7 dwts. of gold to the ton, about which I may thing to say hereafter when treating of the diSfrea.^v^tit gold extraction that have been adopted in Merio°e W so far as I know of them. I can easily believe m results than the last cited, for in my last July was myself courteously allowed at the works of trial of the pyx in my own rude way* a(tet6$i being that I should state the gold reside F pocket it. There was a stern Shylock PresS;n T s had some misgivings about this odd procedure. ^2^ covered that he and specific gravity were not i" strangers. I modestly asked to be favoured avoirdupois of the ricW bits of quartz from »tj>'J that, had income down from the mountain, that tbe selection should include some bits cotfr liberal proportion of the i( white metal" as v^11$ This soft request ought to have disarmed at on< £ HIT of grovellin- avarice on my part. I think S t extent, for I observed a sort of 1°° f yeith young judge » in an inverted sense. not 4,5 ? weighed out exactly by the scale, a11^. # T EXB$J richest stuff most certainly. With tbis veinstu an illustration of profitable cremation, my soften looking on the while, and as I fancied in soXPtt ka°? /I gingly and impatient for the result, that he exact extent of the company's loss by thisinopP5 ference. The simple operation resulted in the Pr 253J grains troy of heavy metals frojn the l°°z '0f pois of auriferous mineral. From this mixture c', I separated a triflo under 7dwts. of gold of He»'rlLtl>' ,01 fineness. The residue consisted of tellurium, if of another metal, chiefly the direct object of my the obligation to mention which is not ''s° 00 jib. the bond." The £ 1 sterling worth of gold fro10 ,t dupois weight of quartz was a satisfactory re8" 0f J without reckoning the other so-called trifle3' more, perhaps, anon. f-yiI The published report of Mr Graham St«V dated Sept. 17, 1875, states—"The bulk 0. (Clogau) is auriferous throughout, and practic*' r shown that about from 7 to 10 dwts. of gold P.s« be obtained from it. These trials were carried 1 my own charge from October, 1874, to Februatf'u quantity of quartz crushed was 32,000 lbs., average yield of above 5 ozs. of gold to the ton- selected portions averaged 77 ozs., and the po°r'LtP dwts. per ton, and subsequent workings corr0" results. j, p 0t Captain Milford, under same date, report3 5 shaft, ofms. down, we have a small level aD u rP*5i| ing on rich visible gold. I have prospected ot¥{ot. ( 4 the mine, and find the quart2 the M ht jjiod # ti gold. I advise that we concentrate our present m sinking upon the rich shoots, and »j VIS £ .? MU fh T0 St> Dayid's, and put men l rock-drills the level eastwards. We shall then c< tt> ijf the,(w|1°^ of the rich shoot of gold in depth- V^ltf ngh to say that in our lowest depth we h»v'e Jot'L80" th.« '«» th«.P facts ni why the mines were abandoned. may be solved in time. WA Undoubtedly the first successful result in GTe% d of the working of a gold-bearing quartz vei'Vgf'e I Captain John Parry, the agent of the 1^ eTi Clogau Company, for which the Cu isilo International Exhibition of 1862 awarded tb»{ prize medal. Speaking as a shareholder of from its birth to its death, I regret that I a,u nCl J record what might have been a very patriotic act on the part of the outgoing directors—the of the medal to the cartful keeping of Cap4- -1 of Glanronow, on condition that as the chanaP1 >ji tCi gold-catchers he and his heirs should hold i £ a o<et„i' Captain Gold-catcher beat'/um in the h*ndi°6 p'1, employers of more than quarter ton of f« mine. But this graceful act is not yet hi^l3V /k not generally known what has become o\ ? I cannot help saying that if this were paper i might be tempted to tell scHie ity'f natural history stories about this district h*et' hitherto provud to everybody a laughing -pot >7 I shall, at all events for the present, forbear- of me, however, I cannot refrain from say1"?- cviver-General of Inland Revenue once under- A > the gold that would be ever got from ('!0i'iVis I subsequently offered him, by way of stayis/tvje ti small button of about an ounce on accou*1* V 1 u unbeKever bolted out of the room inste^ G button." This supposition is groundless Mor the ^o' \ne U Clogau alone would certainly pay every \j oi ,1 costs of the gold-catchers proper, to say note ». 8- J spirited away in the witching hours of nigbt-„ftb- J| + On the lucent Discovery of Gold in yleT\ievor^J^A T. A. Read win. F.U.S. "B-iHsh A ssociation Printed by R. H. VKSABLES aaj Published J?T ,ei, jMf at the dwelling-house UF JACOB JOSBS, Q-E% V the county of Merioneth; of Jofrn G-IBOd'v¡ V'i'¡ Aberystwyth, icthe conntyef Cardigan; &na I Poi'tmadoo in the county of Carnarvon- Friday, November 19th, 187 »