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WATER FINDING BY THE DIVINING RO D. Sir,—With reference to your article on the Porthcawl Water Supply, at present under con- troversy, may I, as one deeply interested in the matter, be allowed to state the facts of the case? Though stated by the press generally that I claim to possess supernatural powers, I do not claim anything of the kind, nor is it my principle to impose on the minds of the credulous in the method I adopt to find springs of water. I ask the question: what does it matter in what way water is found, whether by a geologist or water expert, so long as a good supply of water is found P We do not find the powers of magic or witchcraft or any kindred powers such as these among the industrious class of farmers of the present day, to which I claim to have belonged all my life; but through wanting a supply of water for my farm I acci- dentally discovered I possessed the gift to find water. The results of my discovery were soon generally known, and I was invited by the lead- ing landowners and the public generally to find water. The results enabled me to follow the method as a profession, although I still occupy my farm in the neighbourhood of Chippenham, where I have lived for the past 17 years. During the last ten years I have been a water finder, and have been engaged by all classes-nobility. clergy, landowners, brewers, dairy companies, manufacturers, archi- tects, surveyors, land and estate agents, medical profession, mining companies, parish, rural, and county councils-and in nearly every county in England and Wales; and in the summer of 1896 I was occupied the whole time in Cape Colony, South Africa, with great success. I may say that I have never failed to discover water where a spring existed. I can produce excellent testimonials as to character and the results of my discoveries from those who have employed me, and I am at the present time fully occupied with water supplies, in connection with which I undertake to carry out the necessary work on the terms of no water no pay. I think it is a great injustice to condemn the method-if used in a proper way-as illegal, seeing satisfactory results are obtained; and with regard to the Porthcawl water supply in controversy, I was employed by the Council to search for water, and on my advice they sank a shaft 8ft. in diameter to a depth necessary to tap the spring, which now yields a supply of 20,000 gallons per day of excellent water for the town. During sinking operations, extending over 12 months, a powerful steam pump was employed to keep the water down, and the forma- tion being conglomerate rock and limestone, it was a tedious operation to carry out. This gave a good test of the stability of the yield of the spring, the lane below being flooded by water. At the conclusion of the work the water was allowed to remain in the well, and after 12 hours was measured. It was found to contain 35 feet of water another 12 hours rest was given and measurement again taken, when the water had risen to 65 feet; after another 12 hours rest it had risen to within 25 feet of the surface—in a well of 135 feet deep. Thus within 36 hours 110 feet of water had accumu- lated in a well 8 feet in diameter, and in such a formation as Porthcawl, where under ordinary circumstances water cannot be found. The success of the method adopted speaks volumes for the water finder, and for which the water finder has not yet received either fee or travell- ing expenses, although the contrary has been reported in the press. In the face of these facts where does the pretence to power for the purpose of obtaining fees come in within the meaning of the Govern- ment auditors, and is it possible, in this enlightened 19th century that the public must go without water simply because it is not found by a geologist-and I may say I have found ample supplies of water in districts where to the ordinary observation it appeared useless to attempt to sink for water ? There are places where deep wells have been sunk without any result (except loss) being obtained, and I have been subsequently engaged and found, with great saving of expense, an ample supply of pure water; and shall the public be debarred from utilising the services of an honest Water Finder simply because his method is not yet understood by a few sceptics ? This is a question that puzzles yours truly, B. TOMPKINS, Water Finder, Chippenham. Pipsmore, Chippenham, Aug. 14th, 1897.

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