Australia; Or Facts And Features, Sketches, And Incidents Of Australia And Australian Life, With…

Paperback | October 12, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...An English Gold-mining Company--Exploding Unnecessarily--Gold Escort--Lucky Diggers--Old Convict Diggers--Wandering And Unsettled Las At The Diggings--American Traders--A Cargo or Coffins--Chinese Settlers, And Chinese Swindlers--Introduction And Permanence ov Gold-digging--Unsatisfactory Mode Of Life Of Diggers. Dame Fortune would seem, at some time or other, to have been careering in a chariot over the summits of the Australian Alps, sowing as she went handsful of gold dust, and pieces of gold; but all which she scattered thus bears no proportion to the quantities which, as if she had been blindfolded, she permitted to escape from her chariot as it coursed along in a zig-zag way, apparently without any determinate route or boundary--the gold running out from the chariot, and left in streaks and patches, like meal, or wheat, on the road in the line of travelling of a dray filled with badly-tied sacks. The illustration is not precisely accurate, however, for the gold is buried in the soil; but it may serve to convey some idea of the distribution of gold. It is scarcely possible to wash carefully a tin dishful of earth, sand, or gravel, in the gold-producing tracts of country, without discovering a minute particle of gold--a speck just large enough for the eye to discern in the bottom of the dish, after all the earth, gravel, or sand has been carefully washed out, the gold, in consequence of its greater weight, always sinking to the bottom. This is called ' prospecting,' and the number of specks in the bottom of the dish determines the richness or the poverty of the soil in gold. Prospecting is not confined to the surface of the ground, however, as a hole, several feet in length, is generally dug, or a shaft may sometimes be sunk in the...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...An English Gold-mining Company--Exploding Unnecessarily--Gold Escort--Lucky Diggers--Old Convict Diggers--Wande...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217334253

ISBN - 13:9780217334259

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