Eight Years' Wanderings in Ceylon by Samuel White Baker


The diggings at Ballarat are from a hundred to an hundred and
sixty feet deep in hard ground, and yet - Page 270
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The Diggings At Ballarat Are From A Hundred To An Hundred And Sixty Feet Deep In Hard Ground, And Yet People In Ceylon Expect To Find Heavy Gold In Mere Mud, Close To The Surface.

The idea is preposterous, and I conceive it only reasonable to infer from the present appearances that gold does exist in large quantities in Ceylon.

But as it is reasonable to suppose such to be the case, so it is unreasonable to suppose that private individuals will invest capital in so uncertain a speculation as mining without facilities from the government, and in the very face of the clause in their own title-deeds "that all precious metals belong to the crown."

This is the anomalous position of the gold in Ceylon under the governorship of Sir G. Anderson.

Nevertheless, it becomes a question whether we should blame the man or the system, but the question arises in this case, as with everything else in which government is concerned, "Where is the fault?" "Echo answers 'Where?'" But the public are not satisfied with echoes, and in this matter-of-fact age people look to those who fill ostensible posts and draw bona fide salaries; and if these men hold the appointments, no matter under what system, they become the deserved objects of either praise or censure.

Thus it may appear too much to say that Sir G. Anderson is liable for the mismanagement of the colony in toto -for the total neglect of the public roads.

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