"Hermit of Cumberland Valley"
The death is announced of Mr. George Locke, who was known to thousands of tourists as "the hermit of Cumberland Valley." He lived In a humpy near the famous plantation of mountain ash, which is believed to contain the tallest hardwood trees In the world. Mr. Locke would not leave Cumberland, even during the bush fires of two years ago, and he had not been in Marysville for over 14 years. A keen prospector at Cumberland Valley until his health began to fall a few years ago, Mr. Locke in earlier years was actively interested in the Golden Secret mine at Cumberland and the wolfram mine near Marysville. Aged 81 years, he was the lone inhabitant of Cumberland Valley, and spent his last days In a Forests Commission patrol hut, which was built next to his old humpy when It started to fall to pieces.
NEW GOLD FIELD.
At the Golden Secret mine, Yarra Track, near Chester and Locke's rich find, stone is being got out for crushing. South of this lease the Yarra Track syndicate have a fair body of stone, bearing good gold. A cyanide plant Is being erected at the Mount. Morgan mine.