NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
1st March, 1931 : Fears are held for the safety of gold-seeker Harold Lasseter, whose tales of fabulously rich gold in central Australia have led to so many ill-starred expeditions. Lasseter’s partner Johns, came in from the west last October, saying he had quarrelled with Lasseter and left the camp, leaving him with two months supply and two camels. Lasseter’s story, told some time ago in Alice Springs, was that he had found a huge reef in 1893, west of Illbiba. Since nothing has been heard for months, Mr B Buck of Middleton Ponds Station left last month with camels to search for Lasseter, but there is little hope that he is alive.
[He was not found alive. The pursuit of gold is deadly. Ask US Treasury.]