Death in Desert Again
Ends Search for Gold
A nomad tribe of desert blacks has bought
the skeleton of “possum” Lasseter to the outskirts of
civilization and there ends a story of an attempt to obtain
gold from the arid heart of the Australian continent.
There have been many reports of gold in the
central Australian desert. Some gold has been found but many
lives have been lost.
Lasseter’s expedition was the best equipped,
but it ended, like the others, in death. A little more than
a year ago Lasseter struggled out of the interior with a
story of gold in the dread Petermann ranges and a company
was formed to equip an expedition.
Two airplanes, a camel and a tribe of blacks
co operated in placing stores of food, water and gasoline
along the route to the ranges. Lasseter was left at the most
distant base to await the main party. The first airplane
crashed and the pilot barely escaped with his life and then
the second plane met with a similar fate and its crew was
rescued after privations.
Through all this Lasseter waited. Finally he
tried to make his way out of the “great thirst” and
The only clue to his claim is a prospector’s
rough chart in the possession of his widow.