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Next to Mr Branson’s exhibits in the "allcry .arc some well executed photographs by Mr Henry, the Mayor’s likeness occupying the centre of the frame. The collection of ferns which are shown by Mr J. Stanley Bruce, are very fine, their color being fixed by him so that they appear as if freshly gathered. Some of the ferns have been collected as long as twelve years ago. A collection of various articles which have been electro-plated, a number of electros taken from wood-cuts, and type for printing ; _ also various silvered iron articles used in coachbuildin". Specimens of stereotype, Ac., are exhibited by Mr S. Papprill, of Christchurch, and altogether are very interesting, showing, as they do, quite a new industry for New Zealand. A very nice model of that beautiful architectural structure, Cologne Cathedral, made by Mr Otto Peez, of Christchurch, was very much admired. On the wall, at the back, is seen a very largo collection of weapons used by East Indian natives, and from (heir appearance, and their probable use, one shudders at the thought of meeting with an antagonist armed with such instruments of warfare. Another interestin" exhibit in the gallery is a self-register-ing water metre by J3asto, and exhibited byMr Passmore, also specimens of spirallymade iron pipes by the same exhibitor. We must not forget to mention two pieces of statuary?, which were exhibited by Mr Passmore, and which, owing to their excellent design and finish, deserve more than a passing notice. They are, — “Checkers up at the farm” and the “ Three Graces,” the former after Rogers. On table No. 3, omitted from our report yesterday, Miss Yerrall, of Christchurch, exhibits ladies’ and children’s corsets, belts, shoulder straps, Ac., and to which a first award has been made by the judges. The workmanship in these articles displays that thorough acquaintance of the subject in hand by the manufacturer which is ever perceivable in work executed by artists of the first order. Mr V. Almao has a collection of hats manufactured by him in Dunedin, and for which he received an award at the hands of the Melbourne Exhibition Commissioners. They embrace hats of every shape, size, and, we were going to say quality, but here we should be incorrect, for none but the best qualities of material have been employed in their manufacture. During this afternoon Mr J. Herne’s newest invention, in the form of the fountain washing machine, was exhibited working, just outside the tent devoted to agricultural machinery, Ac., and attracted large numbers of on-lookers. The principle of this simple and y*et efficacious machine is based on that of over-circulating water, and saves such a large amount of labor that, all things considered, inclusive of the price, which is very small, it should find in every housewife a ready advocate. Near the entrance to the main hall is situate some exhibits of terracotta ornaments, hand manufactured. The exhibitors are Messrs Bedson and Sons, and a representative of the firm is busily engaged on an adjacent table in illustrating the process of manufacture, this proving a great source of interest and attraction. Award of the first merit is conferred on the exhibits. Mr Bullen, of Christchurch, exhibits some magnificent specimens of graining and marbling, some of these proving very deceptive, so g jptl an imitation of nature are they, that the _ real character is only discoverable on minute inspection. The official list of awards will be published in cxfenno by us in our next issue.

THE LUNCHEON. The following is the remainder of the report of the Luncheon, after his Excellency left yesterday : Mr W. C. Walker proposed the next toast on the programme—“ The Ministers of the Crown,” coupled with the name of the Hon. John Hall. In doing so he remarked that the present Government were peculiarly unfortunate in having to pursue a policy of retrenchment, their position being one of great difficulty. Whilst pursuing such a policy, however, they should be careful not to carry retrenchment too far. The farmer doubtless had a broad back, but it was not advisable or fair to place too great a burden on him, and it must be borne in mind that he could not successfully compete with America and other countries unless the greatest facilities were afforded for the conveyance of grain. He then referred to the Hon. John Hall, the Premier, as a man whom the colony had every reason to bo proud of. He was a man of the people. He had raised himself to his present proud position from the old days of Provincialism to the highest office which the colony had to offer. He was, moreover, not one of those who only studied one particular district ; he had, on the contrary, the interest of everyone at heart, and would work hard and w'ell for the future welfare of the colony. The toast was drunk with enthusiasm.

The Hon. John Hall, on behalf of his colleagues and himself, returned thanks. He could assure them that it gave him very great pleasure to be present on tins occasion, the more especially when he reflected on the remarkable growth which had taken place in Ashburton during the last few years, and he was extremely pleased to witness such a creditable and useful exhibition as that which had just been formally opened, indicating as it did the strength of local industries in their midst. It was perfectly true that in the infancy of a young country, agi-i----culture must be its main stay in ordinary circumstances, and for that reason this industry was one which the Government would do its utmost to encourage, bearing in mind that keen competition to which the Chairman had alluded. (Applause). It was also true that no country had become rich which had depended upon agriculture alone, and the time had come in New Zealand when that sort of employment must be supplemented by others.

Therefore he was gratified that the gentlemen < £ Ashburton had taken this step towards awakening an interest in local industries. He could assure them that the Government had a very lively sense of the importance of local manufactures, and would do everything to support enterprise of that kind. Before he sat down he would take the opportunity of saying a word about himself and the Ashburton district. He remembered when he first came through Ashburton, some 25 years ago. He was then accompanied by a Maori guide. The spot selected by him was a piece of land somewhere'near thew present homestead of Messrs Gould, and Cameron, and he could never hare believed that such a rapid change could take place in so short a time. In his *" most sanguine moments he never thought he should live to see the plains covered as they were now, far less that he would see so large a town* as this on a site so very near his early rambles, and least-of' all did he dream that he should stanj here to return thanks as the Prime Minister of the colony. In conclusion, he expressed bis grateful thanks for thei kind manner in which the toast had been proposed and responded to. Mr Bullock proposed—“ The General ' Assembly, coupled with the name of Mr. Wakefield. ” To the members which comprised that body the country owed most of its present prosperity, and the menii- r bers which represented the provincial district of Canterbury were all men they might bo proud of, as they served not ’ only their particular district, but the well-being of the whole colony, Mr Wakefield, M. H. R., said he regretted the absence of the member for. the district (Mr Wright), who was absent A with the Governor. It nevertheless gave him great pleasure to respond on this occasion, as representing the General Assembly of New Zealand. He might, say that he believed the members of the Assembly from all parts did their jdnty : " towards the country—(applause)—in a greater measure than the public, generally gave them credit for. (Applause.) . Tho } circumstances of New Zealand were so s , peculiar that its government was more * difficult perhaps than that of any .other-., country in the world—circumstahces that gave rise to so many local jealousies that 1 it was almost impossible to get any num- ■ her of men coming from different parts of - the colony to agree on any. subject ' . 1 (Laughter and applause.) That the , results of their deliberations, in these * circumstances, was not not. worse than they were, was owing principally ,to' the ■ high character generally of the men chosen as members of Parliament. They hadat ~ ! all events no violence in their councils,, i L and he felt bound to say that a very high ■ ’ desire appeared to animate the members ’ to further the interests of the colony, so far as the means would permit. 1 On this particular occasion it afforded him 1 personally very great pleasure to be i present, and he looked forward with hope ! to the time when the General; Assembly of New Zealand would devote itself to practical subjects, such as the local indue- •_ tries of the colony, instead of making laws ■ which the people do not want, and which they did not know whether to obey or not, (Loud applause.) He considered that’ an i occasion of this kind was of very great ; ’ assistance to the Legislature of the • country, as pointing out the way to go. 1 The members of Parliament had to look to the people for guidance, asmuch as thee ! people had to look to them in the'satne 1 way ; and he must say that if the General, ; Assembly of New Zealand would follow - i the guidance of the people of Christchurch,' i of Ashburton, and other places were ; affording them, in attending to the local industries, and increasing the productive* > ness of the country, they would d 6 a great ; deal more good than by devoting .them- ' selves to discussions tending id swell the volume of our statute books.- (Hear-hear.) As time was short he would Conclude by ; thanking them for honoring the toast of i the General Assembly. Mr J. C. Wason rose to propose the : s next toast, which was “ The Borough and - ! County Councils of Ashburton. ” In doing I so, he said that it was becoming more • and more apparent day by day that in the , i future of the colony, local governing' i bodies were to play conspicuous parte' - i A great deal had been said about responsible government. In his opinion a great i many did not understand what the word r “ responsibility ” meant. The best and ( most amusing definition he had heard i given to it, was illustrated in the follow- ■ i ing way by a boy, when ho said that if one of the buttons which held his sus-’ - penders gave way, there was a deal of ! responsibility remaining with the .other. >! . (Applause). The two bodies named had shown that they were capable of -gwww®* ing their local affairs, and, in sc doing? ha<jh gained a prestige. Mr W. C. Walker responded on behalf of the County Council. He believed that body had done their best to merit the approval of the district. That stream of water, which now crossed a portion of the plains, was one instance in which the County Council had endeavored to forward the resources of the district at large. (Hear, hear). ■ ?; Mr Bullock responded to the toast of the Borough Council, and alluded to the progress which had been made in the town during the past year. The special train at this juncture , arrived at the place of departure, where a large crowd had congregated. His ExcsD ■ lency and suite, having returned from their drive, then entered the train amid hearty cheering. We must not qmit to mention that the luncheon was provided by Mr R. W. Shearman, in a very spacious marquee adjoining the Hall, and was served in a way which gave the greatest satisfaction. Indeed the quality of the viands and the wines could not be surpassed.

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ASHBURTON INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 302, 25 March 1881

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ASHBURTON INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 302, 25 March 1881

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