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At the meeting held this afternoon it was decided to leave to a committee the duty of arranging with Professor Parker and Mr G. M. Thomson for a fisheries court. The Rev. J, Chisholm, as representing the Exhibition Committee of the Presbyterian Synod, intimated that a sub-committee—-consisting of Dr Stuart and Messrs Smith and Pryde—was appointed to make arrangements about space and interview Dr Hocken as to tho relation in which the Synod's action should stand to the work of his Committee.

Tho general manager (Mr J. Joubcrt) forwarded the following report : Bu-Ming".—Since I had the honor to report to your Committee, the work under' aken by the contractors has been mos't satisfactorily ctriiel out. The front and back wall framing, aB well as tho eastern and western sides of the main building?, are up in their place. The concrete fout.dition of the central hall and dome, tcgetbor with top and bottom plates, are ready to receive the ni right j and pilasters. No. 2 ontract (Annexes) is also in a forward sta'e. Befoie the end of the current week the framewoi kof thirty bays will be ready for roofing. Messrs Thomson and Brdger being prepared to fumi-h sufficient galvanised iron in advance of their contract time, we may anticipate to have this portion of tho buildings ready to houso woikmen, so that the contractors shall not bo delayed in the event of rainy weather setting in. Fernery.—Plans and i pacifications for the fernery have been prepared an 1 adopted by tho Garden Committee.

Fine Art Gallery. -The same has been done for the fine art gallery, and as soon as this matter has been submitted to the Government and approred of these buildings will be proceeded with.

Concert Hall —The conceit 11311 is now being dcj'gmd by our architect, and will aIBO be pus<hel forward. i aniens.—The Garden Committee have made good progress. A number of p'ants, ferns, and shrul)3 have been collected, and placed in a Buitable building in close proximity to the Exhibition Grounds, reidy for removal as soon as tho grounds and fernery are ready. Tuifing has been resorted to instead of the original idea of sowiDg gras3—a large quantity of tuif iB already on the grounds. An application Ins been pent to Brisbane for a shipment of btaghorn and other ferns for ornamental purposes. Application for Space. Application for space continues, and is daily increasing. In most instances applicants prefer securing a wholo bay at the rate fixed—Llo. Several applications have also been made for tho select spaces in main avenues at the rate of 2ls per foo*:, such space being, as fixed by the Executive, 3x3. If-as I ha,ve no doubt it will be—the whole of this latt allotment is taken up, tho aggregate amount raised by spaco will be materially increased.

A discussion took place on the Executive's recommendation that the sale of exhibits be strictly prohibited, and it was resolved that the rule already framed on the subject be strictly adhered to. It was decided that the Executive be authorised to make a charge for licenses to sell goods manufactured at the Exhibition. [Left sitting.]

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INHIBITION COMMISSIONERS., Issue 7914, 23 May 1889

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