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Work at the Exhibition building is progressing in »n astonishingly fast manner, considering the limited number of workmen employed on the grounjl. The wooden framework of the western annexes and front building are already far advanced towards completion, the western portion gradually approaching the southern limit. The wooden portion of the foundation of the central dome has already been partly built up, while the building of the accompanying towers—to tho east and west of the main entranoe—has also been commenced.

The public have responded most heartily | to the notifiation regarding the fern and similar exhibits, and a satisfactory number of plants have already been forwarded to the temporary fernery which has been erected on tho Dunedin Iron and VVoodware Company's premises. Some of the larger plants received are extremely rich in foliage, besides being of an uncommon nature, while all the smaller plants are in splendid condition. Several dray loads of ferns, trees, etc., were conveyed from the temporary premises to tho Botanical Gardens this morning owing to the crowded state of the former building ; while the contributions of several of our leading florists, who have announced their intention of forwarding a large number of ferns, etc., have still to arrive. From all appearances the fernery at the Exhibition will be one of the most successful of the various departments, aud will certainly be popular. An informal meeting of the Commissioners was held this morning to consider what stops should be taken regarding City business firms who have not as yet subscribed in any way to the Exhibition fond. A list of names of those who had not yet done so was presented, and after a short discussion it was decided to hand portion of the names to various Commissioners, who promised to canvass the City for further support. The New Zealand and Australian Land Company have applied for 100 shares, and Mr W. Gow has guaranteed L 25. Mr D. W. Woods has also taken five shares.

Mr A. H. Ross has decided to resign the chairmanship of the Machinery Committee in consequence of his having to leave for Wellington about the middle of next month to attend to his Parliamentary duties. Mr D. Harris Hastings left for the West Coast this morning, with the object of furthering the interests of the Exhibition. He will be away about three weeks, and intends addressing meetings at Blenheim, Nelson, Hokitika, Greymouth, and Westport. _____________

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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 7917, 27 May 1889

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EXHIBITION NOTES. Issue 7917, 27 May 1889

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