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The ordinary meeting of tho Commissioners waa held this afternoon, the President in the chair. COMMITMENTS It was announced that the total number of shares subscribed for to date amounted to L 13.507, in addition to the guarantee fund. The' applications for space amounted to L 421 10a Gd. Ic was also n ported that tenders would be oalled before tho end of the week for a fernery. Tho Prkbidknt stated that communications had been opened with mining districts with a view of having a mineral display separate from the display in tho local courts-to have, in fact, a mincß court. An offer had been made to the switchback r.iilway pecplo to accept L 350 in lion of a percentage on the takings. The Executive Committee had, it was stated, decided to loavo it optional with tho caterer to purclnse aerated waters either insida or outside the building. It was iutima'ed that the Fisheries Committee had appointed Messrs G. M. Thomson, Maitland, Wilkie, J. C. Tncmson, and Professor Parker a committee to inquire as to what could bo done in tho way of making an aquarium. They proposed to arraugo for obtaining fpecimens of fi-h and fiahing appliances from other places aa well as New Zealand. Tho Committee had been instructed that their expenditme raußtnot exceed L 250. The above remits from the Executive Commitree weio approved of. DISPOSAL OK 'JHE BUILDINGS. The President intimated that it wan proposed to advertise that at tho end of the Exhibition the buldinga would be sold in sections to the higheat bidders. The suggestion was approved of. PROGRESS OK THK BUILDING. Mr Carlton naid hn was not satisfied with the progress made by tlin first contractor. The I'iiKSiDKNT eaid that tho contractor had been unavoidably delayed, but had beon urged to hurry as much aa possible. CtBXKRAI, MANAGER'S RHrORT. Building* —The contractors for main building and annexes have availed themselves cf tho propitious weather to push on their work, and provided no delay occurs in the supply of timbor from Inveroarglll their contracts will be well up to time. Octagons.—The tender for the introduction of four octagonal towers in centre and at the southern end of tho annexes having been accepted, the oontraetors have ordered tho materials, so that these structures, which will materially add to the general appearance of the building and afford Increased space, will he proceeded with, together with tbe erection cf the annexes. PUn of Exhibition. -Drawings of the elevation and ground plans of the Exhibition, together with descriptive matter, have been sent to Europe and Australia The ' Australasian ' this week in Mo bourne, and the Sydney 'Mail' in New South Wales, will contain a reproduction of the above, whioh it ia contemplated will thoroughly advertise the New Zealand Exhibition in Australia. The efficial agents in Europe have been requested to take similar action with illustrated publication* there. Water and Gas. —Thanks to the valuable and ready assistance of the Corporation officers a supply of water and gas will be placed at once on to the grounds. It may be Interesting to atato that in order to secure an adequate light throughout the buildings and gardens, 10,000 jets of gas will have to be provided ; and »o that an equal supply be furnished, with even pressrure, a special main has to be at once placed in 'Cumberland st'eet. This important work is to be proceeded with at once. Fine Art Gallery, Conoeit Hall, Photographic Gallery.—The former having to be submitted for approval to the head of tho Government has been Bomewhat delayed. The matter, howevor, having been placed in the hands of the Hon. Mr Fergus has been satisfactorily arranged. Tenders will be called forthwith together with those for the erection of a concert hall, and also an oporating room for the photographer whom the Executive have selected to prepare the admission cards for season tickets and the members of the choir. Music—Tho musical director (Mr Towsey) reports mist favorably of tho progro-s made by the choir under him. Several oratorios are in course of rehearsal. Three hundred and ninety members havo boon solected. Their united efforts are so far most satisfactory. Art Union.—A draught programme for an art union to beheld in connection with the Fine Art Gallery is now under consideratirn, is expected that a rmm of L 5.000 may be rai'ed. This will enable the Fine Art Committee to purchase a large number of valuable paintings, both in oil, water-color, and other works of art, which by this means will be retained in the colony, besldeß stimulating artists in sending their werks to the Exhibition.

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THE EXHIBITION., Evening Star, Issue 7926, 6 June 1889

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THE EXHIBITION. Evening Star, Issue 7926, 6 June 1889