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THE EXHIBITION SHARE LIST.

TO THU EDITOR. Sir,— lt Ims often occurred to me, when reading the announcements made by tho president at tho meetings of Commissioners as to the number of shares subscribed for, to ask whether that particular section of our community who may reasonably be supposed to benefit from this great undertaking—the artisan or working class—have been approached on the subject of taking up shares, and if so to what extent; and my object in putting the question through you, sir, is that if no proper appeal or systematic canvass has been made, that something of the kind should be done now, for 1 take it for granted that all, or nearly all in Dunedin, are desirous of seeing that this Exhibition movement, begun with sueh spirit and enthusiasm, should not bo allowed to ff)g or its financial success be imperilled for want of tho proper kind of effort. Now, I notice from Mr Roberts’s remarks at tho last meeting, that wo aie still about 1,493 shares short of tho required 15,000, and I would therefore suggest that tho working people should be invited to come forward, and that each man should take up one share, so that tho total number may be made up without further delay. I am quite satisfied that there is enough public spirit among the working classes of Dunedin to justify such an appeal, and I am equally confident that if it were made, and made in a proper manner, they would as promptly and readily respond. For what is the object of, and what are tho benefits likely to accrue from, this Exhibition ? Surely, the promotion, encouragement, and development of tho industrial arts, and consequently tho improvement of tho working class. During tho next twelve months Dunedin will be thronged with visitors and others attracted by tho Exhibition. These people must bo housed and fed, and I venture to predict that the town will be richer, by the time the show closes, by the thick end of half a million of money. Who will gain by this? Why, hotel-kcepers, boarding-house and private lodging-house keepers, butchers, bakers, produce people of all kinds, of course. Houses will require to be furbished up for tho expected guests, and tho services of tho carpenter, the painter, and other cognate trades will be in request. That the shopkeepers will have their share of the harvest goes without saying. Have I, then, said enough to justify my assertion that those who are likely to reap a benefit directly or indirectly from this Exhibition are they to whom an appeal should be made to make up the balance yet unsubscribed by the share list ? If not, I would only add that a good example has already been set—first by tho merchants and affluent people of the town, who have ungrudgingly given their hundreds of pounds to help forward tho movement; and secondly, lam glad to say, by the employees of several houses whose small though effectual contributions have stamped the givers with a spirit their fellows would do well to emulate.—l am, etc., A Shareholder, Dunedin, June 8.

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THE EXHIBITION SHARE LIST., Issue 7929, 10 June 1889

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THE EXHIBITION SHARE LIST. Issue 7929, 10 June 1889

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