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Work in connection with the construction of the Exhibition building is progressing apace. Already the main building is assuming its proper form, while the western annexes have been run up to the main building and extended in a southerly direction. The eastern annexes are not in such an advanced state, but it is anticipated that work will progress quicker on that part of the building in a few days. There are at present sixty-three workmen employed at the building, and this number could be increased were the supplies of timber coming more readily to hand. Following up their determination to place sods, packed well together, over the space reserved for the purposes of a garden, the Executive have ordered supplies of clean-cut sods, which are at present being stacked on the outskirts of the garden preparatory to being placed down, which work will bo commenced in a few days. The following report by the chairman (Mr V. Fyke) of tho Mining Committee has been forwarded to the Executive: — The Committee was “set up” m Januaiy, when 1 was elected to the office of chairman. As I am now returns liom tint position to attend to my Parliamentary duties, I have prepared a brief re.mmi of operations to present date. The number of meetings held has been fourteen, of which one for want of a quorum. The work of the Committee has been to make arrangements for the display of mineral exhibits and mining machinery, and provision for crushing and testing ores. Gons derable success has attended the Committee’s effo. ts, and the interest in the Exhibition is undoubtedly increasing. Circulars and letters have been tenc to public bodies throughout New Zealand, to members of Parliament and other public men likely to render assistance, and to r, considerable number of persons in the Austi alas’in colon’c, San Fiancieco, and elsewhere. Exhibits are freely prom re .including some from tho celebrated Broken Hil-. silver mines, facihtated by the courteous co-operation of Air Chapman, solicitor, of M- lb lUrne. The Mount Morgan Mine lias ah o been applied to, through Mr J. 13, Caban, of this City; and the Government geologists of most of the colonic i have intimated their intention of rendering valuable assistance. In the case of the Mount Biichoft mines there will be some little difficulty in obtaining exhibits, owing to prearrangements made by the companies for exhibiting at Launceston, where an indurtiial exhibition will shortly he held. It seems, however, that by a slight extension of the time for receiving exhibits, tho model of the Mount Bisohoff mines and samp es of the ore could yet be secured for the New Zealand Exhibition.

From Sydney and Melbourne many large, interesting, and valuable contributions arc expected ; as also from the Wellington and other colonial museums.

Airangcments have been entered upon for the erection of a laboratoiy and assay office, the Commissioners having agreed to grant Ll5O for the nccc. uty building, and tho Minister of Mines being prepared to provide an expert or experts for the nuTiipnb.l : ou of ore:', etc , towards the close of the Exhibition.

There are other proposa’s before the Committee not yet fully developed, and which will no doubt receive due attention.

The expenditure of the Committee has been nil,

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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 7930, 11 June 1889

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EXHIBITION NOTES. Issue 7930, 11 June 1889

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