TO THE EDITOR.
Sir,—As a shareholder, and one who willingly subscribed his mite towards the success of the Exhibition, I have to ask you to allow me to bring before the public the peculiar manner in which the Commissioners have treated me in reference to the tendering for the catering etc. Tenders were called, and were advertised to close on the 15th of May, but the time for closing was extended to the 15th June, so that intending tenderers would have plenty of time to make up their minds as to the extent they would go. I went to considerable trouble and expense in endeavoring to find out the probabilities of the success of the undertaking, after which, aud in good faith, I put in my tender, accompanied by a cheque, and complied otherwise with all the conditions. The tenders were opened in due course, and mine proved to be the highest. I Bubmit that in all fairness it ought to have been accepted. But no ; and I learn through the papers that the Commissioners decided to return the tenderers their cheques and call for fresh tenders, as they did not consider the highest tender high enough. When I inform you and the public that my tender was considerably more than half the price paid by the Melbourne Exhibition tenderer, and that it was within L 25 o what Mr Roberts mentioned to me he con sidered would be the highest price obtained I leave the public and my co-shareholders to judge what reliance can be placed on the statement now put forward by the Commismissioners. Surely they do not imagine that we are to have over half the people who visited the Melbourne Exhibition here. I am afraid that no such good luck will attend us.
The fact is, sir, that before the opening of the tenders, and since, I have heard it currently reported that it was, and is, intended that a Melbourne man should get the tender, and had his tender been the highest it would at once have been accepted. I protest, sir, against the unfairness of the whole proceedings. The Commissioners had no right to open the tenders unless they were prepared to accept the highest, provided always that the highest tenderer was a suitable and responsible man. My tender is now public property, and the result will show how far that jade Rumor is correct. — I am, etc., John Lawsox, Railway Refreshment Rooms. Dunedin, June '22.
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EXHIBITION TENDERS., Evening Star, Issue 7941, 24 June 1889
EXHIBITION TENDERS. Evening Star, Issue 7941, 24 June 1889
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