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Messrs Edward Aldred and James G. M’Leod have each taken up ten shares, and Messrs George A. Birch (Invercargill) and Adolf Ahlfeld each five shares.

It is intended to have the picture galleries and concert hall lighted by electricity, and arrangements are progressing favorably. Tbe Executive anticipate that the light in connection with the galleries and hall will be sufficiently attractive to warrant careful preparations being made. The foundations of tbe art gallery have been laid, and the contractors for the music hall are busy preparing for active work. The visit of Mr J. Roberts, Dr Belcher, and Mr J. Joubert to the Northern provinces has had a very good effect in stimulating exhibitors and intending visitors. The applications for space will be materially increased, and it is evident that as the time draws nearer the Exhibition is gaining favor throughout New Zealand. The Executive Commissioner (Mr R. E. N. Twopeny) intends visiting Gore and Invercargill, and will leave either to-morrow or on Saturday.

By the last mail encouraging reports were received from the various special correspondents and agents of the Exhibition in Europe and Australia. The Mining Department of New South Wales intend shipping to Dunedin choir magnificent display, which attracted so much attention to the Now South Wales court at the Melbourne Centennial Exhibition. Preparations are already being made for shipping the exhibits to our shores.

Application has been made to the Government asking them to endeavor to secure the original maps and drawings of the New Zealand coast, whicfi were sketched by Captain Cook. These interesting relics are in the hands of the Lords of the Admiralty, who will doubtless lend them to the Commissioners providing the Government guarantee their safety. A large number of persons have already booked Tor season tickets, and the book is rapidly filling qp. The fact that priority of application carries with it priority of sitting for photographs should go far to secure a fall book by the time the Exhibition is opened. Building operations at the Exhibition have progressed satisfactorily, some of the work being in air advanced stage. The annexes have been completely boarded at the top, the roof has been fi?ed on over a considerable length, while the windows, which arp to rnn right round the building, have been fitted in over some fifty yards. The grand hall has been portioned off, the joists erected from the ground to the towers and the dome, and the apertures for ornamented windows at the front pf the building grooved out. The roqfing of the annexes giants up to the woodwork of the square windows, from which the raised portion of the roof is taken over in a semi-circular direction to the wjpdows on the opposite—the inner—side, then runping in a slanting direction down to the gardens on one side and the large exhibit hail on j;he other. The mala building and adjuncts have made rapid strides towards completion, although the main dome will have to be placed in position before the roofing can be finished off properly. The derricks for hoisting the principals of the dome have been placed in position, and should the weather be favorable It should be in place and ready for roofing by the end of the week; The iron with which it Is intended to cover It was landed from England a few days ago, and some twenty tons are now on the grounds, so that no delay will occur in covering the lino of buildings facing Crawford and Cumberland streets. The four towers have been partially covered with iron sheeting ; while the boarding will shortly be taken right down from the orpamental iron covers to the ground, being relieved by two rows of ornamental windows. Into the building proper the gas and water mains are being laid, all the fittings in connection with the former having been landed on Tuesday. Judging from the manner in which the work ja progressing, the building should be completed some time before the date fixed for tfie opening. The following letter has been forwarded to the Executive by the Colonial Secretary, it having been forwarded to him by the Secretary to the Government of India; —

fimla, May 31st, 1833. Sir,—l am instructed by I’is Excellency the OoTetnor-Goueral of India in CVundl to acknowledge receipt cf the Utter dated April 3,1889, from Sir James Prendergast/ conveying on invitation to participate in the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition, to be held at Duned.n in 1889 90. In reply, I am desired to convey the acknowledgements of His Excellency the Governor-General-in-Council' 'for the courteous invitation, and to ray that bis Government fii.da itself unable to take part in the project, His Excellency has, howevef, directed that the prospectus forwarded should be published in a'l the Government gazettes, and made known as Videly as possible to merchants, fhanufacturers, and the public. I am further to add that should auy firm in the c lony, recommended by the colonial Government, desird to import Indian products and art manufactures, the Government of India will, on receiving the

necessary information, direct that steps should be taken through the agencies established for that purpose to place it in communication with de&lera and producen in India.—l am* etc., E. 0. Bcce..

THE RIFLE MEETING. An Auckland telegram says: “ The local volunteers discussed the Exhibition meeting last night, and recommended that the meeting should be held a week earlier—* e„ on the 6th January; that in lieu of trophies medals should be presented to the winning team, at the same time recommending that the Exhibition Commissioners ebould give a shield; that any person winning LIO in prize money should be debarred from entering for this match.”

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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 7956, 11 July 1889

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EXHIBITION NOTES. Issue 7956, 11 July 1889

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