The Exhibition Commissioners met yesterday afternoon; Mr J. Roberts in the chair. It was intimated that Mr A. Wilson had been appointed chairman of the Tourist Court Committee, in place of Mr J. Mills, resigned; aho, that Mr G.Fenwick had been appointed chairman of the Awards Committee. The report of the Tourist Court Committee was submitted, suggesting various arrangements that should be effected in order to give the court its due usefulness and attractiveness. It was expected that one of its five bays would be occupied by the Railway Department and Messrs Cook and Son, and another by the Union Steam Ship Company, while the remainder would be furnished with suitable fittings by the Committee. The cost to the Committee of equipping the court in the manner suggested will not exceed Lso.—The report was approved. The Chairman said he had just received a letter from his brother—Mr A. F. Roberta, of Edinburgh—intimating that he could get a pretty fair collection of from fifty to eighty paintings by Scotch artists sent out to the Exhibition if an arrangement were come to by which all expenses out and Home again were paid by the Exhibition authorities on all pictures that might not be sold in Dunedin but were returned to their owners. The estimated cost was about L 4 or L 5 per picture, and the writer was not only preSared to send out free some pictures himself, ut also to contribute LIOO towards the cost of sending the whole collection out.—lt was resolved to forward a draft for L.250 for the purpose suggested. Conditions for the ig3uiDg of a daily programme and advertising sheet were submitted and approved. Messrs E. C Reynolds and Co. wrote, on behalf of the Bank of New Zealand, offering to let to the Committee for the season the Grand Pacific Hotel at the Ocean Beach on certain terms.—The Chairman said that this matter arose out of a conversation that he had had with the Premier with reference to the probability of the Governor of New Zealand and the Governors of other colonies visiting Dunedin during the season.—The question was left over till next week for consideration.
The Chairman said that Mr Watson, of the Colonial Bank, had beeu communicating with the Ceylon Tea Planters' Association, with a view of inducing them to exhibit specimens ol the tea and other industries of their country, with Cingalese attendants to wait on visitors at the tea stand.—lt was ceaolved that permission to sell in the Exhibition could not be granted to the Association.
The Chairman said that the Fine Arts Committee had last night di.'ci.d«d to grant ithe 20-guinea priz j for the Exhibition certificate to the design forwarded by Mr C. F. Lambert, of Hereford street, Ohristchurch, provided that that gentleman finishes it_ to the satisfaction of the Committee, it_ being at present unfinished owing to the designer's illnesß. Approved.
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THE EXHIBITION., Evening Star, Issue 7969, 26 July 1889