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New Zealand at the Paris Exhibition.

President Carnofc recently paid a visit to the New Zealand and Victorian courts at the Paris Exhibition. He was received by Sir F. D.. Bel!, and, according to tho correspondent of tho 'Argus,' the President admired the specimens of_ New Zealand timber shown, paying special attention to a fine piece of totara root, which is over 6ft high. " What magnificent timber you have in New Zealand!" he said. Sir Francis acquiesced, and added that in point of quality also New Zealand is favored in respect of timber. M. Carnot then looked at the maps and plans of New Zealand which ornament the walla of this court, and remarked that they were very well done. Coming from an engineer of the President's ability, tho opinion was a valuable one. The praise was, however, by no means exaggerated, for, ps Sir Dillon remarks, the maps are the finest of their kind that have ever been sent over. The crowd was too great to permit further inspection. The Prince of Wales subsequently visited the Exhibition, but did not go into tho New Zealand court owing to the crowds which were gathered round the group of Maori figures. The New Zealand trophy of cereals is now in place. It occupies tho centre of the court. On a stand 3ft high, which is raised on a basis of two stops, is placed a pagoda-shaped dome, supported by four columns. Each column is masked by sheave s of New Zealand wheat, oats, and barley. On the stand, which is covered with red cloth, are placed samples of cereals in groin glass jars. The dome is painted blaok, with gold filleting. The timber is displayed on the right and left of this trophy. Amongst the specimens shown are pieoes of rimu, puriri, matai, totara, kauri, kowhai, manuka, manoa, rata, kawaka, toa-toa, miro, kakihaka, and tawa woods. The specimens are shown each with half its surface polished. It may be remarked that the timber exhibit, both in this and the adjoining Victorian court, is attracting very great attention from the public,

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New Zealand at the Paris Exhibition., Evening Star, Issue 7981, 9 August 1889

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New Zealand at the Paris Exhibition. Evening Star, Issue 7981, 9 August 1889

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