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FOURTH EDITIOH. Published at 5.30 p.m.

The fortnightly meeting of the Exhibition Commissioners was held this afternoon; present—Messrs J. Roberts (President), R. Twopeny (Executive Commissioner), A. Bartleman, Dr Hocken, W. M. Hodgkins, T. Brydone, Dr Belcher, A. Wilson, M.A., W. Carlton, G. Fenwick, R. H. Leary, T. Brown, G. Bell, J. H. Morrison, and J. White. THE GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY. The Colonial Secretary wrote intimating that the Treasury had been instructed to remit L 2,000 of the Government subsidy, being the first instalment on that account. The President stated that the sum in question had been duly received. Dr Belcher qsked what concessions, if any, are the Executive prepared to make in the case of files or similar entertainments given by schools or chaiitable institutions, bo as to abate to managers and promoters of such entertainments the expense of securing the use of the concert hall ? The Chairman said that the Executive had been considering this matter, and had anticipated being able to lay a distinct recommendation before today's meeting, but they had found that further consideration was required, and would, therefore, ask that the matter be held over till next meeting. MISCELLANEOUS. Dr Belcher said he would like to say a few words, in order that the meeting might understand the position. The matter had been brought under his notice in connection with the Christian Brothers' School, the management of which wished to give an entertainment in the Exhibition in December with a view of raising funds to pay for the expense of making an exhibit in the Educational court of the Exhibition, As a rule, when the school gave an entertainment a hall was engaged, and they charged parents and friends an admission fee of Is, but if they gave an entertainment in the Exhibition—unless some concession were given—their patrons would have to pay 2s, Is extra, having to be paiA for admission to the Exhibition. The school management thought that if some concession, per head or en bloc, were not made, the object they had in view would be defeated. It was resolved to hold the matter over till next meeting. The draft programme of the opening ceremony was submitted by the Ceremonial Committee and approved with amendments. Commitments made by the Executive sines last meeting were read and dealt with in the usual way. The President submitted a list of invitations proposed to be sent out for the opening ceremony, and in doing so said that he hoped the meeting would not be alarmed at the dimensions that the list was assuming, for although a large number of invitations were proposed to be sent out it was not expected that many, in comparison, would be accepted. Still it was thought advisable to extend the courtesy pretty widelv. The list of invitations was being gone through in detail as we went to press.

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EXHIBITION COMMISSIONERS., Issue 7998, 29 August 1889

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EXHIBITION COMMISSIONERS. Issue 7998, 29 August 1889

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