Mr C. D. Lightband, who is well known in the leather trade throughotrt the colony, having returned from a trip to Dunedin, was interviewed by a representative of the Chriatchurch ' Star,' in order to gather from him the impressions he had formed during his visit to the site of the forthcoming New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition. "My idea of the magnitude of the forthcoming Exhibition," said Mr Lightband, "was somewhat circumscribed till I actually reached the Bite. I must confess that I was taken completely aback at the enormous proportions it has already assumed; and, on inquiry, I found that the work now being done was onlv a flea-bite compared with what the building will be at the timo of the opening, and still it is very large. It far exceeds any anticipations that I had conceived of it. As Mr Joubert told mo, the roofed-in space is only about three acres short of that at Melbourne. I had at first intended to exhibit, and applied for a small space; but while I was in Dunedin I was so convinced of the necessity of t&king advantage of this advertising medium that I secured a whole bay in preference to the small space that had been allotted to me. I think it will be a great pity if the Canterbury people do not take advantago of so rare an opportunity to display the wealth of the country and their ability to compete with other parts of the world." The reporter inquired if Mr Lightband had sounded the Dunedin people as to their expectations of the success of the venture. Mr Lightband said: "Everyone seems satisfied that there will be an immense rush to it. Mr Joubert himself told me that invitations to the opening ceremony had been issued to all the representative men of the Australian colonies, from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the extreme South; and if only 10 per cent, of these came they would cause such a rush to take place that the colony would benefit immensely. Whoever comes will come at a season of the year when they will be glad to get away from the heat in Australia, and are as sure to make a tour of the colony as I am sure I am speaking to you." A cablegram from Colonel Sargood, one of the vice-presidents of the Exhibition, intimates that he has been able to Becure! from the Government of Victoria copies and scores of Cowen's • Song of Thanksgiving,' which the Music Committee were anxious to get for the opening ceremony. The music may be expected in Dunedin on Tuesday. The South Australian and Queensland Governments have followed the example set to them by New South Wales of appointing a Commissioner. At the request of Mr Allen, M.H.E., the Government have consented to place L2OO on the Estimates in aid of the Mining and Metallurgical Court. Dr Heotor estimates that LSOO will be necessary to make a proper display of the mineral and metallurgical exhibits. The Government grant will no doubt be supplemented by the Commissioners.
Between You and Me and the
1 have dropped in to whisper some things that titf heard— Between you aM Hie and the ' Post '— Picked up on the wing by a cute little bird— A. bird not unwise, and not Very absnrd; So you'll please to remember that every word Is between you and' me and the ' Post.' T'other night in the Houbo there were ructions, you know Between you and me and the ' Post'— For Fish and Dick Seddon both started td'erow, Seeming fully determined to run the whole show, Till the chairman remarked they were " playing it low " Thati'd between you and me and the * Po3t.' Be Quincey, must oftimea feel "struck of a heap"— Between you and me and the ' Post'; Such speeches would make old Demosthenes weep, But he silently sits and says never a cheep, And he icon t require opium to send him to sleep— Between you' and me and the ' Post.' Old Sir George is oft touched with a patriot's ' woes— Between you and me and the ' Post.' In opposing plurality, everyone knows Bo carried the day, and went on to oppose Other things which the Government sought to propose— Between you and me and the ' Post.' A Downey bird, sitting one night on a rail— Between you and me and the ' Poat'— Looked doleful and glum, and a little hit pale; Till finding which side in the end would prevail, He decided to go for the cakes and the ale That's between you and me and the ' Post.' Old O'Oonor is hiding a card up his sleeve Between you and me and the ' Poßt.' That monopoly's rifo he wouli have us believe; But we always observe when he means to deceive, So theie isn't much use in hia trying to griwe— Between you and me and the ' Post.' That old Jeltfcoe's clever, I'm sure you will ownBetween you and me and the ' Post,' He insisted on seeing his prisoner alone ; But I fancy he's grinding an axe of his own, And has kept it a lectle too close to thw stone— That's between you and me and the ' Post,' They nay that young Fergns is going to fly— Between you and me and the ' Post'; And all his supporters are wondering why Of the Government benches ho wants to fight shy. I've a notion he'll turn up again by and by— Between you and me and the * Post.' This kind of perlitioal rhyming ain't hard— Between you and me and the ' Post '— To a fellow like me, who is known as a bard; When I've visited Bellamy's dud with a "pard," I can rattle 'em off by the lineal yard, Sir, between you and me and the ' Post.' M. K. Wellington, September 1,1889.
Permanent link to this item
FXHIBITION NOTES., Evening Star, Issue 8006, 7 September 1889, Supplement