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EXHIBITION NOTES.

The Southland section at the Exhibition should prove interesting, as a very good display will be mado. The classes include geological and mineralogical collections (lime and building stones, stream tin ore, native pitch coal and pipe clay, kaolin, and a mineral called " the missing link "), glassware, pottery, etc., household furniture, brushwarc, hardware, carriages, horse furniture, educational appliances (scientific apparatus of the Southland Education Board used in imparting instruction in geography and astronomy), musical instruments, works of art (pencil and color drawings, specimens of school work), photographs, agricultural products, winos, spirits, beer, animal food and products, wood and fibres, stuffed animals, agricultural machinery and implements, artisans' individual work, women's work, and numerous other exhibits which will be included in the home industry section.

The West Coa3t exhibits will include samples of various ores, including copper and silver, coal, timber, and lithographic stones. There will be a fine collection of the latter, along with specimens of work done in London ; while a wonderful piece of work will be a hearthrug made from raw wool, and which in design and appearance resembles a Brussels carpet. There will also be gold saving apparatus, view? of Westland, pen pictures, and numerous other interesting objects. Exhibits of ores and timber will also be received from Jackson Bay. A series of concerts by the children of tho Sunday School Union will form one of the most pleasing attractions of tho Exhibition. A short time since the secretary of the Union waited on Mr Thomas Bracken with a request that he would write a special anthem for the opening concert. Mr Bracken complied, and Mr A. J. Barth generously volunteered to set the verses to music. Tho juvenile choir will consist of about 500 voices, and, with careful training, the young people should be able to give an effective rendering of the piece, which, from the reputation of poet and composer, is sure to be worthy of the occasion. Sir James Hector has forwarded the following telegram to Mr W. L. Simpson, chairman of the Mining Committee : "Geological Department exhibits, for which the Government grant L2OO, are in hand. I presume you are collecting the other minerals. The Goldfields Committee have also issued a circular. Will make out a Bcheme to assist your arrangement of court and send designs for trophies. Cannot do more at present."

THE ENGLISH EDUCATIONAL AND SCIENCE SECTION. The Under-Secretary has forwarded the following to the Executive :—" Wellington, September 11. Sir,—l have the honor, by direction of the Colonial Secretary, to enclose herewith, in accordance with the request of the Agent-General, a copy of his letter dated July 25, relating to the representation of the Committee of Council on Education, England, in the Education and Science Section of the New Zealand Exhibition.—G. S. Coopek." Westminster Chamber?, London, July 25. Sir,—l have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 23rd May, directing me to ascertain whether the Committee of Council on Education would be willing to exhibit in the education and science section of the New Zealand Exhibition. I now encloso copy of a letter to the Committeo of Council, and the imtter is still under their consideration. In the meanwhile I have been in communication with the Science atd Art Department at South Kensington, and they have promised to send a set of art students' works (about thirty six), illustrating the various stages of art instruction undor that department, together with copies of their last annual report to Parliament, the Calendar, and the Science and Art Directory. Mr Kennaway has also been able to give valuable help, as his attention has for some time past been directed to the Swedish " Slojd ' system, and he will perhaps be able to obtain some interesting exhibits illustrating the same. In accordance with the terms of the oiroulars which have been sent by the ' Exhibition authorities, as well to myself

as to various educational institutions in this country, I am undertaking to send out any educational exhibits free of coat. The official pnvxaramo you sent me seems, it ia true, to confine free admission to such exhibits only as aro sent out by Government departments; but this would bo at variance with the circular to which I have referred. May I beg you to communicate this letter to the President of the Exhibition.—F. D. Bell." The following is the text of the communication forwarded by Sir F. Dillon Bell to the Secretary to the Committee of Council on Education: — Westminster Chambers, S.W., July 18. Sir,—The Government of New Zealand have directed me to bring the following matter under the consideration of the Committee of Council on Education : An exhibition is to be held in the colony next Novembar, and my Government desire me to express the hope that your department may bo inclined to send exhibits there relating to education and science. A special committee has been appointed, to whom the direction of the educational court has been coafided, and I beg permission to enclose several papers as noted in the margin (thcaeare the general programme of the Kxhibition, special programmo of tbe educational court, and circulars issued by the Education and Science Committee), explaining tbe object of the Committee, and the kind of exhibits they are most desirous of having, in order to illustrate the educational systems of various nations. As a now couutry mus6 look to the Old World for its educational inspiration, it is of the highest importance to know what aro the most recent ideas and the latest experience with regard to both primary and higher education. My Government feel sure of the sympathy of tlio Committee of Council with their endeavors to secure for the puople of New Zealand tho inestimable benefits of a good education, and they will be sincerely grateful for any help the Committeo may be able to give them in furtherance of that object. If it should be consistent with the regulations of your department to give or to lend any exhibit for the Education and Scienco Court of the New Zealand Exhibition, I should bo happy to reoeivo and forward tbem free of coat, and in any caso I trußd you may bo kind enough to let me have copies of the latest reports and other publications which you may be able to spare, including any information you poascFs in regard to the "Slojd" or othor special systems now at work in Britain and foreign countries. F. D. Bull, Agent-General.

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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8013, 16 September 1889

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EXHIBITION NOTES. Issue 8013, 16 September 1889

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