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The name of Mr J. M. Ritchie, president of the Chamber of Commerce, has been added to the list of Commissioners. It has been decided that the oharge for the opening ceremony shall be 10s, while shareholders and season-ticket holders will be admitted for half that sum. All shareholders and season-ticket holders will have the privilege of securing seats for the opening ceremony up to November 1, and after that date any application will be granted. Meantime, any outside application will be booked, and the applications granted when the available number of Beats ia ascertained, the same being allotted in the order of application.

The Executive have received an offer for a, Btatue of the Queen for the front part oi the main building from a sculptor named Krchrschmar. It has been decided to obtain the opinion of Mr Fletcher (of the Victorian Court), who is an excellent judge of statuary, and should the work meet with his approval the offer will be accepted. In addition to 1,529 packages of New South Wales exhibits already landed, 2?3 packages will arrive by the Wakatipu. These consist of four tons of minerals from various parts of the colony, and include gold, silver, copper, auriferous quartz, coal, marble, antimony, shale, sandstone, brick clay, clayette, gold • mining specimens, cobalt, granite, diamond-bearing gravel, asbestos, bismuth ore, diamondiferous drift, alumite, pipeclay, building stone, etc. The ore comes from the prominent mines of the oolony. Some 267 packages, all containing ores of various descriptions, will also arrive per Hauroto. We understand that visitors will not, on any pretence whatever, be allowed to carry bags or receptacles of any description with them while making a tour of the Exhibition, the Customs Department being very particular as to the enforcement of the rule. Should, however, the Executive change their minds on the subject the Customs authorities will not allow the owners to leave the building without first submitting their property to a careful search by the Customs officers on duty.' A revolving' gate will be placed between the main door and the vestibule through which all porsons other than season ticketholders will pass, the dial of the machine informing the manager of the number of persons in the Exhibition. When the Exhibition is properly lighted some 15.000 gas jets will be burning. The concert, ball, art gallery, and gardens will be lighted by electricity. Nearly the whole of. the eastern annexes have already been sold, and it is intended to utilise them in various ways. One intends making a gymnasium of his portion, another a woolshed, another a stable, another a house, and another a ooncert hall for a country distriot. The various contractors' work is under the direct supervision of Mr Sterling, clerk of the building works. The Exeoutive have received a letter from Mr David Taylor Arnott, of Auckland, enI closing a draft to be devoted as a special prize for butter made by female labor at the Exhibition. Mr Arnott had at first intended that the prize should be for handmade butter exclusively, but finally determined that such a procedure would not meet his ends. His idea is that the production of the best quality of butter on a large scale in New Zealand should be fosterod and encouraged. Mr Arnott suggests that some condition Bhould be inserted so that the competition may be limited to the female relatives or women employ6es of bona fide farmers who.have no, interest in any faotory, but leaves the ultimate decision in this direction with the Committee. He states his belief and hope that, properly cared for and encouraged, this branch of the agricultural interest will prove .a large source of revenue, and one of the great mainstays of the.colony, for the reason that there is an increasing demand for this article, in. the Home market . ,

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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8014, 17 September 1889

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EXHIBITION NOTES. Issue 8014, 17 September 1889

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