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A special meeting of the Commissioners, held at four o'clock this afternoon, was attended by Messrs J. Roberts (president), Lee Smith, Hon. W. H. Reynolds, Sir R. Stout, A. Bsrtlcman, Dr Hocken. W. Carlton, M. Ritchie, H. M'Ker.zie, Gow, W. L. Simpson, Hodgkins, Dr Bolcher, T. Brown, W. Dawson, R. H. Leary, and Twopeny. The President explained that the meeting was called for the purpose of dealing with matters of finance which the Executive had drawn up. The Executive had invited Mr Ritchie, as president of the Chamber of Commerce, to become a Commissioner. CORRESPONDENCE. Mr Walter Hislop wrote advising that the Norwich Union Insurance Company had determined to take twenty-five shares.—Acknowledged with thanks. A letter was received from Mr Alexander Roberts (brother of the president) stating that the collection of Scotch pictures was to be forwarded by the Tainui to Wellington, and that they were to be selected by Messrs James Milne, of Edinburgh, and M'Kay. Intimation was received from the Manufacturers' Association that they intend holdr ing an Intercolonial Freetrade Congress at Dunedin during the Exhibition, and asking whether the Commistoners could see their

way to grant free passes to delegates attending from the other colonies. It wai decided that the request could not be complied with, and the chairman was instructed to writeto Mr Eunson explaining the grounds for arrivng at this decision. COMMITMENTS. Several commitments by the Executive were adopted, including insurances to the amount of L 12.350. The insurance was as near as possible half the value of the buildings. The time for insurance for building and exhibits would be nine months, and it was likely that a 50s rate would be agreed on for both colonial and foreign All loan insurances were effected by the Executive Commissioners.

The President stated that the Executive hrvi d-vidul to ml' the Hon. <_'. A! 1 Lean to ai',.>w his uuiik: t-:s bu place-! on the lint of vice ■ presidents. Mr M'Lcan had been most useful iu Wellington, and had interested himself oa behalf of the Exhibition in many ways.—The suggestion was unanimously approvod of. The meeting then resolved into committee to consider matters of finance.

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THE EXHIBITION COMMISSIONERS., Issue 8016, 19 September 1889

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THE EXHIBITION COMMISSIONERS. Issue 8016, 19 September 1889

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