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The Christchurch Liedertafel visit Dub'edin between Christmas and New Year, and) give two concerts at the Exhibition, in corn* pliance with a request! Mr Kinsey has received over eighty pictures from Canterbury artists. The Selection Committee will decide which off them are to be sent down South under th» regulations relating to fine arts exhibits. Some dozm architectural drawings have also been sent in.— ‘ Lyttelton Times..' The Commissioners are advertising for asphalters to compete for the covering up of the pathway at the entrance to the Exhibition, Each competitor will have a strip off ground allotted him, and the portion which has stood the traffic best when the Exhibition closes will be awarded a first-class certificate. Each contractor will be allowed to sink a plate bearing his name. The Australian Elevator Company havo intimated that they intend erecting a perfect imitation of the celebrated Eiffel Tower in the centre of the Exhibition grounds. Tho elevation will be somewhat higher than tho main dome, with a platform which will measure 30ft square on the top, so that visitors will be able to have a bird's-eye view of the surrounding scenery. Several nurserymen have commenced operations upon the portions of the gardens, allotted to them, and some of the spaces are already marked out for floral and shrub designs. The fernery now contains a number of ferns, etc., ready for transplanting, some of tho specimens being in splendid condition. The walls will be covered with moss and ' lichen, over which wire netting will bo placed to keep them in position. The ap- ‘ preaches to the fernery will be a man of i ferns and rare shrubs. A number of the courts are new in tho possession of their owners, and are being fitted up to receive exhibits. The main driving shaft for the machinery department will be placed along the southern portion of the cross annexes, and the motive power will bo derived from s powerful engine, which will be placed near the “ railway ” avenue. The ceiling of the concert hall, which will be semi-circular in shape and will bend down over the stage, is being formed, and it is expected that the acoustic properties of the building will give every satisfaction. The following gentlemen to whom invitations to the opening ceremony were addressed have announced their intention off being present Messrs W. C. Walker, M.H.R., Sydney Taiwhanga, M.H.R., A., U. Ross, M.H.R., Colonel Humphrey (Under-Socrotary for Defence), T. W, Lewis (Secretary of the Native Department), Mayors of Auckland, Christchurch, and Kaitangata, Colonel Bailey, Major Hannay (Invercargill), and the chairman of the Hawke’s Bay County Council.

EXHIBITION RIFLE MEETING. The programme for the Exhibition and intercolonial rifle meeting has just been completed, and a copy has been forwarded to us from Wanganui. The gathering begins on January 13 next, Musselburgh having been selected as the locale. Owing to Parliament having voted a subsidy of L 1,009 the Executive are enabled to provide aa attractive bill of fare, the prize-money being the largest yet offered in this colony. Proceedings will open with the Wellington Match—seven shots at 200,600, and 600 yards —for which fifty prizes of the value of Ll2oare offered. Then comes the Hawke’s Bay Match—ten shots at 600 and COO yards—with like prize-money. On the second day the ball will be opened with the Marlborough Match—ten shots at 500 yards—for which forty-four prizes of the value of LIOO arc given; and this will be followed by the Wanganui Match—ten shots at 700 yards—with similar prizes. Then comes the piece tie resistance, the Exhibition Match—seven shots at 600, 600, and 700 yards—the prizes for which are sixty in number, of a total value of L 176. The first prize in this event is L 25 and a gold medal; the second Lls and a silver medal; and the third LlO and a bronze medal. The Ladies’ Match follows—ten shots at 200 yards and this is a novelty at our rifle meetings, inasmuch as lady subscribers only cau nominate competitors. Forty-four prizes of the value of LIOO are offered, the highest scorer receiving a handsome gold bracelet. Next on the programme comes the Christchurch Match ten shots at 600 yards and again forty-four prizes of the value LIOO are offered. The Otago Match is of course a prominent event, sixty prizes of L 162 being given; the conditions being seven shots at 300, 500, and 600 yards. The Auckland Match will be ten shots at 300 yards, position kneeling; and forty-four prizes of the value of LIOO are allotted. Then comes the Grand Aggregate Match, or first stage for the Championship, open to the hundred highest aggregate scorers in the beforementioned matches—the Wellington and Ladies’ Matches being excepted—for which the prize-money is LIOO, divided into forty prizes. The conditions of the event are seven shots at 600, 600, and 700 yards. The last try follows, and is a Consolation stake, inasmuch aa it is only open to those who are excluded from competing in the previous event. For this sixty-six prizes of the value of Ll6O are offered.

The last stage of the Championship is restricted to thefifty highestaggregatescorers in the Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, Wanganui, Exhibition, Christchurch, Otago, and Grand Aggregate matches, who Anally fire ten shots at 700 yards. The rifle champion for the year takes the rifle'belt, a gold star, and L6O; while the next man gets a silver star and L4O; the third a silver star and L3O. The thirteen prizes amount to L2OO. The Intercolonial Match is open to teams of ten men; ten shots being fired at 200, 500, and 600 yards. The winning team gets LIOO, and a medal is presented to each individual member. It is expected that this event will be contested by Now South Wales, Victorian, Queensland, South Australian, and New Zealand marksmen.

The Companies’ Team Match should furnish an interesting and exciting contest. This event is open to teams of five men from any volunteer corps or any bona fide rifle club in the colony. The entrance fee is 60s per team, and the conditions seven shots at 200, 500, and 600 yards. Ten prizes of the value of L2OO will be given should sufficient corps enter. The winning team take L6O and the Rifle Challenge Cup; the second highest team get L4O. In addition to the above events there will be a District Representative Match, a Parliamentary Match, open only to members of the House of Representatives or Legislative Council, the conditions for which are ten shots at 500 yards, and the prize-money LIS; a Press Match, open to editors and reporters and the ‘Hansard’ staff; and the Continuous and Running-man Matches. The Union Company’s Cup has also to be fired for under special conditions. The Carbine Cup will be awarded to the highest aggregate scorer in the Ladies’ ana Auckland matches. Martini-Henry rifles will be used, and it is expected that upwards of 400 competitors will take part in the meeting. We learn from Captain M‘Nab, the local member of the Association, that pending other arrangements being made with the Government for the issue of the Martini rifles, the N.Z.R.A. will purchase back from competitors after the meeting their Martinis for L2 11s, thus reducing the amount to be paid by competitors for the use of the rifles to 10s,

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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8020, 24 September 1889

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EXHIBITION NOTES. Issue 8020, 24 September 1889

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