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Mr Walrond, private secretary to the Governor, returns to Nelson to-day.- He was greatly pleased with the accommodation provided in the Grand Pacific Hotel, the only drawback being the absence of a larger dining room and ballroom. If these were provided the place would be quite a model Government House.

The ‘ Fiji Times ’ of the 25th September reports a public meeting, presided over by the Chief Justice, at which resolutions were carried in favor of having the colony represented at the Exhibition. The general opinion was that the colony should be represented if a good collection could be got together, and it was pointed out that it would be a reproach to Fiji if that colony could not make a better display than Tonga and Samoa,

The Invercargill local secretary (Mr Rout) has wired to Dunedin applying for an additional bay for Southland, and on Saturday received a reply that all the space was taken up excepting in the main avenue, where a limited area could be obtained at a guinea a foot. Southland will be creditably represented, having had sixteen bays allotted. ! The only district in New Zealand except Otago which has taken up more space is Canterbury, which has twenty-three bays ; Auckland, with fifteen, follows Southland. Of the sixteen bays in the Southland Court Messrs W. Guthrie and Co, will take eight. , —* Southland Times. ’

The following gentlemen have intimated their intention of being present at the opening ceremony, in response to the invitation issued by the Executive: —Collector of Customs (Dunedin), Inspector Weldon, Mr E. R, Ussher (Public Works Department), chairman of the Southland Board of Education, Mr Abraham Beck (German Consulate of the South Island). Rev. G. P. Mutu (Native minister of religion), Colonel Pearce (Wellington), the chairman of the South Canterbury Board of Education, the chairman of the Patangata County Council, T. G. Macarthy (Wellington). Haurita to Aweawe (a Maori chief residing at Palmerston North), in accepting the invitation to be present writes, through an English friend, as follows; —“ Your kind invitation to the opening ceremony reached me to-day (October 5). ... I have the benefit of the world at heart, and wish to see what my—or our—country can do in the way of competition against other countries. I welcome all foreigners to this, my country—or rather our country—the English. This is all I have to say to you now. And may God assist yon in your great work, and God save our good Queen. From your brother, Haueita Te Aweawe-,” From Australia acceptances have been received from the Mayors of Sandhurst, Richmond, Geelong, the chairmen of the Melbou-ne Harbor Trust, C. S. Wilkinson (Sydney), Dr Salow, M.P. (Adelaide), Hon. H. L. Bright, M.L.C. (South Australia), Mr Stock, M.P. (South Australia), Mr C. Featherstone, M.P. (South Australia), W. Dowding, M.P. (South Aue- ; tralia), Sir Charles and Lady M'Mahon, ; Hon. James and Mrs M’Kean (Melbourne), Mr Audley Coate, M.H.A. (Tasmania), Mr J. P. Patterson (Melbourne Customs Department), Mr A. E. Moore (Vice-consul for Liberia), Colonel St. Hill, M.H.A. (Tasmania), and Mr H. R. Dumaresq, M.H.A. (Tasmania), Mr Ramsey, M.P. (South Australia). We have been requested to state that those persons who do not reply to the invitation to be present at the opening ceremony within reasonable time need not expect to find seats reserved for them.

A large collection of exhibits from Fiji have been promised, and are expected to arrive in November. They will be used at the agricultural show at Suva, and will then be forwarded here.

The bays are being put into ship-shape order by the respective representatives, and the annexes present a busy appearance. We have been requested to intimate that those exhibitors who have not yet taken possession of the space allotted to them should do so at once, so as to ensure the bays and courts being ready by opening day, Mr A. Seth, the Colonial Secretary of Hongkong, has been directed by the Acting-Governor to acknowledge the receipt of the letter enclosing particulars relating to the proposed New Zealand Exhibition. While thanking the Commissioners for extending the time for allotment of space in favor of that colony, His Excellency regrets that they are not in a position to take part in the Exhibition, He adds, in a letter addressed to Mr Hastings, that owing to the delay of the answer from the representatives of the Chinese community he could not reply earlier to previous communications. Two thousand four hundred globes, in pink, white, and pale blue colors, are being unpacked and stored. The balance, amounting to nearly 10,000, are expected shortly. The annexes are already being packed with cases, and a squad of the Permanent Artillery were at work to-day getting things in order at the New Zealand Government Court. Gun carriages, etc., are being placed in position already. A large album illustrative of the various games, pastimes, and employments used in the kindergarten system of education has been prepared at the instance of Mr Thomas Brodribb, Inspector-general of Schools in Victoria, for the Victorian Court. The album has been entirely prepared by Miss Eva Evans. The Tokomairiro Committee have authorised Mr H. Clark to expend L2O in ornamenting the local court, and a design for the front, submitted by Mr J. L. Gillies, was approved. Wo understand that H.M. Opal and Royalist will be the warships of the Australian station detailed to visit Port Chalmers during the currency of the Exhibition. They are at present at Sydney, and will leave there to join the rest of the squadron, which will assemble in Hobson Bay at the end of this month in order to welcome the new admiral, Lord Charles Scott.


The following communications have been received from the Colonial Secretary’s office, dated Wellington, October 4

To the President New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition,

Sir,—Referring to my letter of the 19th ult., I have the honor, by direction of the Minister acting for the Colonial Secretary, to enclose herewith for your information copy of a letter received from the Agent-General of the 21st August in reference to the pictures which the owners thereof desire to be so'd. G. S. Cooper.

"Westminster Chambers, London, August 21,1889. The Hon, the Colonial Secretary. Sir,—Referring to my letter and memo., I have the honor to transmit herewith a complete list of the pictures which the owners thereof desire to be sold, and naming the prices which they authorise to bo taken for the same. I also enclose copy of a circular which 1 addressed to the owners of these pictures, specifying the conditions under which the sales are to be made [one of the conditions referred to is than the sale will be made, while the amount of insurance, freight, commission, and other charges will be deducted from the purchase money]. With regard to the mode in which the sales of these pictures are to bo effected, I desire to point out that, as the Government are paying the cost of the freight, insurance, etc., and are also responsible to tho owners, it will bo necessary that arrangements shall be made providing that the purchase moneys received shall be paid over to the Government, in order that I may bo placed in a position to settle with the owners on this side. F. D. Bell.

President N.Z, and S.S. Exhibition. Sir, —I have the honor, by direction of tho Minister acting for the Colonial Secretary, to enclose herewith for your information copy of a letter received from tho Agent-General, dated August 20, in reference to certain educational exhibits procured by him for the education and science department of tho New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition. G. S. Cooper.

Westminster Chambers, London, August 20, 1889. The Hon. the Colonial Secretary. Sir,— Referring to my letter of July 25, I have tho honor to inform you that I have procured the undermentioned educational exhibits for the education and science department of the Exhibition: models illustrating the kindergarten system, supplied by Messrs A. N. Myers and Co., Berners street, London. Theseexhibits hareboen packed in one case, which has been shipped by the Ruapehu. (2) Models, bench tools, and publications relating to the “ slojd ” system of manual education. These exhibits have been selected by Miss Chapman and Miss Uystrbra (who are both trained “slojd” instructors), and have been packed in a case skipped by the Ruapehu. (3) A set of art students’ works illustrating the

various' stages of art instruction, copies of science ami art examination papers, and copies of the annual report to Parliament, calendar, and the ‘Science and Art Directory.’ These have been supplied by the Science and Art Department at South Kensington, and will be forwarded in the Tainui, The bills of lading and Ml detailed list will be sent to the secretary of the Exhibition. I may add that the“siojd” exhibits, having been purchased, ai© the property of the New Zealand Government, but the kindergarten exhibits belong to Messrs A. N. Myers and Co , cd London, and are tab© delivered, at the close of the Exhibition, to their agents, Messrs Sargood, Son, and Even* at Dunedin. F. D. Bell.

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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8032, 8 October 1889

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