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Miss Mary Rachael Moore, of London, has taken forty shares through Mr Walter Hislop, of this City. The offer of Messrs M'Leod and Co., Limited, to supply the Governor’s residence at Ocean Beach, as well as the offices, lavatories, etc., at the Exhibition, with all the toilet and other soap required has been accepted by the Exhibition Executive. The fernery is rapidly assuming a very attractive appearance, and we predict that most people will be surprised at the elegant and effective display provided when the doors are opened. Mr M'Neil is building up a cascade in the centre of the apartment, and the bedding of the ferns and mosses is nearly completed. Mr Bryant, the schoolmaster at Owake, has kindly forwarded a number of contributions to this department, and the Committee are similarly under an obligation to Mr M'Kinlay, keeper of the Nuggets lighthouse. Outside the fernery is a plantation of a number of veronicas and other native plants, considerately sent by Mr Waugh from the Corporation gardens at Invercargill. This collection is highly prized, and will doubtless be generally admired. The following list of pictures, comprising the Scottish Art collection, has been received :

OIL PAINTINGS. James Hamilton, A.B.S.A.. —‘Cottages Aberfoyle.’ Duncan Cameron. —‘ Craigforth, near StirJohn Smart, R.S.A.—‘Old Inn at Inverlooby ’; ‘ Glendochart and Heaitof Glen Kinglass ’; ‘BlackMount’; ‘DeeForest’ J. Lochhead.— ‘Morning in the Village’; ‘Grandmother’s Pets.’

J. Donovan Adam, A.R.S. A.— ‘ Bob Boy, a Highland Chieftain.’ Utto Leyde, E.S. A.—‘Scotch Interior, near Largo, Fifeshire; ’ ‘ The Town Drummer.’ C. M. Hardie, A.E.S.A.—‘Peaceful Warfare ’; ‘ Harvest in Teviotdale.’ Barbara Feddie.— ‘ A Little Maid of Norway.’ J. Michael Brown.—‘The Courtier’; ‘The Love Letter.’ W. G. Burn-Murdooh,—‘The Leisure Hour’; ‘Study of Girl’s Head.’ 6. W, Johnstone, A.E.S. A.—‘Autumn Time at Oanonbie, Dumfiieshire ’; *ln Glenfallocb, a Mountain Stream.’ Erskine Nicol, jun.— ‘ Home of the Mallard and Teal.’ Charles Maokie.— ‘ Highland Woman at the Quern’; ‘Sunset at Clackmannan.’ William Walls. —‘Under the Alder Trees’; * Interior with Cedars ’; ‘At the Smithy Door.’ George Grey.— ‘ Norham Castle.’ H. J. Dobson.—‘ScottishSacrament,’painted in the interior of Abercorn Parish Church, near the Hopetoun House. John Blair.—‘The Tweed.’ W. Beattie Brown, B.S.A.— ‘EUandonan Castle ’; ‘ Loch Alsh,’ Boss-shire. Eobert M'Gregor, R.S.A. ‘ The Crofter’s Yawl ’; ‘ Gathering Potatoes.’ William M'Taggart, E.B.A.—‘The Atlantic Shore.’

Hugh Cameron, R.b’.A.—‘Going Home.’ J. H. Oswald.—* On the Canal, Dordrecht ’; * Scheveningen Fishing Boats. ’ D. Farquharson, A.R.S.A. 1 Nithsdale ’; ‘ The Links of Forth from the Abbey Craig, Stirling.' J. £, Macdonald, R.S.A. ‘Leaderfoot Bridge ’; ‘ Oramond Bridge.’ W. D. M‘Kay, E.S.A.—‘A November Pastoral, Roxburghshire.' A. H. Burr.—‘Seventy Tears Syne.’ Erskine Nicol, A.R.S.A.— ‘ The Family Boat, County Galway.’ Robert Ross.—‘The Spinning Wheel.’ John White.—‘Dora.’ WATBB COLOBS. Barbara Peddie.—‘Baxter’s Close in Edinburgh, where Burns resided.* Erskine Nicol, jun.— ‘Clearing off’; ‘Skye from the Mainland.’ James Douglas,—’ Glen Esk ’; ‘ November’; ‘ In the Byre.’ T. M. Hay.—‘The Farm Yard ’; ‘Fair Day, Berwiok-o n -Tweed. ’ Robert Little.—* Street Scene. Hyeres.’ Jessie Grey.—* Washing Day. 5 H. J. Dobson.—‘Eventide.’ John Blair. —‘ Mending the Nets.’ Walter H. Faton, R.S.A. —‘Silver linn, Dollar Burn’; ‘ On the Trossachs Road.’ Tom Scott, A.B.S.A.— * Street Scene, Tnnis’; ‘ The Hour of Gloamin’ Licht ’; * Sir Walter Scott’s Favorite View of the Tweed from Bernersyde,’ R. Oemmell Hutchison. ‘Unveiling the Market Cross, Edinburgh, by W. E. Gladstone.’ Harry W. Kerr.—* At the Kirk Door.’ D. Farquhatson, A.R.S.A.—‘Roslin Castle, Winter Time.’ Thelate Robert Herd man, R. S. A.—‘Ondemia a Greek Maiden.’ W. Beattie Brown.—‘ Dalmeny from Ora mond.’ Mr A. Wilson (chairman of the Tonrists’ Committee) wrote as follows:—“I have to request that you will lay before the Commissioners the following resolution which was passed at the last meeting of the Tourists’ Committee on Hie subject of accomodation for visitors, which was remitted to the Committee for consideration:—* That] the Commissioners be informed that the Committee are of opinion that provision for the accomodation of visitors does not fall within the scope of their duties; and that the Committee recommend that the Executive appoint an officer to take charge of the matter, and the Committee will render any assistance in their power to that officer.’ 1 may say that the Committee were quite sensible of the importance of the question, and expressed themselves anxious that some suitable provision should, if possible, be made. At the same time, we did not think it practicable for us to make arrangements, as it wonld require a specially-organised department with an office and one or more paid officials to accomplish anything that would adequately meet the case. We understand that the Executive have already taken steps towards ascertaining what available accommodation there is, and preparing snch information as may be useful to visitors. The Committee highly approve of this, and desire to say that they will cooperate gladly with ' the Executive by making their court as serviceable as possible in publishing and otherwise utilising the information so collected. I enclose for the perusal of the Executive a

letter on the subject which I received since the last meeting of Committee from a representative of the U.S.S. Co., who is also a member of the Tourists Committee. Dunedin, October 16,1889.

Dear Wilson,—Although the Tourists’ Committee decided to inform the Commissioners that they did net think the question of the best means of providing accommodation for the expected visitors lay within their province, aijill I think in conveying this resolution to them it would only be right on the Committee’s part to mike some recommendation to the Commissioners, leaving to the latter the actual carrying out of any course that may be adopted. I have had one or two conversations with Mr Mills on the matter, as it is one in which our company is indirectly interested, and I think itaswGlto offer a few suggestions, which, if you think fit, you cm pass on to the Commissioners when advising them of the resolution of the Committee.

There are two classes of visitors to provide fot-first, those persons who purpose remaining some little time in town, and who will necessarily seek hotel or boarding-house accommodation. The second class, is composed of those Visitors who will come from country districts near at hand, and for whom probably only a bight’s shelter is required. For the convenience of the first class it would be necessary to appoint an officer whose duty it would be to ascertain all available hotel and boarding-house accommodation and the terms, and to keep himself in constant communication with the proprietors, so as to know exactly when vacancies arise and when they are filled up, and what accommodation is therefore available at any time. The register which js I understand now being kept at the Exhibition is of course a step in this direction; but unle sit is placed in the charge of someone who is responsible for its correctness and completeness it will be of bttle practical value. Advertisements might be inserted in the newspapers inviting all who were prepared to accommodate Visitors to communicate with the Commissioners, and the fact that such a course was desired could bo mentioned in the notices which appeal* every now and then in the newspapers regarding Exhibition matters. I think also it would not be a bad plan to get mi: istors to intimate from their pulpits that the Commissioners desired all who were open to receive visitors to communicate with them.

It is for the Feooud class, that special steps will have to be taken for their provision. It is only natural to suppose that there will be a very large number of country people who will come to spend a day and night in town, and who will bo satisfied with accommodation much less pretentious than an hotel, and will bo glad if they can get a bed under cover anywhere. What is required to be done is for the Commissioners to ascertain what vacant buildings are available in which could bo placed a large number of bids for nightly hire by those visitors of the second class. Given a building there should be no difficulty in arranging with some caterer to do the furnishing. Nothing would be required but the plainest sleeping accommodation —the question of meals need not be considered at all. Several buildings suggest themselves ; such as, say, the Albion Brewery, now vacant; Marshall and Copeland’s Leith Brewery, lately used as a skating rink ; the Palace Skating Rink itself, probably; old Knox Church; some of the numerous Oddfellows’ halls; Y.W.OA. ITall; and other buildings which it would be the business of the Commissioners’ officer to find out. During the time that covers the school holidays different Slate school buildings might also be obtainable. With regard to the first class the Commissioners should not confine themselves to Dunedin only, but should ascertain what accommodation is available in such neighboring places as Port Chalmers, St. Clair, Cavershara, etc, I understand the use of the immigration barracks has already been arranged for. There is no doubt at all that the resources of Dunedin will bo taxed to the very utmost, and it is incumbent upon the Commissioners to take what steps they can to avoid any chance of a block. It would be a very great reflection upon them and upon the town if anything like a fiasco occurred in the shape of visitors seeking for a place to lay their heads, without being able to find one.—Yours faithfully, T. W. Whitson.”

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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8040, 17 October 1889

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