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A meeting of the Committee appointed tj the Synod of the Presbyterian Church to carry out tho project of having the part which the church played in the settlement of Otago represented in the Exhibition was held yesterday afternoon. There Were present—the Revs. Dir Stuart, Will, Chisholm (convener), and Messrs H. Clark, J. L. Gillies, R. A. Laweon, E, Smith, W. Martin. The convener stated that the custodians of the portraits of Dr Burns, Captain Cargill, John M'Glashan, James Macandrow, and others had agreed to lend these for exhibition. Mr Kettle had also granted the use of his paintings of the John Wycliffe and Philip ] Laing. Dr Hislop was furnishing a painting by Mr Hulton of the original First Church, and other pictures of historical interest. There would also be a somewhat full collection of photographs of the members of the first session, constituted in 1848; the first Presbytery, constituted in 1854; and the first Synod, constituted in 1866. In response to circulars sent to all the ministers a large collection of photographs' of churches old and new might also be expected. Mr Bannerman, who had been in the New Hebrides for several months visiting the mission stations, had written to the effect that he had made a large collection of spears and clubs, of Native dresses and Borne kinds of food, of timber, coffee, cotton, arrowroot, etc., and copies of all the books printed for mission purposes in the New Hebridean dialects. It was agreed to appoint Mr Lawson to superintend the arrangement of the bay. Mr J. L. Gillies offered to receive all exhibits, and the convener waß requested to intimate this to exhibitors. It is expected, therefore, that all Who have photographs or other 1 articles of interest to send will forward them to Mr Gillies, at the Harbor Board Office, Dunedin. Mr, Henry Mackenzie has received from the Colonial Secretary of Mauritius copies of the proceedings of the Governor-in-Council of that oolony with regard to the New Zealand Exhibition. The Gwernor-in-Council ultimately decided to inform Mr Mackenzie that tho time allowed for the preparation of exhibits was insufficient, and to ask him to express His Excellency's regret that the colony was unable to respond to the invitation of the Exhibition Commissioners.

The Railway Commissioners have expressed their willingness to grant free railway passes to Australian competitors attending the New Zealand Rifle Association meeting at DunediD, The Ruapuke chief, Teoni Topi Putaki, will be present at the opening ceremony. Canterbury is hurrying up preparations and showing the Way to her sister provinces in making forward arrangements. Mr F. N. Meadows, who has been appointed to take charge, in the absence of Mr Kinsey, expects a large consignment of goods on Monday evening, and the bays are ready to receive them. Canterbury applied for twenty bays, but could only get nineteen in a group, and consequently Milner and Thomson, the musical instrument importers, will have to show in the British end Foreign Court, while another leading exhibitor from the Bister province, Mr Hudson, will have to display his sewing machines in the Wellington Court. Canterbury will thus have twenty-one bays in all. Messrs A. J. White have arranged to furnish the offices, and Milner and Thomson will send the piano. A few choice pictures will be hung on the outer walls of the offices, and a select show of Maori curios is to be fitted up hard by. Nelson has only two bays, one devoted to a display by Mr Kirkpat.'ick, the jam maker.

We have been permitted to make the following extract from the letter of an exDunedinite, now resident in Melbourne: — "Our Government are going to send to your Exhibition some of their school apparatus, and we have an order to make four different kinds of desks similar to what we make for them now. In this connection I want you to note how peculiar matters turn out. In the first place most of the timber is from New Zealand; the man who sawed the timber, the one who worked the planer, he who made the tenons, the lad who morticed, the trtrner who turned the legs, the man who put them together, are all New Zealanders, and I might to say that the iron supports to the back rail were made by a New Zealand man; so that you can virtually say that they are entirely of New Zealand production. And I verily believe the horse that brought the timber from the wharf and will take the goods to the steamer is a New Zealand bred one. We shall pack them in cases made of New Zealand timber. Although a Victorian exhibit, it will be to all intents and purposes a curious exemplification of the old proverb about sending coals to Newcastle."

At half-past four this afternoon a number of the choir attended at the concert hall, and sang the 'Hallelujah Chorus,' the 'Old Hundred,' and ' God save the Queen,' the object of this rehearsal being to test the acoustic properties, with the view of rinding out whether the Bound would be improved by hanging draperies at the back of the stage. _^__^____^__

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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8042, 19 October 1889

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EXHIBITION NOTES. Issue 8042, 19 October 1889

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