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After the end of the present month only workmen and season ticket holders will be admitted to the Exhibition building. Messrs Cook and Son, of the Tourist Agency, have undertaken the hotel and residence accommodation arrangements during the Exhibition season. A daily register will be kept of available accommodation. The Education and Science Committee expect to begin placing their exhibits by the first of next month.

The Hon. T. Fergus was this afternoon conducted round the building by the president and general manager. The orchestra will probably assemble by the latter end of next week.

A 10 x 5 mirror is to be placed on end in each of the four mock arches in the dome. Mr A. Hamilton has arrived to look after the Napier Court. This gentleman will also see to the putting up of the large Maori house, which is to be erected in the gardens, alongside tb6 eastern verandah.

Oue of the best shows in the British and foreign section will doubtless be the tea kiosk for the display and serving of Ceylon tea from the Plantation Company's gardens at Eandy. Mr Hibble is decorating the kiosk in Oriental style. On the front appears an Hindostani inscription, the interpretation of which is " Ceylon's welcome to New Zealand."

The organ is being pat up by Messrs Sandford and Parson, organ builders, of Christchurch, who have taken a contract to dismember the instrument, convey it from White's shop in Christchurch, add four new stops, and re-erect it in the concert hall. The added stops are: A twelfth to the great organ, a double diapason to the swell organ, and a 16ft open and an Bft principal to the pedal organ. It may be remarked that this organ was recently used at the Christchurch Rink in connection with the production of ' The Messiah ' by the Christchurch Musical Society. At that time the pedal organ was not attached, and yet the instrument was found large enough for the, building, so that it should, with the solidity imparted by the pedals, be quite loud enough for this concert hall. We expect to be able later on to congratulate Messrs Sandford and Parson on making a good job of their contract. The organ will be blown by hand power ; that, at any rate, is the present arrangement. Mr J. L. Holland, the Auckland representative, has received word that the Committee are to hold a special meeting to consider his appeal for funds. The Auckland Court will, it is now arranged, have seventeen bays, including the space separately applied for by the Kauri Timber Company. This has been rendered possible by Napier giving up three of the bays allotted to that province*

Speaking of the Auckland Court, we may mention that an old Auckland resident, now belonging to New South Wales but over here in connection with the New South Wales Court, has offered to make a donation of L 5, if necessary, rather than that the Auckland Court should be a failure.

A start will be made next week to mount the guns in the Armory Court. Work in this section has been at a standstill for the last few days owing to the necessity of allowing the cement to properly set in the pits which carry the foundations of the big guns. The weapons shown in this department will be a 641b rifled muzzle-loader; a Gin breech-loader on a hydro-pneumatic carriage ; three quick-firing guns a 61b Nordenf eldt on a field carriage, a 61b Nordenfeldt on a garrison carriage, and a 61b Hotchkiss; two machine guns—a Maxim and a two-barrel Nordenfeldt; a field gun—a 61b Armstrong; also infantry rifles of all designs, from the flintlock of about 1692 to the Martini-Henry of the present day. Major Goring has charge of this court, and Sergeant-major Neville, H.A., is his executant officer. The guns and their mountings have been specially cleaned for the purposes of the Exhibition.

PROCESSIONAL DISPLAYS. The following letter from Dr Beteher, chairman of the Ceremonial Committee, speaks for itself : Sir,—To prevent misapprehension that may ensue from the proceedings of the meeting of the delegates as reported, allow me to mention that, notwithstanding the objection rased and sustained by the majority ot the delegates of the friendly societips to friendly societies taking part in any competition for the Cummiesloners* prize for the best display made bv society, shop* union, or trade in the procession of the 26th November, the delegates felt that tneit policy of abstention was limited to the action of the societies they represent. I am not, I think, wrong in sayiog that the resolution of the delegates leaves the matter cf competition for a prize quite open to bodies other than a friendly society, Pet haps I may go further by adding that the competition thus limited is not viewed with disfavor by the delegates, who sustained the principle that it is out of place for benefit or friendly societies to enter into such a competition. Henby Belcheb, Chairman cf the Meetings

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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8047, 25 October 1889

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EXHIBITION NOTES. Issue 8047, 25 October 1889

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