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EXHIBITION NOTES.

TflE .OPENING PROCESSION,

An adjourned meeting of representatives of friendly and trade societies, etc., was held in the Garrison Hall last night for the purpose of making arrangements for the procession on the opening day of the Exhibition. The following bodies were sented:--Dunedin Operative Tailors' Society, Federated Seamen's Union, Dunedin City Fire Erigade, South Dunedin Fire Brigade, Railway Brigade, Dunedin Salvage Corps, M.U.1.0.0.F., 1.0.0.P., Foresters, Druids, Protestant Alliance, Hibernian Society, Loyal Orange Lodge, six brewery firms, carters, independent carters, Hillside Workshops men, Bootmakers' Union, operative bakers, Barningham and Co., Cossens and Black, Reid and Gray, A. and T. Burt, and Anderson and Morrison. The Chairman (Dr Belcher) said that the position at the close of the last meptjng was this : It was to be left open to every member of every trade or society to join whatever t.ftde or society he happened to belong to at his own wjeh in the course of the procession. It was dearly understood that there would be no compulsion attempted in regard to tho details of the prooession. To bring matters to a practical issue, he thought it would bo advisable to go through the list of those present, and ask them to say " Yes " or " No " as to whether tho bodies they represented intended to co-operate in tho setter or not, without asking whether or not they y/ere going as a friendly society or as a trade. This course was followed out, ana all the representatives, with the exception of one or two, replied that the bodies they were acting for intended to turn out. The delegates of the M.U.1.0.0.F. (Messrs p. Miller and P. Black), A.O.F. (Messrs A. S. Adams and W. Woodland), and the 1.0.0. F. (Messrs Cole and Dodds) intimated that the adhesion of their societies to the programme was conditional on the abandonment of the idea of offering prizes to the friendly societies for a display iu connexion with the processional march, and an amendment of the arrangements for lining the interior of the Exhibition. The Chairman shortly referred to the conditions that had been referred to. _ The regulations laid dowj? by the Commissioners were to the effect that the prvceppion, after forming in the Triangle, should pass along Cumberland street to Albany street, up Albany street and through George and Princes streets to tho Anderson Bay road, down tho Anderson Bay road, and then along Crawford street to the main entrance of the Exhibition. It was suggested, as was done at the opening of the Melbourne Exhibition, that the avenues of the Exhibition should be lined on one side by the volunteers who take part in the procession, and pn the other by the friendly societies. The sugg6sti.cn With regard to the friendly societies was intended, he believed, by those who promoted it—the idea did not come from himself—that the Governor should have the opportunity, on the occasion of hia first visit to this part of the colony, of seeing the actual strength, either jo the industrial or social aspect, pi the people among whom he had come to live. It was also felt that there was a long avenue of more than l,oooffc, and that the industrial and other sooietics, in theiy regalia and with their banners, would make a handsjjmp show, and would be an appropriate decora? tion of the otherwise rather still and dull life of the long courts. The Commissioners had looked over this matter, and they were not at all willing that the men having once got into the building as processionists should be walked out again, but they also said they

were not in possession of an unlimited purse, and every man on going in that day should, in some form or other, pay for his right to be there. The Exhibition was largely promoted by private subscription, and everyone should stand up in maintaining, not only tho success of it, but also the necessary expense connected with it (Applause.) Therefore the Commissioners said that if the (societies would collect Is from every man in the procession, they would, through a proper channel yet to be determined, tickets which would admit tho processionist over the Exhibition for the whole of that day ; and as soon as the procession broke off he became, so to speak, a member of the public. He (the chairman) hoped that that arrangement would meet with one objection that had been raised. With regard to tho question of prizes, he would say that the suggestion did not come from Dunedin, but from Christchurch, and when made here it met with a considerable amount of favor. But there was not much money to spend, and if any prize was offered it would be represented mainly by the dignity the winning of the prize would itself contain. In reference to the money prizes, he could only say that it was quite an open question. Mr Moss (Druids) asked if, in the event of a vote being taken, the chairman would be guided by the decision of the meeting. Some of the bodies, he understood, were represented by more than two delegates. The Chairman hoped that there would be no voting at all—(hear, hear)—and said the meeting was practically agreed about getting up a procession, although one or two small'difficulties presented themselves. He suggested that each body should nominate a sub-committee to work with the Subcommittee of the Ceremonial Committee. Mr Callan was glad to see that the trades had gone into the question enthusiastically ; but he understood that Borne of the men wished to go as particular shops, while others wished to go as a whole body. He suggested that representatives from the trades should meet together and settle the point among themselves. Among the iron firms he understood there was that question whether they Bhould go as a united body or as representing different firms. The Ciiairman remarked that the Committee were desirous that all industries should bo represented pictorially—that was to say, that the ironfounders, for instance, should show in the streets Borne branch of work actually in operation. They would have their stand on a trolly drawn by four or six horses properly decorated. So far as it was possible with other trades they would do the same in their respective lines. As the representatives of the trades were about to leave the room, Mr ConEN said it would be a great pity if the meeting separated without something practical being done. The time for the opening was drawing very close, and it would ba a mistake to keep on adjourning. The points in dispute between the friendly societies could be settled among themselves later. It might be desirable for the trades to group themselves, each establishment to have a distinctive sign or banner; but a decision on that point could be arrived at hereafter by those interested and communicated with as little delay as possible to the Ceremonial Sub-committee. He moved—" That the trades represented at the meeting be requested to organise themselves as soon an possible, and elect their marshals, to act with the Ceremonial Sub-committee in perfecting details of the procession." Mr C. Greenslade seconded the motion, which was carried nem. con. Mr Callan said that in addition to what the chairman said about lining the avenues he would like to say that the Governor (who would drive to the building from his residence at the Ocean Beach) would not witness the procession, and the only opportunity he would have of seeing it, as far as the friendly societies and the trades unions were concerned, was when he was going v down the avenue. All personal differences / and disagreeable matters should be put to a side, and all should do what they could to make the Exhibition a success.—(Applause.) Mr Earnshaw (Druids) moved—"That we fall in with the view of the Commissioners, and line the avenues." Mr Greexsladk asked how the men in the lorries and drays were to get into the Exhibition ? Mr Callan said that that difficulty had presented itself to the Ceremonial Committee, and it would be overcome in this way : If six men were in charge of a dray, five of them would go in, and one must be appointed to take the horses on. Mr Rkbvek was of opinion that if the bodies not willing to oarry out the programme agreed on had heard the speeches that had been made that night, they would at once withdraw all opposition and fall in with the views of the majority. After considerable discussion, which at times became rather heated, Mr Earnshaw agreed to withdraw his motion in favor of one suggested by Mr Cohen, that the representatives of the friendly societies present should at once meet the Ceremonial Subcommittee and discuss with them the disputed points. On the retirement of the delegates of the trade societies, Mr Mulligan moved, and Mr P. Miller seconded, in order to bring matters to an ipsno— "That if prizes are given by the Commissioners for the best show in the procession tho friendly societies will decline to compete for the same." The supporters of the motion argued that the friendly societies were sufficiently patriotic to turn out and help the Committee to make the demonstration a success without requiring any inoentive in the way of money prizes, as had been suggested, or a banner which the Commissioners had offered. The majority of the delegates present gave strong expression to the feeling that it would be a very bad precedent for their organisations _to spendmoney on or to enter into acompetitiou of the kind suggested. Mr Mo,ss and Mr Earnshaw (Druids' dolegates) vigorously opposed the action of_ the bulk of the delegates, It Heemcd to them that the majority were desirous of coercing the Druids. It was mentioned by Mr Mass that he had gone amongst his society weeks ago and counselled them to maUe ; a good show in t(]e demonstration, and make ahold bid for tho prtye that it had been announced the Commissioners were willing to give. Accordingly, the project had been taken up with enthusiasm, and in all probability a very attractive display would be made. It was selfish, to say the least of it, for the other organisations to say that the Druids should not be at liberty to compete with the trades for the trophy, or whatever- warn to be given. It seemed that the traces were going to compete, and'if the Druids could come in against them on an equal footing he would be quite content; but otherwise ho should be obliged, in view of the course that had been adopted, to take till next day to consider whether his society ought not, in the circumstances, to withdraw from the procession. Mr Callan mentioned that some of the trades hftd signified their intention of competing for the prize, whatever it was j possibly, it would be arranged that the Druids could compete against them. Mr Moss objected to the Druids having to ask permission to compete. If the other friendly societies did not think it worth whilo to do so, Burely the Druidß, who thought ofcherwisp and had taken action already, should no|; be debarreJ, It was anything but generous treatment, seeing how loyally the Druids had stood by the Ceremonial Committee, Several of the delegates said that they had not been aware before Mr Callan spoke that it was to be a competition open both to the trades and friendly societies. They pointed out that at previous meetings the impression had been gathered, from the fact that a banner was to be the prize, that the competition was limited to friendly organi-. sations, ' They hai no wish to prevent the Druids from oompeting, but they wished the Commissioners to understand that the friendly societies viewed Buch a competition, as affecting themselves, with disfavor, and would not take part in it. Mr Cohen thought that the difficulty admitted of eaoy solution. He was aware that tho Druids had gone to considerable trouble and some expense in arranging a " show," and they did appear to have a grievance if they were now to be debarred from competing. If the Commissioners offered a prize for the beßt "Bhow" in the prooession, irrespective of who made it, all sides would be satisfied. The motion was carried, Messrs Mosa and Earnshaw alone voting against it,

After a short conversational discussion, the delegates agreed unanimously to fall in with the arrangements for lining the avenueß, on the lines suggested by Dr Belcher in his opening remarks. THE OAMARU EXHIBITS. The following full list of the exhibits received for the Oamaru district for the Exhibition ia given by the ' Oamaru Mail':— Duncan Sutherland, wool, fretwork, and model of drafting yards, races, etc. ; E. Menlove, wool and locally-grown timber; Andrew Bell, butter churn ; M'Callum and Co., rough and manufactured timber; T. Isdale, collection of seventy different samples of wheat in ear and seed ; George Greenfield, artificial minnows ; William Ricketts, spectacles, folders, and general collection of optical goods; Robert Jackson, Danish oats, barley oats, white velvet wheat; W. H. Frith, imitation of inlaid marbles; 0. Totara Free Stone Company, blocks building etone (rough, planed, and carved); Waitaki Acclimatisation Society, one case stuffed fishes; J. and J. Sawers (Waiareka Dairy Factory), cheese (Canadian and Cheddar) ; Charles Martin, enamelled and burnished photos; Edward Fricker, white Tuscan wheat; H. A. De Lautour, collection North Otago minerals, collections diatoms from Oamaru, patent ribbed tent, ambulance stretcher; Oamaru Woollen Company, tweeds and three-ply yarn ; J. and T. Meek, flour, grain, oatmeal ; Ireland and Co., stone and roller flour; Lintott and Co., malt; William Bee, biscuits ; Robertson, Kelly, and Co., panel of Oamaru building stone on base; E. Grave, hosing canvas and hose ; Knight and Studholme, phormium tenax fibre dressed and scutched; John Johnston, white Tuscan wheat; P. Aitcheson, Tuscan and velvet wheat; New Zealand Stono Company, panel of building stone; H. Barclay, block building stone; D. Sinclair, inlaid table ; John Douglas, Tuscan and velvet wheat, Cape and chevalier barley, sparrowbill oats, dreßsed and undressed white building stone, pipeclay and drain pipes (3, 4, 6, and 9 diameter), photographic views of Waihao Downs homestead ; Miss Lindsay, paintings ; E. A. Gifford, paintings Oamaru, (2) Evening in Oamaru, (3) the Tokatea (Coromaudel) Sunset, (4) Lake Manapouri and Kepler Range, (5) Mount Cook from Glentanner, (6) Sir John Richardson, from a photograph; A. A. M'Master, paintings—(l) horse by C. G. Fenwick, (2) sepia by H. M'Culloch, (3) portrait of late A. M'Master by T. Knot, Edinburgh ; Mrs G. Fenwick, painting in oil (Belshazzar's Feast) by Van Noort, 16th century ; Thomas Nicolson, violin of," 1691; A. Forsyth, painting—Bloodhound and a stud, by twilight, from the study of the late John Partridge, R.A., of Grosvenor square, London, year 1647; G. G. Olds, fancy plush work; Jeannie Crawford, fancy octagon table ; C. J. Rutledge, fancy quilt in crazy work; E. Butts, picture in crewel and filoselle ; William Fenwick, portrait; J. S, Holmes, collection of wools from North Ocago ; J. anrtT. Meek, collection of sheaves from North Otago; M. Gunn, collection of minerals from North Otago ; William Martin, safety well-cover: Alice Fining, picture frames in cone, etc. Needlework by Mrs Lemon, Mrs Forrester, Mrs White, Mrs Wood, Mrs Gardiner, Mrs Greenfield, Miss Payne, Miss Church, and Mrs Penfold.

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EXHIBITION NOTES., Evening Star, Issue 8047, 25 October 1889

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