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At last night's meeting of the City Council ft deputation from the Dunedin Retailers' Association, consisting of Messrs W. Scott, A. M'Farlane, T. G. Young, J. Moncrieff, Jacobs, and G. Ritchie, waited upon the Council with reference to the celebration of the Jubilee of the settlement of the province in March next. Or Chisuolm, who introduced the deputation, said that they represented the Executive of the Retailers' Association, and wished to urge upon the Council the necessity of taking initiative steps towards forming a committee in order that the Jubilee of the province might be fittingly celebrated. The Executive recommended that the cooperation of all the different bodies, societies, clubs, and organisations in the town should be obtained, so that the occasion mi"ht be made as great a success as possible. 0 The Retailers' Association felt that it was very nece3aary in the interests of the City that as many people should be attracted to the town as possible, and they were prepared to undertake that they would have their places of business illuminated as on the recent occasion of the Queen's Jubilee, and also to assist the Council in any other way. Mr William Scott, speaking on'behalf of the ether members of the deputation, said there could be uo doubt about the desirability of fittingly celebrating the Jubilee of Otago. They, as a deputation, were present to offer their services in the making of arrangements, and to promise to do their part towards making the Jubilee a saceess. He understood that there wag a probability of the championship regatta being held here in Mireh next, and he suggested that a carnival week might be arranged, and suggested as a possible attraction the aunual pr'ze-firiDg of the New Z aland R : Association, whilst the Agnculturil and Pastoral Society purpoaod doing something, and no doubt the retailers would bs glad to illuminate their premises on one or two nights. They had three largo musical societies the Choral Society, the Orchestral Scdetv, and the Liedertafel—and no doubt special concerts or something in the nature of a Jubilee festival could b3 arranged if the matter was taken in hand in time. He m'ght also mention that tho Presbyterian Church of 0 tago had already taken an interest in the matter, while the newspapers had also taken steps to fittingly mark the epoch. The Mayor said he understood it was desired that the Council should appoint a committee to co-operate with the Retailers' Association in the matter. He might say that one day in the proposed Jubilee weekwas provided for by the Dunedin Jockey Club having decided to hold a race meeting at the Taieri. He would move—"That a committee of the whole Council be appointed to co-operate with the Committee of the Retailers' Association for the purpose of making the Jubilee of Otago as great a tuccess as possible."

Cr Ckisiiolm slid that the Retailers' Association wished the Council to be the central figure, and they thought that the matter was of such importance that the City Council should take the initiative. The Mayor suggested that it would be well if delegates from the various clubs friendly and othnr societies, public bjdies, associations, and organisations were appointed to meet the Council and thoroughly consider the matter.

It was finally resolved that the City Council be appointed a committee for the purpose of making arrangements for a fitting recognition and celebration of the Jubilee of Otago,

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THE JUBILEE OF THE PROVINCE., Issue 10450, 21 October 1897

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THE JUBILEE OF THE PROVINCE. Issue 10450, 21 October 1897

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