ROBERT BURNS STATUE.
.UNVEILING THIS AFTERNOON.
CEREMONY BY MR. MASSEY.
The unveiling of the statue of Robert Burns, which has been erected in the Auckland Domain, will be performed by the Prime Minister, the Right Hon. W. P. Massey, at 3 p.m. to-day. Mr. Massoy will arrive by the afternoon Main Trunk express and drive straight to the Domain. The Mayor, Mr. 4- **• Gunson, will preside at the function. Mr. J. Craigie, M.P., will deliver an address after the unveiling has been performed. A guard of honour will be provided by the Boy Scouts and the pipe bands of the St. Andrew's Society and the Auckland Pipe Band will be in attendance. The statuo is the gift of the president of the St. Andrew's Society, Mr. J. M. Mennie, to the citizens of Auckland. After being unveiled the statue will be formally handed over by Mr. Mennie to the Mayor for the citizens. The statue is the work of Mr. F. W. Pomeroy, R.A.. sculptor, and represents the poet in the garb of a ploughman, standing in contemplative mood beside a plough. In ono hand he is holding a b-onk, and in the other he carries a pen, indicating the profession of the poet. The figure is 10ft, high. The pedestal, which rests on a 20ft, base, is constructed of (Joromaudcl gTanite of medium grey colour, finely mbljcd to obtain a semismooth finish, and measures Bft, 2in. in width at. the base, tanerinc to 4ft, 3in. at the top. It stands 17ft. high, and weighs 70 tons, and was des ; gned by Messrs. Norman Wade and A. M. Bartley, architects. Tho granite was supplied and the work executed by the New Zealand Coromandel Granite Company. It is a worthy memorial to the Scottish poet., and as a work of art it is an acquisition to the city.
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