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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69

To the Editor

To the Editor.

Sir,—Some thoughts are; suggested by your leader of this morning on the proposed New Zealand Exhibition in London, especially in reference to the cost.

I have recalled a circular issued some five or six years ago to the people of Australasia by Mr R. E. N. Twopenny, in which he advocated the holding of an exhibition of purely colonial (Australian and New Zealand) products in London as a means of attracting capital and labour to these Southern Seas, by reason of the display to be made there of the great natural products of the Southern hemisphere. That circular struck the keynote and originated the most successful exhibition held in London, and Mr Twopenny may be considered the father of the Colonial and Indian Exhibition of 1886. But there were croakers in those days who stated that the cost would be enormous and the recoup would never equal the expenditure, just as your leader implies that the taxpayer of New Zealand will have to pay about £100,000 instead of the £20,000 asked for by Mr Joubert. Fortunately there were public spirited men who, under the leadership of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales took the project up, carried it through successfully, and had a credit balance at the close of upwards of £5000.

If you can get the support of the Prince of Wales, and an influential committee appointed to supervise details in London, there will then exist no reason against the financial success of a purely New Zealand Exhibition in the metropolis of the world, where an exhibition of your mineral re- page 12 sources will attract the capitalist with money to develop that wealth, and the miner with muscle to win it; where your exhibits of wool, if sent in magnitude, will more than repay their cost; where your frozen meat and dairy produce can be tasted in dining rooms set apart sole y for cooking New Zealand beef, mutton, and fish; where 'he magnificent timbers shown in in the Government court here; also he manufactured articles of furniture to be seen in the different provincial courts, if sent to London, will open up the biggest market o hese natural products, and will be one huge advertisement for your colony, costing practically nothing beyond the expenses of freight and management for the exhibits sent. As the co-operation of all concerned in any of the industries of New Zealand will provide the exhibits and the show of minerals, wool, beef, mutton, and fish (frozen and preserved), with samples of grain, photographs of the comfortable homesteads, the magnificent stock of horses, cattle, and sheep will attract to the colony that class of settlers you wish—name y, those with a little money and plenty of brain and muscle power to develop the resources of he colony.—I am, &c.,

H. J. Scott.

[What we said was that Parliament must be prepared for an outlay of at least £100,000, but that if successful the enterprise would very possibly leave a profit as the receipts in that case would be very large.—Ed. O.D.T.]