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12 numerous donatious to the Museum, there is another and less satisfactory aspect of the case, and one which is rapidly becoming evident to all who are familiar with the Museum. Two years ago, the Council called attention to the drawbacks and deficiencies which, through want of space, impede the development of both the Museum and Library, and will continue to do so in an increasing ratio until an enlargement of the buildings, of no small size, can be obtained. At the present time, if it is desired to show new additions of importance, room can only be found by withdrawing articles already on exhibition. To quote the previous words of the Council: "In every department no improvement of note can be made until more room is available. Room is required for the projected cases intended to show the habits and mode of life of certain New Zealand birds; room is wanted to accommodate a collection of New Zealand invertebrata, of which at present there is no adequate exhibited series. Room is also needed for the preparation of a collection of New Zealand fossils, and for some representation through casts and models of the extinct forms of life. Room is urgently needed for the enlargement of the Polynesian collections, if only from the point of view of affording means of comparison with the handiwork of the Maori race. Lastly, it would not be difficult to show how the appearance and usefulness of the Maori collection could be greatly enhanced if room were available for its proper extension and display." Last autumn, a deputation from the Council waited upon the Premier in order to press upon his notice the claims of the Museum for a grant in aid of a building fund. Although the deputation was sympathetically received, the wave of financial stringency then passing through the Colony precluded any hope of immediate monetary assistance. A promise, however, was made to the effect that the application would be favourably considered during the session of Parliament to open in June next. It will be the duty of the incoming Council to bring the matter once more under the notice of the Government, and to take such steps to support the application that may appear to be requisite.