The Amsterdam International Exhibition, the opening of which has been fixed for May 1, 1883, is now in way of realization. This exhibition will present a special interest to all nations, and particularly to their export trade. Holland, which is one of the great colonial powers, proposes by means of this affair to organize a competition between the various colonizing nations, and to contribute thus to a knowledge of the resources of foreign countries whose richness of soil is their fundamental power.
The executive committee includes the names of some of the most prominent persons of the Netherlands: M. Cordes, president; M. de Clercq, delegate; M. Kappeyne van di Coppello, secretary; and M. Agostini, commissary general.
PLAN OF THE DUTCH INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION.
The exhibition will consist of five great divisions, to wit: 1. A Colonial exhibition. 2. A General Export exhibition. 3. A Retrospective exhibition of Fine Arts and of Arts applied to the Industries. 4. Special exhibitions. 5. Lectures and Scientific Reunions.
The colonial part forms the base of the exhibition, and will be devoted to a comparative study of the different systems of colonization and colonial agriculture, as well as of the manners and customs of ultramarine peoples. In giving an exact idea of what has been done, it will indicate what remains to be done from the standpoint of a general development of commerce and manufactures. Such is the programme of the first division.
The second division will include everything that relates to the export trade.
The third division will be reserved for works of art dating back from the most remote ages.
The fourth division will be devoted to temporary exhibitions, such as those of horticultural and agricultural products, etc.
The fifth division will constitute the intellectual part, so to speak, of the exhibition. It will be devoted to lectures, and to scientific meetings for the discussion of questions relating to teaching, to the arts, to the sciences, to hygiene, to international jurisprudence, and to political economy. Questions of colonial economy will naturally occupy the first rank.
As will be seen, the programme of this grand scheme organized by the Netherlands government is a broad one; and, owing the experience acquired in recent universal exhibitions, especially that of Paris in 1878, very happy results may be expected from it.
At present, we give an illustration showing the general plan of the exhibition. In future, in measure as the work proceeds, we shall be able to give further details.--Le Genie Civil.