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title: 'The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, March 08, 1903, MAGAZINE SECTION, Image 53',
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It tho person Uvea who can beat his way Into th TVorld's Fair, !ts mftnapen win par
well for his system.
They are then ready to admit that their remarkable admission system la not as near
perfect as human Ingenuity could make It.
Every device to defeat trickery, to assure accuracy and save time has been employed
by Director Gregtr of the Division of Concessions and Admissions.
When you pass through the turnstile an electric message of ycur arrival Is flashed
by underground wires to a dial tower, where It Is Instantly registered.
Any hour, any moment of any day In the entire Exposition period, yon may know at
a glance how many thousands have entered the gates at the precise minute of your
The same look will tell yon the total number of persons who have paid to sea the
great show from Its Inauguration until the second that the eyes have sought the auto
Around the walls of the d!alhoute, where these records are mechanically centralized
for Instant Inspection, one may read "Adult No. I." "Children No. t," over the clocklUc
face of dials colored red and blue and green.
CHILDREN TO HAVE THEIR OWN STTLES.
Red may mean the east, or Forest Park, gateway. "No. 1 Adult" signifies the turn
stile numbered 1 In the series at that particular gate, and "No. 1 Children" is the official
designation of the stile at the same gate to be used exclusively for half-rats tickets.
For there are stiles for the grown-ups and stiles for the youngsters and stiles for au
tomobiles; only one class of admission can pass one class of stiles.
The correpondtng dial In the central office registers only one kind of admission.
When the gates of the Exposition are closed at night no lightning calculators wfQ
cast up the sum of the day's business; not a scrap of paper will be needed in this
A alnglo reading of the dials on the wall
to an operator at an adding machine In the
center of the room will give Immediately
the earings of the Exposition between 7 a.
m. and midnight.
Each dial carries its grand total of ad
missions as the months of the show slip
away, besides the total of the last day's
The summary of admissions Is carried,
forward at the end of every twenty-tons
hours by the adding machine.
The network of buried leotrio
wires have told the story of finance-
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So have each turnstile at,ererf
rateway. In thetnp of the metal
dial post a cyclometer has regist
ered every quarter turn of the
.Each ticket received by the stllekeepw
has been perforated as It entered the slot
of the chopper box. The ticket has been
utterly canoelled. The numbers en the
cyclometer must correspond with the can
celled tickets and thus the check is abso
lute. Then the lynx eyes of an inspection corps
have been busy all day at cash gateways
watching for Irregularities.
Of no avail will be the messuis of the
ticket taker's foot on a pedal which re
leases the registering post, when the holder
of a pass presents himself, should the ticket
taker wish to pass a friend.
The interruption will be noted by the
Chief Inspector in the dial-house. The
must be accounted for by number.
HOLDER OF THH
Repetitions of the offense would arouse
suspicion, and the secret service men would
be Instructed to watch for Irregularities at
a certain stile.
The holder of the pass Is registered. He
might be consulted as to whether he en
tered at that stile or gate.
This method of testing the integrity of
the ticket taker could be resorted to at any
Go to the Exposition with your children.
Try to keep a tight hold of your heart's
delight, to avoid losing her In the crowd,
and attempt to carry her by a gate.
You are stopped immediately by the stlle
keeper. An Inspector takes her arm and
leads her to the children's stile. A pretty
matron on the other side reoelve the apple
of your eye and keeps her In charge until
you have entered the grounds, when girlie
Is handed over, safe and seund.
It Is necessary. Tou must register a fan
admission In the dlalhouse and she a half
rate. Her electrlo wire has flashed her ar
rival; yours has ticked 50 cents more Into
the enormous receipts of the big show.
Such a system of admission mechanism
has not been used at a previous exposition.
It Is an Invention that came lnt rogue
since the Chicago Fair.
Paris did not use It. At an of these shows tho old-time counting of receipts and com
parison with the tickets taken at the gates made work for hundreds of accountants.
Labor-saving devices have been perfected to a-high, degree in the last ten years. The
Bt Louis management has taken advantage of the -Irinovation.
Not less wonderful Is the system of keeping thevonice.records of passes, which Is the
invention of Assistant Director of Concessions and Admissions White.
The -whole system is compressed into a card index, containing 6,000 subdivisions of
the alphabet. It is a compact record of the passes and badges issued to Individuals on
various accounts. In this cabinet It is estlmated'that eery bit of 70,000 card passes will
be kept during the Exposition period.
The immensity of this single feature of the work entailed on the Admissions Depart
ment can only bo Illustrated by figures taken from the records of the' same department at
the Columbian Exposition, where approximately s!,000,000 admission tickets were printed
and S9.SS3 full-term passes were issued. In addition to about 40.000 monthly passes, giving
a total of 79.S8S passes Issued by the Chicago management.
When it is remembered that the extensive subdivision of' the alphabet made by Mr.
White enables him or his assistants to place their finger on the complete record of any
one of 70,000 posses In a few seconds, the real tlme-saIng worth of this system Is re-
V'aThe heaviest percentage of the passes to be Issued by the Admissions Department
will be to the concesslonnalres of the Exposition.
In Chicago 36,478 passes were Issued to concesslonnalres. It Is explained that such
large proportion of the pass privilege Is due to the showmen of the Midway, because of
the frequency of the discharge by them of employes whose peculiar vocation Induces
them to move about the country more than the person of fixed employment.
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REDUCE LABOR OF
'AMISSION SYSTEM TO
A MINIMUM. . . .
AUTOMATICALLY REGISTERING TDRNSTILES FOR THE FIRST TIME AT ANY EXPOSITION, WILL BY ELECTRIC UNDERGROUND WIRES REPEAT EVERY ADMISSION ON ITS
CORRESPONDING DIAL IN A CENTRAL OFFICE.
DIALS IN THE CENTRAL OFFICE KEEP A RUNNING RECORD OF ADMISSIONS, GIVING AT ANY MINUTE OF THE DAY THE EXACT NUMBER OF PERSONS THAT HAVE PASSED
THROUGH EVERY GATE. AN ADDING MACHINE OASTS UP THE TOTALS AT NIGHT IN LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES.
CHILDREN CANNOT PASS THROUGH ANY GATE -USED FOR ADULTS. INSPECTORS WILL BEHOVE CHILDREN FROM THEIR GUARDIANS AND PASS THEM THROUGH THEIB
OWN GATE INTO THE WAITING ARMS OF MATRONS.
AN ESTIMATE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMISSIONS OF THE NUMBER OF PASSES TO BE ISSUED DURING THE EXPOSITION PERIOD IS 70,000. 'A" QUICK RECORD OF THESE
PRrVILEGES IS KEPT IN A CARD INDEX, WHICH HAS 6,000 SUBDIVISIONS OF THE ALPHABET.
SEVENTY-EIGHT FORMS OR APPLICATION BLANKS FOR PASSES WILL BE USED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMISSIONS. THESE FORMS ARE SHORT AND TO THE POINT.
EVERYTHING IN THE SYSTEM IS DEVISED TO KILL TIME.
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