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PART IV. "
HEADING-ttOOM AND BOOK COLLECTIONS.
Unique Book-stacks and Carrying Apparatus.
Connections -with the Capitol Decorations
of the Dome Library Soon to be in
The reading-room in the rotunda, beneath
the dome, is very beautiful. The floor is of
mosaics, with concentric bands of Tennessee
marble. There is a circular distributing
desk in the center, and around these three
circles of reading-desks, the inmost row being
varied with reading-tables and settees. The
alcoves are also seated, the entire woodwork
being of dark, rich mahogany, polished like a
A circular counter for attendants to dis
tribute and receive books surrounds the dis
tributing desk. The paneling and carving of
the whole is particularly fine.
An elevator connected with the basement
conveys books up or down by the truck load.
There is also a cabinet which is the terminus
of a "book-carrying apparatus, connecting the
reading-room "with the book-stacks, and a
long row of pneumatic tubes that transmit
written applications for books from all parts
of the building, or verbal messages through
speaking-tubes. One of these tubes is con
nected with the Librarian's room in the
"building and others with the United States
The book-carrying apparatus is an ingenious
invention of American mechanics and con
sists of endless chains wLich are continuously
in motion, at the rate of about 100 feet a
minute, operated by an electro dynamo.
The cable carries trays which receive and dis
tribute the books.
It is believed that when in practical opera
tion a book may be ordered from the Capitol
through the pneumatic tube and furnished
ty the book-carrying apparatus in the course
of sis or seven minutes. As books are con
stantly in demand by Representatives and
Senators for use in debate and in the com
mittee rooms, and as the distance between
the Capitol and Library of Congress is about
a quarter of a mile, it will be readily per
ceived that a vast outlay of time and money,
in the aggregate, will be saved by these in
genious mechanical contrivances.
It takes but three minutes for books to
travel from the Library to the Capitol after
they have been placed in the pneumatic tube.
Telephone wires connect both Houses of Con
gress with the distributing desk.
THE GBCAT OME.
The arrangement and construction of the
"book-stacks is entirely original and unique.
They are divided into nine tiers, each seven
feet high, an arrangement by which every
book may be handled and its title page read
without any possible delay on the part of the
attendant The stacks begin in the base
ment, which is 14 feet below the level of the
rotunda, and run up to the hight of C3 feet.
The entrances are from the rotunda galleries
and from the corridors of the surrounding
The dome is a perfect example of beautiful
Italian stucco work. It is applied to a frame
of iron and steel and filled in with terra
cotta. The scheme of the surface is a sys
tem of squares, the ornamentation of the
body being in arabesque, which is the
Arabian system of ornamentation, consisting
of a fanciful mixture of men and animals,
plants' and flowers, ideal and real.
The arabesque figures of the dome are
chiefly little cupids, standing and seated, sur
rounded by conventional designs. The squares
diminish in size as the dome rises, there
being 320 of them in all. The groundwork
is of blue in every variety of bhades, in
creasing in brightness as the dome rises.
The animal figures combine upwards of 50
types in interior decorations, including dol
phins, lions' heads, sea-horses, griffins, storks,
eagles, tridents, urns, and so on. On the ceil
ing of the lantern floats a beautiful female
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CAPTURING A LOCOMOTIVE.
A True History of the Most Thrilling and Romantic Secret Service
of the Late War.
By REV. WILLIAM PITTENGER,
e of the uctorh iu the btranc hcencH described, ami now a Mln-
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Illustrated With Portraits and "Wood -
THE STORY OF THE
HIS IS, UNDOUBTEDLY, THE MOST
thrilling book of the great civil war The
enterprise described rKsei&es all the unity of a
drama from the fir&t plunge of the actor, into
the enemies country, through all their adven-
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Ko single war story vividly picseuls so many
of the hidden, underground elements of the
struggle against rebellion :is this. From be
giiming to end the reader's attention never
wearies, and he rif-es from the perusal feeling
almost as if he had again lived through those
terrible days. The adventurers traversed the
Confederacy in all directions; some peribbed
as spies, all suffered terribly, and the wonder
is that any escaiKjd alive.
Three events narrated in the story of this
expedition are unparalleled either in ancient or modern warfare. No
writer of romance would dare to invent the capture of a crowded rail
road train in the midst of an enemy's camp by a band of twenty un
armed boldiers who had journed hundred of miles from their own lines.
The subsequent e&cape of part of the same baud by seizing an armed
guard almost in sight of a regiment of foes, nud stealthily crossing
the whole breadth of the Confederacy iu different directions, Is equally
marvelous; while the sad tragedy that occurred at Atlanta is freshly
and vividly remembered by the inhabitants of that beautiful city
after the lapse of more than thirty years. The claims of this whole
"Itailroad Adventure" to be icgarded as the most remarkable
episode of the civil war has never been disputed.
TAELE OF CONTENTS.
Chapter I. A Secret Military Expedition. II. Midnight Consul
ation. IIL Companions and Incidents. IV. A locomotive an d
Train Captured. V. Unforeseen Hindrances. VI. A Terrible Rail
road Chase. VII. A Sight in the Woods. VJIL In the Enemv's
Power. IX. Other Captures. X. A Horrible Prison. XI. Lights
and Shadows of Prison. XIL The Fust Tragedy. XIII. A Con
federate Court-31artiaL XIV. The Crowning Honor. XV. Pribon
Religion. XVI. Liberty or Death. XVII. Romantic Escapes.
XV1H. From Atlanta to the Gulf. XIX From Atlanta to Rich
mond. XX Libby and Castle Thunder. XXI. Sickness and
Address THE KfTlZr.L '
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figure representing Human Understanding :
a cherub on one side holds the book of
wisdom and knowledge, and one on the other
is pointing with uplifted hand to a circle of
surrounding figures representing the Finite
On this circle, or collar, of which Humnn
Understanding is the central figure, are 12
seated figures, male and female, of colossal
size, representing the 12 countries which
have contributed most to the world in the
grand process of the evolution of civilization,
which is the underlying theme of the deco
rations. A tablet decorated with palms be-
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side each figure bears the name of the conn
try typified, and on a streamer beneath is
the name of the part r contribution of
that country to the sia of intellectual prog
ress. Egypt which was the oldest 'Country giv
ing written records to the world, through
hieroglyphics, is represented by a malefiguie
supporting the great seal of Mena, the first
Egyptian king on record. Judea represents
Religion, and is a woman with hands raised iu
an ecstacy of prayer, wearing a. "eweled breast
plate, on which are engraved the names of the
12 tribes of Israel. Greece, typical of Philoso
phy, sits with a scroll in her lap, a bronze
Jamp beside her, and a crown on her head,
suggesting Athens, the mother of Philoso
phy. Rome, representing Administration, is the
figure of a Roman Centurion clad in full
armor, holding in his right liaud the scepter,
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with a bundle of rods resting-on his arm,
typical of power and lule. Islam stands for
the Moorish ieoplc, and represents Physics,
they being thalirst to introduce mathematics
and astronomy into Europe. His foot rests
on a glass retort, while he turns the leaves of
a book of mathematical calculations.
The Middle Ages is a female figure, stand
ing for the period of 1,000 years, extending
from the fall of the Roman Empire, in 455,
to the discover- of America by Columbus, in
1492. The figure bears casque and cuirass,
and is armed with a sword.
The model of a Gothic cathedral, the Papal
tiara and the keys of St Peter, signify the
power of the Roman Church. Italy isa beau
tiful winged figure, symbolic of the fine arts
painting, sculpture, architecture, and music;
a painter's brush is in her right and a minia
ture statue in her lelt Around her arc musi
cal instruments, and at her feet the orna
mented capital of an architectural column.
Germany is a printer standing beside his
press, from which he takes a pi oof-sheet Spain
is typified by the adventurer of the IGth cen
tury, clad in a leathern jerl a, with a helmet
on his head. He holds the tiller of a ship in
his right hand, and seems to be gazing ouL at
sea. There is a globe at his left side and a
caravel, the sort of ship in which Columbus
discovered America, is at his feet Those
who saw the caravels at the "World's Fair
GrALLERY FBOM MAIN HALL.
will recall what the little three-sailed vessels
England is typified by a woman of the
Elizabethan period with high ruff and full
sleeves. She is crowned with laurel, and.
holds in her lap a book of Shakspcre's plays
and represents Literature, of which Shaks
pere is the crown.
France stands for Emancipation, and is
represented by a woman typical of the First
Republic. She sits on a cannon and carries
a drum, bugle and sword. In her left hand
she extends a scroll bearing the words, "Les
Droits de L'Homme " (the Rights of Man),
wliich was the declaration of the French As
sembly of 1789.
The 12th and last figure is America, repre
senting Science. It is the fignre of an engi
neer in the garb of the workingman of the
machine-shop, poring over a pioblem of me
chanics.. In frontofhimis an electro dynamo,
BY AUGUSTUS BUELL.
Story of a Private Soldier.
FULLY AND GRAPHICALLY ILLUSTRATED.
X"k " I is a wonderful hook
such as very raiely
appears in literature.
1 It is one that appeals
directly to the popu
lar heart to all who
love and admiie cour
age, loyalty, and de-
. voted service. The
'author was a volun
teer, but early in his
service was transferred
to one of the finest
batteries in the Regular
Army, and which did
fighting in the "War of
the Rebellion. From
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fKjijjjjj matlox: it was con
&JT' stantly engaged, and
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very forefront of battle.
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Its terrible fighting at Antietam, Gettysburg, and Rethesda Church
was unprecedented in the history of light artillery.
The attention is caught at the very first and held to the end. The
men Generals, battery officers and" privates whom he describes
are pictured bo admirably that they become personal acquaintances
and friends, and the reader gets breathlessly interested in them.
The scenes of camp and march are wonderfully true to life, and call
up a flood of memories in the breast of every old soldier.
The features of the book are :
1. The real life and experiences of a private soldier in a fighting
2. "Wonderfully fresh and vivid descriptions of the battles of
Antietam, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spottsylvania ; the terrible
fighting from there to the James River ; the short-range duel with
a lebei battery, which was destroyed ; the assaults on the rebel
lines at Petersburg ; the months of fighting and digging in fiont of
that stronghold ; the battles of Opcquan and Cedar Cieek, in the
Shenandoah Valley ; the decisive little battle at Five Forks, which
forced Lee out of his works; the relentless pursuit of the rebel
army, and the surrenderat Appomattox. All this is clearly told.
3. Carefully-drawn diagrams of the various battlefields, cor
rected from the "War Department's surveys.
1. A vast number of new facts and figures regarding those battles,
the numbers of the opposing forces, the organizations on both sides,
and the losses.
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suggestive of the proninonce of the United
SUitcs in electrical invention.
rOKTRAITS OF EAMOUS TEOPLK.
It is said that the artist, Mr. Blnshficld,
has worked into some rif his figures the por
traits of representative persons. Thus,
Abraham Lincoln's fnoe and figure typify
America; Mary Anderson, the great Ameri
can artist, now Mrs. INavarro, the Middle
Ages, and Ellen Terryjtfhc artist, England.
The grand pavilionsfeiiich, as has been said,
form the corners and. entrance halls of the
Library, are connected, by long galleries,
the rooms of the second story being chiefly
designed for the exhihilion of works of art
and books and manuscripts of rare or excep
tional interest. One room will he filled with
a collection of the earliest printed books,
illustrative of the development of the printer's
art; another to books devoted to the early
history of America. The north gallery will
he devoted to a display of maps, and the
south to a display of engravings, lithographs,
etchings, photograph's, and so on, showing
the development of illustrative art. The
decorations are of greatvaricty ; the side walls
in rich, plain colors with deep friezes, dis
playing effective decorative designs.
In one of the lower galleries Kenyon Cox,
son of Maj.-Gen. J. D. Cox, ex-Governor of
Ohio, has two beautiful groups, the one on the
north side representative of The Arts, and the
one on the south side of The Sciences. The
space covered by the artist with each com
position is 31 feet in length and nine and a
half in bight. The elegant and beautiful
figures, with their chaste classic drapery and
exquisite coloring, are expressive of the high
In the Arts, Poetry is the central figure,
repiesenled by a laurel-crowned Muse bear
ing an antique lyre; her eyes are lifted up
ward, as if to catch heavenly inspiration and
her lips are parted in song. Architecture
and Music, Sculpture and Painting, are
grouped on either side of her.
Astronomy is the central figure of the
Sciences. She holds a pair of compasses to
measure the world, held up by a genius in
front of her. Physics and Mathematics are
grouped on either side.
Over the doors and windows of this gallery
are the names distinguished in art and
science, as "Wagner, Mozart, Homer, Milton,
Raphael, Reubens, Vitruvius, Mansard,
Phidias and Michael Angelo iu art, and Leib
nitz, Galileo, Aristotle, Ptolemy, Dalton,
Ilipparchus, Herschcl, Kepler, La Mark and
Ilelmholtz in science.
In every gallery are innumerable names of
the gieat men of all ages. In the Print Room
are the signers of the Declaration of Inde
pendence ; in the southeast gallery, the in
ventors; in the northeast gallery, the archi
tects and engineers ; in the map gallery, a
miscellaneous list, including physicians, theo
logians, jurists, scientists, sculptors, painters
There is a Pavilion of Discoverers, the
central groups symbolic of the seasons, the
same theme running through two other pa
vilions. There are also figures symbolic of
Coinage, Valor, Fortitude and Achievement;
armed iigmes ready for combat on land and
sea aie manifold. Adventuie is in the 10th
century garb, and there is the old Viking
with his battleax, the pirate and the bucca
neer. Tin: PAVILIONS.
There is a Pavilion of the Elements ; male
figures representing earth and fire, and female
figures representing air and water. These
are surrounded bjr allegorical and mythologi
cal figures and emblems innumerable.
The Pavilion of the Seals has gilded walls,
ornamented with- Jnuiel bands, with the
great seal of the United Slates in the domed
ceiling, and the seals of the Executive De
partments of the United States running
around the walls. Numerous patriotic in
scriptions are upon the tablets, such as
"Thank God, I also am an American," )y
Daniel "Webster, and "Let us have peace,"
by U. S. Grant.
The northwest gallery is decorated at one
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end with a striking composition 'illustrative
of "War and at the other of Peace. They are
by Gari Melchcrs, and notable alike for their
strength of composition and power of sugges
"War is represented by a barbaric chieftain,
mounted on a great white horse and crowned
with laurel, returning from his conquest, over
a desolate country, his retainers mounted and
on foot trailing after him. Three men carry
a stretcher bearing the body of a dead warrior;
one of the soldiers holds a leash of blood
hounds; a trumpeter sounds the approach.
In one corner a woman kneels over a wounded
soldier who has dropped by the way, as woman
has done from time immemorial ever since
brothers went forth to kill brothers.
Peace is the central figure of a religious
procession of prehistoric Greece. The pro
cession has halted for the blessing of tho
priest, and in the rear a boy leads a bull
wreathed with garlands for the sacrifices.
Tablets above the doors and the windows bear
the names of famous Generals of the world
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Martel, William the Conqueror, Frederick
the Gieat, Charlemagne, Eugene, Marlboro,
Napoleon, Wellington, Nelson, Washington,
Jackson, Scott, Grant, Farragut, Sherman and
No apartments in the new library build
ing are looked upon with more admiration
by the visitors than the two assigned for the
use of the members of the Senate and
House of Representatives, in wliich the fire
places alone will cost what many persons
consider a small fortune. Members of Con
gress had no reserved seats in the old library.
They had to take their chances, when wish
ing to consult a volume, with others at the
generally crowded tables, or have the books
taken to them in committee rooms. When
they wished to consult with that oracle of
literature, Mr. Spofibrd, they could only do so
in a narrow, dingy alcove. Now they are to
have their own well-lighted and superbly
decorated rooms. Hereafter, if they wish to
personally interview Mr. Spofibrd, they can
go to his room, which is also to be very hand
some in all of its appointments.
No attempt has been made at descriptive
writing in this series of articles on the Library
of Congress, only the salient points having
been touched. So noble is the edifice, so rich
in the treasures of architecture, sculpture,
and painting: so symbolic of what America
has done in the single half century towards
which her attention has been turned to the
fine arts, and so prophetic of what the future
shall be, that one can only beh Id and mar
vel, and repeating the message which was
first flashed across the electric wires from this
vast land of promise to the land of comple
tion, beyond the sea, when the Atlantic cable
was completed, say again: "Behold, what
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The removal of the books in the old li
brary has begun, and will require several
weeks' labor. Almost all the 'library force
is employed at this. There are 42 classes of
books in the library history, biography,
America, etc. One class at, a time will be
removed, so as to prevent confusion.
As to the old library, there is probably
not another which had so many visitors.
Day after day, except Sundays, might be
seen readers and writers bending over their
work, almost hidden behind a stack of books,
to which they referred from time to time.
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the space, and will try to obtain possession of
a portion of the room. The Senate and the
1 louse can each find use for the rooms, and
their disposition will probably be settled
by the Appropriation Committees next session.
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to your opinion and subscribe year after
year with great regularity.
Row this situation suggests a question :
Why not offer subscribers such big in
ducements that the club-raiser will suc
ceed with every person solicited?
With this end in view we hava
made the offer you will see elsewhere
on this page of giving two large books,
"The Cannoneer" and "Capturing a
Locomotive," to everyone who sub
scribes during the month of August
We intend, also, to send thse two
books with every premium sent to a
club-raiser. That is, in addition to the
premium he works for and earns, whether
it be large or small, we will send these
two books as a present. We never forget
old friends when cutting a watermelon.
Surely this makes club-raising easy.
All you have to do with persons solicited
to subscribe is to show them the paper
and its attractions, describe the free
books (or let them read about them in
the paper), and take their dollars,
Eemit the dollars, with their full ad
dresses, to us, and we will do the rest :
that is, we will send to each address the
two books at once and the paper for
year, and to you we will send the booka
also, and the premiums, all postpaid.
All comrades who are at present
working for clubs may offer these two
books to each subscriber. This enable!
them to promptly complete the clubt
they are working for, however large.
Comrades, just try for clubs now.
You will surely succeed,
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