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- LEADING - IRBESIDENeIT AhRCHITECT l'i Ten Years' Experience. All Work Guaranteed, Improved Properties To Rent Improved Properties For Sale " Ca E..AsY' T-E- ..-v.- -_ - + " O. S. IrPPLETO1N, + " Roomrs 8, 4 arnid 5, ]Eolter Block, IHelena, M~1ontana. FIRST DAY OF THE FAIR, Festivities That Will Mark the Open ing of the Great Show in Chicago. Tihe Big Reception With Which Society Will Entertain Its Many Guests. Delivery of the Grounds and Buildlags to the National Commission--Parades and Ceremonies. FPpecial Correspondence of TnE INDEP e ErNT.) i HICAGO, OCT. 11.-IT I' PEIHAPS " characteristic of Chicano that al L though but three weeks remain be fore the formal dedication of the World's fair takes place, detailed plans for that eventful ceremony have not yet been en tirely completed. Chicagoans are in the habit of doing things with a mighty rush, and hours are sufficient in the western me tropolis to accomplish what would require days in a less energetic city. Despite the lack of preparation, which is more appar ent than real, no one, in the light of past events, would have the hardihood to pre dict anything but the most successful out come of the plans of the exposition direo tore. Although the arrangements for the reception and entertainment of visitors have as yet been made only in a general way, experienced managers are at work upon the details, and it is confidently ex pected that none of them will have cause to complain. Beginning Oct. 19 the dedicatory exer cises will last three days-the first devoted to society, the second to Chicago and the last. the formal transfer of the buildings and grounds to the United States commis sion to the nation. The members of the committee on ceremonies, which have charge of all the exercises, are wise men in their generation, and when it came to the question of deciding upon nice social funo tions they warily held aloof. It was not : r them to rush in whe:e angels feared to tread, and, rather than to attempt to class ify Chicago into eligibles and Ineligibles, they decided to omit the ball and reception. This was more than Chicago society could stand. Dedicatory exercises with out an inaugural ball would be like a twenty story building without a foundation. A Macedonian cry went up from hundreds of drawing rooms, and the appeal was not irn vain. With courage worthy of a great cause, part of which may have been derived from his recent investiture with the consu lar decorations of hpain, Hobart Chatfieold Taylor, Chicago's MoAllister, jumped into the breach, and society was appease .. The committee gladly availed itself of his ser vices, and upon his shoulders now rests the responsibility for society's part in the cere montes. Mayor Washburne, Marshall Field, George M. Pullman and others are associated with him in preparing for the reception by the elite to President lHarrisou and his cabinet. The ball will be given in the auditorium the evening of (October 19l, and will doubtless be the most brilliant eveat in the annals of Chicago society. Adjoining the auditorium on the south st:naos the big carriage warehouse of the litudebaker Btothers. Counection between the two will be obtained by means of a cor Widor, and the supper will be served on the third floor of the warehouse and in the dancing room of the hotel proper, seats be- 1 ing provided for 2,101 people. T'he immense floor of the auditorium will be used for dancing, and distinguished guests will look upon the brilliant scene from forty boxes i arranged in the form of a horseshoe on the stage. The only criticism of Mr. Taylor's management so far heard is that he has r been too exclusive in sending out the invi tations and that the price of the tickets, $25, is too high. It is argued that a ball and reception given in honor of the presi dent of a republic should be a popular af. fair. Artists are already at work upon de signs for the decoration of the ballroom, and there is no doubt that a magnificent spectacle will be presented when the music starts up for the grand march. Although the ball marks the actual open ing of the ceremonies, not until the next day will Chicago bestir itself. This will be the city's occasion to celebrate, and from dawn till dusk the streets will be filled with bodies of uniformed men and ears will be split with the music of hundreds of bands. The civic parade, which takes place Oct. 0;, is in charge of Gen. Nelson A. Miles and Gen. Joseph A. Stockton, veterans in such service. Seventy thousand men will be in the line of march. Miles of thoroughfare will be traversed by the mighty host, marching between solid masses of people filling sidewalks, windows and housetops. The procession will start in the morning and not until late in the afternoon will the last man pass in review before Presi dent Harrison and the cabinet on the Lake Front park. On that day Chicago will don her festal robes. Smoked be grimed buildings will be radiant in bunting and streamers; triumphant arches, gayly bedecked with ribbons, will span the street; cheers will ring out from every win dow, and as hearty welcome will be given to the paraders as that which greeted Sher idan'a battle scarred veterans as they marched down Pennsylvania avenue a quer tter cenury ago. G and Army men will turn out in force; Odd Fellows, KniulrtsTomplar and Pythians in brilliant regalia will be in the line; Italian, German. French and Spanish societies will be represented, and representatiouns from every civic society in the country will march and countermarch along the boulevards till their feet are blistered by the pavement. Chicago is already taking pride in the decorations for that day. There will be no bad combinations of colors to mar the ar tistic effects. The decorations will be uponi one general plan, which Francis Millet, the artist, is now preparing, lied, white and blue will doubtless predominate, but an effort will be made to have the minor shades combined with those cardinal colors so that perfect harmony will prevail. '1 he arches and other street decorations are beilng de signed by Henry Ives Cobb, whose work on the fisheries building has given him high rank as an architect. He and Millet are working together, and the result is expected to be something unique in the way of M niclpal decoration. But all this is preliminary to the main event of the week-the dedication itself. The relentless calendar has compelled the exposition managers to cast superstitions to the winds, and the national commission will take charge of the grounds and build ings on Friday. The attendant ceremony will be impressive in the extreme. The exercises will be held in the liberal arts building, the largest structure covered by one roof ever erected. Noted statesmen, diplomats, soieutis, authors and men re nowned in bnasness circles from all over the world will be present. Presideut Har rison will be the guest of 'resident Iliggin botham, of the evposition association, and Vice-President Morton will be entertained by Ferdinand W. Peck. Friday morning President Harrison will be driven from Mr. Higginbotham's house on Michigan avenue to the Audi torium hotel, where an escort of regular cavalry and artillery will be in wasting. The start for the grounds will be made from that point, the president and his es cort being followed by the governors of thirty-five states with their staff4 in full ulliform. r"outh on Michigan avenue, paest magnificent residences on either aide, the cavalcade will neas to W.Vshingtonr lark via Drexel boulevmrrd. At the park the regular infantry and the slate militia, 20,000 imen in all, will be plcked up. Then the onto to the fair grounds will be resumed. Entering at Fifty-Seventh street the procession will pass the art building on the left and march on through the grounds, obtaining a close vi ,w of the fisheries and government buildiins. as they rear their stately piles betwean the, possden and the lake, and can contrast them with the woman's, horticolturn', ti ansportation and machinery buildings on the other side. The president will ent r the liberal arts building by the main en trance on the south side. One hundred thousand people, stretching in tiers back as far almost as the eye can reach and perched in galleries 100 fet. overhead, will comprise the audience which will greet Director General Davis as he steps forward to the front of the platfo m to announce tdat the work of preparing the buildings and grounds has been completed. Upon the stage in his lear will be seated 2,500 of the most distinguished men and women of the century. Every country on the globe will have its representatives on hand. There will be gathered the braine of the world anxious to see what the new st nation of the earth can show for its 400 years of existence. A list of those who have signified their intention of being pies ent and whose names are household words would fill columns of space; it would orem brace the names of those renowned for gent achievements the world over. l)i rectly in front of the director general, as he makes the opening addrene and extending part way across the hall, are the 750 seatsof the press representatives. The ablest journalists end best descriptive writeis in the United States will fill these. Back of this will be the distinguished guests for whom room cannot be found on the stage. These will number about five thousand. But the most impressive sight will be the vast throng of people whose places are back of the reporters and distinguished guests. Here will be seated those who receive the ordinary invitations to the ceremony. They will muster 100,000 strong; no speaker ever had an audience like this. As Col. Davis takes his seat a short, florid faced young man, with close cropped, bristling mustache, will step forward and tender the freedom of the city to its dis tinguished guest. The short young man is MZiyor Washburne, whose distinguished ancestry and own action in municipal affairs have made him the mark for far more than local criticism. Then President Higginbotham, for the local directors, will turn over the work to President Palmer of the national commission, and the latter will announce to l'resident Harrison that everything has been dones in accordance with the acts of congress creating the fair. President Harrison will in turn accept the buildings, in the name of the United States, and formally dedicate them to the use of the World's Columbisu exposition. There will be two set orations, one by W. C. P. Breckinridge, of Kentucky, and the other by Chauncey M. D)epew, of New York. Mr. 1i eckinridge's action in con gress, where he worked and voted against legislation favorable to the fair, has sub jected him to a great deal of adverse criti cism, and eon-idei able pressure was brought to bear upon the otlieinls to induce them to withdraw this invitation to the eloquent Kentuckian. However, being gentlemen aether than politicians, they paid no at tention to the popular clamor and will re ceive the orator with courtesy and warmth. Mr. Brsekinridge will speak of the scope of the exposition and the moral and educa tional effect tnon the world. lie will be followed: by Chaunco Mi. liepew, who is down on the prograutie for the "Co('m!bian Oration." This is expect esl to be the effort of Mr. Depow's life, and an address full of patriotic fervor is expected to fall from his lips. Home tihue during'tho exercises a portion of the dedicatory ode written by Miss Harriet Monroe, a Chicago womllan, will be read. The benediction will be p:onouuet d by Cardinal (iibbous, Bishop Fowler, of Call fornia, imaking the opening raver. Of course there will be music in abundance, a chorus or li,ki) 'enices being ntow in re hearsal under the direetion of l'rof. 'T'ont line. ThIte dedicatory ceueuionies will close iln the evenmng, when the weo id's congress auxiliaries wiil hold a imeeting in the audi tortum, at which Archbishop Ireland will deliver the ptinoipal address. 'Perhaps the most striking feature of the affair, from one point of view, is the fact that the directors have given to Charles A. )Dana his clhoice of the whole 100,0ttt seats. After following the scriptural advice so closely it is thought the dedication cannot be a failure. 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