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with masts, flags and such festival trump- ported to distant regions in the midst of ery, the first glance at the interior of the the luxuriant vegetation of tropical regrounds is a veritable enchantment for gions: flowers of brilliant coloring, cactus, the visitor, who believes himself trans- palms, shrubs of strange and delicate form, all climates united harmoniously. with cupolas, verandas and arches in Two immense hothouses and a lesser one white, relieved by panels of those astonishare arranged on either side of the wide ing enameled tiles found in the Orient. central avenue.
This offers us also a pavilion of forestry, Near at hand, at the commencement of with remarkable woods, and an Arabian the divergent alleys, stands the Palace of café. Not to dwell too strictly on details, the Minister of Colonies and the Fine we linger over the “Palazzo" of Mar
Arts, a dignified building in the style of seilles and by it the ancient Chateau de the Louis XVI. period, its refined beauty Duplécisse; then the section of Tunis. . enhanced by statues and architectural Behind beautiful grills, brought from ornaments. It must be admitted that the Tunis, we see the Mosque of Sahel-Ettaba, French have remarkable facilities for the its white domes with green enamels dividconstruction of expositions: experience, ing the attention with finely worked taste, a host of skilled artists and work- grilled windows and chiseled panels, its men and a government which interests straight lines and round forms recalling itself in these efforts to promote the ele- the grand sun and the winds of the desert. gancies of life. They have a marvelous Crossing the grand avenue we find the ability in the construction of facsimiles Palace of Madagascar with twin columns of unusual surfaces, ornaments, imitations and trilobed arches and superbly decoof strange stonework, mud huts and rated dome interior, the space within and heathen contrivances. We can not at the verandas filled with showings of maps, tempt to compare with them in cleverness produce, jewels and strange objects of of workmanship because it costs us too manufacture. Behind it the Palace of the much, and even if we import the skilled Congo reunites the peculiar structures of workmen, the result is less wonderful than that land in one building. Farther along there.
is the cinematograph of Occidental Next in order is the pavilion of Algeria, Africa, the Palace of the Soudan, the
Fortified African Farm, the Village of the in the fashion of the East, surrounded by Blacks, dominated by the imposing and roofs of strange form, kiosks with openmysterious mass of the West African Pal- work walls, menacing dragons, all attracace. . All this cataloging gives no more tive and suggestive of distant lands. It is than an idea of the variety of the impres- an extensive affair and in it we find a sion, but can not convey at all the charm representation of Cambodia, of Laos and of the setting or the poetical sense of a the theater of Indo-China. On the left the
transportation to fairy land. Of course Tower of Anam lifts itself near the two there must be a theater, but this one, be- palaces of Cochin-China, and then Tongsides its excellent restaurant, contains a king with a facsimile of two streets. It museum of the older colonies, with inter- sets our geographical recollections aesting collections, and near by are massed buzzing to find ourselves amid this array many booths in agreeable groups.
of strange names, but it is worth while to Behind the great Palace of Exportation look it all up in the atlas, that we may are arranged the spaces for showing understand what the French secured means of transportation, the Panorama of when they wrested this southeast corner Madagascar, the captive balloon, the aero- of China from its owners at the cost of plane, the labyrinth, a double toboggan many wounds and much fever. Lying, as slide, the shooting of Niagara (suggesting it does, over against our own new “colothe Canadian colonies which were), the nial possessions," the Philippines, we are dancing natives, the Bagatelle, etc., etc. interested in many ways. Coming back on the left, the Pavilion of The Palace of the Sea, near by, contains Divers Colonies, each not big enough to every sort of ship, machine and conclaim a place for itself, comes to view, trivance for going to sea, and as this all and the great section of Indo-China led up has reference to navigation and seato by the bridges of Anam and Cambodia, crossing, and as Marseilles is the principal which introduce us to gardens arranged port on this side of France, the showing is
decidedly appropriate. The facade is dec- At French expositions the display of orated with sea animals and shells. Close flowers and fruits always astonishes the by is an exhibition of automobiles suited traveler. The soft, moist climate of to service in hot and far-away lands. France favors these growths peculiarly and numerous skilled gardeners make it It is strange to note how much more expossible to care for large garden spaces, quisite the arms of the savages are than each little and large space being devoted those of the civilized race, though the latto the exhibit, not alone in specially set- ter shoot better. But the swords of the apart grounds, but in odd corners by savages put those of their mentors to buildings and between them. Not only shame. Flags, fetters (barbarous things), do they attend to those simpler flowers tribal torture machines and wonderful which adorn everybody's home, but the robes all teach a lesson in patriotism and unusual, the rarely beautiful and the a lesson in art, even the robe de chambre exotic are everywhere. Naturally, the dis- of a famous French general who got himplay here is one of the most imposing self killed before he could clamber into features of the entire grounds, as the his epaulettes. Over all this space one Orient without fruits and flowers would sees the sculptured ornamentation, the be a delusion. The forcing houses defy statues and the portrait busts which description. Enormous palms, thirty or France produces so abundantly. forty feet high, stand aloft; and the lake- Passing out into the avenues and alleys lets are rich with divers sorts of aquatic one is impressed by the evidences of the plants, with grand flowers of ravishing love of prettiness by the French. They colors and agreeable odors, their immense believe that an exposition should have a leaves floating on the surface. Skill in festive air and that long strings of garshaping ornamental grass plats, and in lands in electric lights, suspensions of interspersing them with floral arrange- artificial flowers in tissue paper, flags and ments, reveals to us the superiority of more flags, as well as flowering urns and these French and Oriental gardeners. fountains, are essentials. Indeed they do
I have not mentioned the abundance ornament the place wonderfully, though of mural decorations in this line of build- often too prettified. All these ornaments ings. Painters are a drug in the market form a veil to the picturesqueness of the in France and they are talented, trained Algerian building, which lifts its tall and original. In the administration pal- minaret white against the blue sky. Towace is a collection of pictures by artists ers, pagodas and other tall structures who make a specialty of doing oriental show us here how much we missed at the subjects. There are two divisions of the World's Fair in St. Louis, where there exhibition: painters of to-day, whose were none because the money gave out too names are not familiar to us in America, early and the management had to shear though many of them will soon become the good plans. known, and those whom we do know be- Beautiful arrays of colonettes range cause they belong to the immediate past. themselves around the interior courts of I am not sure which of these is the more these long-drawn-out collections of the attractive, though represented among the mosques and palaces of Algiers, fountains old men are Decamps, Delacroix, Gérôme, play, statues range themselves suitably, Fromentin, Regnault, Horace, Vernet, and the floral display makes it all like a Renoir, Manet, all great. The collection, fairyland. Inside are showings of the both old and young, is decidedly worth wheat that we have introduced so favorcrossing the ocean to see.
ably in our own country, the hard grain The exposition retrospective-historic is of Africa which promises to improve our fine also, including paintings, engravings bread. Cork wood, dates, wines, branand especially bibelots. As might be dies and other articles both useful and imagined, these articles of art are remark- injurious, but all good for money-making, ably fine, including as they do all the ex- make an array which fatigues as well as quis te jewelry, pottery, draperies, silks instructs.
instructs. All these African pavilions are and woolens of these nations of fine color filled with the same sort of produce sense and decorative feeling. Arms of nearly, but we were not prepared to find marvelous beauty and ornamentation are iron, zinc and hydraulic cements in this abundant, and they include historical hot country. Naturally the tobacco and souvenirs associated with the warriors of olive oil met our expectations. Over in France and those equally honored of the the Exportation Palace we saw French half-civilized races with whom they fought. champagne for the Africans, and here we