AN EXPOSITION AT CHARLESTON.

AN EXPOSITION AT CHARLESTON.

The South Carolina Interstate and West Indian exposition (L. W. Wagener, president, and John H. Averill, director-general), which is to be held next year at Charleston, S. C., will prove an agreeable means of bringing home to the people of this country not only the abundaut resources of the South in general and of the State of South Carolina in particular, but also of those from the tropical belt to the south, which have become all the more interesting and important to Americans since the Spanish-American war, the addition of Puerto Rico to the possessions of the United States, and the opening up of Cuba to our commerce, engineers, manufacturers of fireprotective apparatus, hydraulic machinery, sanitary equipment, sewer pipes, filters, and the like. These countries, also, will doubtless send their products, and thus the exposition at Charleston, though apparently only interstate and local, may become in reality international,and may open the way to remunerative business relations between the West Indian islands and the United States, with Charleston as the entrepot.

For the purpose of promoting such commercial interchange the harbor of Charleston, with its facilities for shipping and receiving freight, is peculiarly well adapted. It is easy of access from all West Indian ports, and presents no formidable difficulties in the way of navigation. A glance at the accompanying plan of the harbor shows this, and doubtless the view of the historic Fort Sumter which is also given, will rouse many patriotic recollections in the hearts of those who have worn either the Blue or the Gray.

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