National Exhibits at the Great Parisian Show.
We imagine, says The American Architect, that a good many people will be surprised to learn the comparative importance of the exhibits to be shown at the Paris Exhibition, at least as indicated by the energy with which the governments of the countries from which they come have taken part in the matter. To begin with our own country, the exhibits front the United States will occupy an area of about 80,000 square feet, which will be mostly devoted to private contributors; but the government has appropriated $225,000, and will make some sort of official exhibit. Our little neighbor, Mexico, has officially appropriated $450,000, and has a large building of its own. in which will be shown the productions of what most of us imagine to be a nation of priest-ridden Indians. The Argentine Republic, which many Americans, we venture to say, confound with Patagonia, has appropriated $640,000, and will fill a space of 16,000 square feet with objects which will not consist exclusively of the hides and horns of wild cattle. Siam is to have 2500 square feet for its official exhibition, and private Chinese merchants have engaged about 3000. Japan is to have a splendid agricultural exhibit, besides a larger one of manufactured articles than it had in 1878. Portugal and Austria will each occupy about the same space as Japan, and Monaco, Andorra and San Marino w ill be represented. England is naturally to furnish a large part of the foreign manufactures. Two hundred and fifty thousand square feet were originally appropriated to its exhibit, but the space was almost immediately taken up, and for a long time the English Commissioners have had to refuse contributions for the want of a place to put them. The price of admission has been fixed by the committee on finance at two francs for the “ hours of study,” from eight to ten in the morning ; one franc for the hours between ten in the morning and six in the evening ; and two francs for the evening. Season tickets, good for six months, will be $20.