WORLD’S FAIR NOTES.
Ohio will build a mineral cabin in the Mines building to illustrate its mineral resources. Arrangements for it were completed last week by Executive Commissioner D. J. Ryan and National Commissioner William Ritchie of the Buckeye State. The cabin will be thirty-two by sixty-one feet and twenty-three feet high. It will be constructed entirely of Ohio material, the principal elements being the mineral productsof the State.
The Horticultural department is constantly in receipt of exhibits. Already within the great dome of the building palms, tree ferns and banana trees combine to make a striking appearance. Chief Samuels has a large force at work in the dome, and it is beginning to assume the aspect of a vast tropical garden.
To emphasize his entrance to the Administration building Director-General Davis last week hoisted the United States flag over the pavilion in which is located his office and those of chiefs of departments.
Not the least of the attractions at the World’s Fair is the flagstaff of the Washington State building. It is already on the grounds, and will be put in its upright position soon. It is formed of a single tree, with only the bark removed. The tree was originally nearly 250 feet in height, and was as straight ns a rush from the ground to its topmost branches. It was, however, too tall to be carried across the continent, and its top limb for nearly fifty feet was cut off, and now lies discarded on the slopes of Mount Hood. Even then its remaining length was too great. It was cut again in a way that would permit of its being spliced together again at the Fair grounds. Four flat cars were used in its transportation. Since its arrival it has been spliced together, and when erect will display the stars and stripes at an altitude of 200 feet.
The first exhibit is installed, and consists of one of California’s famous Redwood trees. It was received at the Government building last week, and will be erected by Uncle Sam as an example of the big trees of California. The sections were cut from a tree which, before it was felled for World’s Fair purposes, stood 400 feet high. The entire trunk was considered a little too big even for the World’s Fair, and a section thirty feet long was sawed off. It is twenty-three feet in diameter and big enough to make a house itself. This is what will be done with it in the Government building. The sections were boxed in a suitable material to prevent the bark being abraded on the journey. Next week Professor Dill of the New York Museum of Natural History will reach Chicago to superintend the putting together of the sections, forty-six in number. Before shipping they were hollowed out to the thickness of one foot, so that when the trunk is put in place it will be in the form of a great hollow stump, but it will be furnished, lighted by electricity and made two stories high.