The Dream City, Paul V. Galvin 
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  INTERIOR OF THE HORTICULTURAL DOME - The engraving has a historical value, as it discovers to the reader the methods by which even the tallest palms and bamboos were carried toward the vault of the high crystal dome. Within the wooded construction on which the upper plants rest, was arranged a grotto, reproducing a cave in the Black Hills country. The prismatic sheathing of this cave had been torn away and was transferrd to the walls of this wooded cavern, there to gaily reflect the many electric lights that relieved the passage from its gloom. Between the outer palms and the upper platform a rapid ascent was made and covered with moss and vines. In front of the cavern's door ran a brook, and to reach the entrance, the visitors used stepping-stones across the brook, and began a serpentine journey to the hall of stalactites. At first, this entrance was free; then, as the crowds increased, the fees began, until at last, like nearly all other similar exhibitions on the grounds, the charges became the most wonderful things that the dark unfathomed cave or the visitor had to bear. The Department of Floriculture was the scene of a constant clash of authority during the Fair. The Chief, John Thorpe, who arranged all the effects and raised the small flowers, was in open rebellion against Chief Samuels, of Horticulture, and no sooner did the gates of the Exposition close than Thorpe indignantly took his leave. His fame as a botanist is very great.
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