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  THE SILVER COLUMN OF ATLAS - The engraving shows the northwestern interior of the Mines Building a few hours before the opening, on May 1, 1893, and this was the only display, other than the Floral and Aquaria (much smaller) that was fit for the eye of the public at the time. Like all its exhibits, the mining display of New South Wales challenged the efforts of the greatest States and nations. The silver column, bearing Atlas upon its capital, was the most conspicuous object in its region. Nor were the towers of ingots and pigs the only wonders of the place, for gold nuggets worth $50,000 vied with the treasures of the Western States. The vista down the line shows Canada next to New South Wales, then great Britain, and in the foliated iron projections the German workmanship of Baron Stumm, who doubtless made his great display at the behest of the German Kaiser. Mechanics will be likely to note the steel structure of the Mines Building, as here shown, which was peculiar; the arching arms did not spring across the building, but were so balanced on the main pillars that they were cut away to receive a higher skylight at the crest of the roof. The three rows of glass may be seen on the west side; and so well constructed was this edifice that it withstood the snows and waterspouts of a most inclement year, from May 1, 1892, until May 1, 1893, when good weather set in and lasted all the summer.
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