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  THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE MANUFACTURES BUILDING ON CHICAGO DAY - Inasmuch as it is not known that seven hundred and fifty thousand American people have ever before gathered in a region no larger than Jackson Park, and as it is here desired to portray the buildings of the Fair in all their aspects, several pages of this volume will be devoted to the illustration of the masses who surrounded the lagoons and buildings on that memorable day, the anniversary of another event entirely without parallel in history. On October 9, 1871 the city of Chicago, in its commercial center and its northern residential and suburban quarters, was razed to the ground by fire. Over one-third of its actual geographical area was covered with ashes and ruins. In memory of that frightful day, and because Chicago had risen from that awful fate to be a rival of the leading cities of the world, it became the ambition of the West to so crowd Jackson Park on October 9, 1893, as to outdo the greatest attendance ever chronicled at a fair in the history of the world. To do this, three hundred and ninety-seven thousand one hundred and fifty admissions were needed, while the Fourth of July and Illinois Day had fallen far short of the "high-water mark." On Sunday night, October 8th - strangely enough, the days of the week tallied with the days of the week in 1871 - the streets of Chicago showed that the greatest of crowds had come. The next day a body of visitors five times larger than could sit in the Manufactures Building when it was clear of exhibits, entered Jackson Park.
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