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  PENNSYLVANIA'S PAVILION IN AGRICULTURAL HALL - Many of the commonwealths - particularly Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio and the Northwestern States - vied with each other in the erection of original, typical and attractive pavilions in the Agricultural Building, and the picture represents the much-admired structure or inclosure of the Keystone State. In all things pertaining to the Exposition, Pennsylvania, especially through her chief city of Philadelphia, was magnanimous and exemplary. Having given the Centennial Exposition, the state was not envious of Illinois; having sacrificed and labored in a similar cause, Philadelphia sympathized with Chicago, a fellow-feeling making her wondrous kind. Everything that Pennsylvania undertook was thus supported with bountiful purse, and offered with such a grace as made the gift thrice welcome. Thus, this pavilion was the cynosure of neighboring eyes in the purview of Chief Buchanan. One might admire the skill of the builder in dealing so profusely with Pennsylvanian insignia and working them out in cereals, keeping agriculture rather than architecture in view; or he might enter and behold the Liberty Bell, cast in an amalgam of cereals; or, yet again, study the grain-dials that represented the sun. The agricultural products of Pennsylvania were here lavishly displayed, nor were they less eloquently praised by the sons of William Penn, who wisely held that they advanced their State and nation when they abetted the civic ambition of Chicago, and flattered the pride of the West.
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