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  THE SPANISH BUILDING - The picture on the left represents the Spanish Building, whose interior was one of the most beautiful and impressive constructions of the Exposition, purposely recalling the Lace Exchange at Valencia. The hall was filled with columns and groined arches, and at the corner was the tower in which bankrupt and defaulting merchants were confined. The building was ninety-five by eighty-four feet, and fifty feet high; the tower was fifteen feet higher, and its roof could be reached by a circular stairway. The architect was Rafael Gaustivino. The cost was $45,000. The hall was principally filled with large and antique oil paintings, largely representative of the great Spanish discovery.

THE FRENCH BUILDING - The engraving on the right of this page gives only the left pavilion of the edifice erected by France. At some distance out of view to the right, a similar pavilion stood, and the twain were connected by a crescent, or semi-circular gallery, on the interior by exposed walls of which hung many large paintings of scenes in Paris. In the pavilion before us was shown the administrative machinery of Paris, including the operation of the Bertillon method of measuring criminals for future identification. The demonstrations of man's wickedness and the ugliness of bad men's faces, as here shown, crowded these pavilions all summer.
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