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  EASTERN VERANDA OF THE WOMAN'S BUILDING - Although the Woman's Building was the theatre of many poignant discussions between cynical and experienced women, it was no less an object of the greatest curiousity to the mass of American home people. It was the first edifice of national importance in modern times to be built and conducted by women. Its managers composed the first legislature of women ever authorized by any government of men. Its halls and offices were dedicated to every propaganda that modern woman has seen fit to espouse, and every lecturer and leader might feel sure of an hour of glory here. The French gardeners lent their generous aid to the decoration of the premises, and it may be guessed how grateful would the multitude have been to sit here and gaze across the lagoon upon the Government Building, or northward, as in our engraving, upon the broad-spreading capital of Illinois. But chairs were not deemed necessary by the legislative mothers - life was too short to allow time for reformation of the world and for rest in this delightful retreat. Therefore the people went inside and paid a dollar each for Isabella quarter-dollars with a crowned head on them; looked at Marie Bashkirtseff's last picture; drank Ceylon tea; inquired for Mrs. Potter Palmer; got dinner on the roof-garden, where the summer passed without an accident; or, better yet, heard some famous woman lecture on the needed reforms of the age.
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