The Dream City, Paul V. Galvin 
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  LOOKING LAKEWARD FROM THE STATUE OF PLENTY - We stand between the bulls made by E. C. Potter, the sculptor, to guard the landing centrally in front of the Agricultural Hall, and look a little to the north of eastward, through the Colonnade and archway of the so-called Peristyle, out into the blue air above Lake Michigan. It was upon these watery spaces that the builders of the Fair relied for sanitary safety. Here the breathing of the hosts was to be oxygenized, here by these distances they were to be held apart, that the empoisonments of past assemblages might not be repeated. In the days when these colossal columns and monuments were determined upon, it was hoped that each day between May and November might be a Chicago Day. The city was as much crowded in 1892, in its business part, as in 1893, and the thought that only fifty thousand people could see the Fair on some of its days, was not considered worthy of toleration. Yet twenty-two million people came; many of them dwelt near this scene; few or none of them but gained in health, for never did a summer pass with fewer days that were not sunny and dry. Air, and sky, and sea, and sculpture, conspired to allure the mind from care, and though the financial panic saddened the hearts of the people, it could not extinguish the ardor of their admiration for this scene; it could not wrench from their loyal lips a cry of American regret that dreamers had dreamed and artists had wrought as never artists wrought before.
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