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  TOWN HALL IN OLD VIENNA - There were rival Irish, Turkish and German attractions on Midway Plaisance. There had been, in the City of Vienna, a clever reproduction of ancient times, and the success of this undertaking furnished the idea of a similar entertainment at Chicago. Accordingly a large space was set aside, just west of the Ferris Wheel, on the south side of the avenue; the houses were built entirely surrounding an open square; and Robert B. Jentzsch, a member of the Imperial Austrian Commission, assumed the director-generalship of the German community that at once settled in these picturesque surroundings. Conspicuously placed in the square was an open pavilion where a good band from Austria gave two concerts each day. At least forty little shops of all kinds opened, and if they sold wine or beer they did not offer their goods without reason. A restaurateur also set his tables in the open air, and soon all Chicago, at least, was talking of Old Vienna. To pay twenty-five cents admission in order to pay ten cents for a glass of beer and listen to the excellent music and the compliments of the Vienese waitresses, became a fashion among fashionable young Americans, as it was a pleasure for old-country people. The engraving shows the decorations of the principal buildings on October 4, 1893, when the Austrian heir-apparent was in the city and on the Plaisance. It is not generally believed that he entered the inclosure of Old Vienna.
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