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  THE FARMER'S BRIDGE - This was the friendly sobriquet bestowed on the bridge, seen in the photograph before us, which led from Machinery Hall to Agricultural Hall, on the south side of the Grand Basin. We have here in view a rostral column, which may be described. On its apex stood a statue of Neptune, trident in hand; on either side of the pillar were the breaks or rostra of three vessels, a tribute to the marine commerce whereby Venice, as Rome had done, testified her debt to the sea. Hence, rostrum, a speaking place, or forum. We obtain a special view of the north-west corner of Agricultural Hall. Here was a Corinthian porch, protecting extensive mural paintings in bright colors. In the pediment was a sculptural work of great beauty, representing the shepherds, their flocks, and their dogs. The caryatides called Abundance can be seen, and their number was sixty. Figures of eagles were added to the numerous effigies, and groups of the Seasons sat, garlands in hand, at the base of the pyramid that served as a pedestal for the Four Horoscopes, or Races, on the summit. These most graceful figures are elsewhere illustrated in these photographs. They upheld the frame of a sphere on which the zone of the zodiac was wound. The treatment of balustrades and quay are here seen, as well as four of the casts of animals by Kemeys and Proctor on the bridge.
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