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  JAPAN'S DEDICATION - The engraving shows the gathering of invited quests on one of the earliest days in May, 1893, to dedicate the Ho-o-den, or Phoenix Temple of Japan, in Jackson Park. In the picture the main and central pavilion is at the left, while the left way (for the buildings represent a bird with pinions extended), is at the right. The dome of the Illinois Building is seen over a temporary structure beyond the stockade, all of which was soon to disappear. In the foreground stand the members of the little band of merry workmen who erected the temple. The backs of their coats show, by a cross of white in a circle, that the wearers have the honor and good fortune to be employed by certain Japanese contractors as master carpenters, and on the lapels of their coats are other trade marks and legends. The Japanese of higher rank who has superintended their labors and directed their daily lives for several months, stands in American raiment, with the spectacles and silk hat, near the central foreground. Colonel Rice, commandant of the Columbian Guards, stands with his hand in his pocket exactly in the corner of the veranda and facing Thomas O'Niell, the Mayor's private Secretary. The Chicago Ho-o-den is not a brilliant reproduction of the beautiful temple in Japan, and it seems that modern workmen have lost the cunning of their art, or that too much expense would have been incurred in a more faithful copy. As it is, the little buildings are by no means unsightly, and now become a permanent part of Jackson Park, a gift from the Mikado.
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