The Dream City, Paul V. Galvin 
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  PANORAMA OF THE GREELY EXPEDITION - Southeast of the rotunda in the Government Building, and closely adjoining that beautiful apartment, was the Artic Panorama erected by the signal bureau of the War Department. This white scene was perhaps the most striking of all the displays in the wonderful museum which the United States opened at the World's Fair. The exhibit was built in the manner made familiar to residents of cities through what are called cycloramas, where lay figures and actual properties take stated positions before the painting, and become an inseparable portion of the scene. This panorama represents Lieut. Greely at the right welcoming back to camp the subordinate officers of his expedition who have planted the American flag at the highest point yet reached by explorers. Lieut. Lockwood is shaking hands, and Sergeant Brainard is in the rear. An Esquimaux is stooping behind Lieut. Lockwood, and a half dozen dogs complete the figures. Near by is a large painting showing the awesome cape as it extends into the sea, the northernmost discovered land. On the sled is the same flag, made by Mrs. Greely, that was flung to the northmost polar breeze, and a boot leg was shown from which the survivors made soup during the last days of their sufferings. Relics of the expedition of Sir Jon Franklin formed a part of the display. The icebergs built before the large canvas in the rear were successfully placed, and the effect was realistic.
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