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  CLOCK TOWER AND FRENCH FACADE - The most conspicuous object on Columbia Avenue in the Manufactures Building was the Clock-Tower, which is seen at the left of the engraving. It was erected by a self-winding clock manufacturer, and was operated in connection with the Western Union Telegraph Company. There were passageways underneath in both main directions, and the northern region of the building, or United States Section, may be seen through its arch at the right of the avenue. The dials were four in number, and measured seven feet in diameter. At each quarter-hour a series of chimes was struck which filled the building with festive sounds. At the right of the tower rises the column which surmounted the Tiffany and Gorham exhibits, the most creditable of the American displays in their department. In these pavilions the diamonds, the silver statue of Columbus, and the model Cathedral chancel and altar redeemed America from utter defeat in the concourse of nations. The magnificent facade of the French Section here shows its main portal, with Folguere's Statue of the French Republic at the entrance. This construction of twenty-six arches was erected under the supervision of Chief of Installation Mascart. The caryatides bearing the cornice, as seen at the right, were present along both main outer aisles, and beyond each arch was a drawing room displaying the finest household goods of which France could boast. The many alcoves within, and their contents, made a profound impression on all visitors.
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