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  SCENE FROM THE WHITE STAR BUILDING - The beautiful and wonderful view before us includes the small building of the White Star Steamship Company, the Japanese Ho-o-den on the island, the corner of the Government, and the vast Manufactures Building, the largest edifice on earth. In the foreground may also be seen the beautiful Elk's Bridge, and the electric launches gliding along on the smooth waters of the lagoon. We have not previously given the history of the White Star concession - for such it was, as all the other ocean steamship lines were compelled to display their models in the Transportation Building. The structure was circular, with a veranda which was noticeable because the pillars were wound with rope, and the rings above and below were life-preservers. The object of this exhibit was to wean landsmen from their fear of the tempest-tossed seas, and to enlarge their ideas of the size of a state-room on an ocean steamer. Among the shrewd agents looking earliest for space on the grounds was Nils Anderson, the Chicago representative of this interest, and in February, 1894, Ismay, Imrie & Co., managers of the business, gave him a finely-inscribed gold watch and case, testifying their satisfaction, and acknowledging the advantages they had enjoyed through his early action, for there were larger, better and more instructive exhibits of the same kind in the Transportation Building - especially the Inman Line's full-sized section of a steamship, a display never before attempted, except at the Battleship Illinois.
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