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  WOODED ISLAND AND TRANSPORTATION BUILDING - We here obtain excellent views of the Wooded Island and the Transportation Building. One of the four corner pavilions of the Manufactures Building comes well in view and the secrets of the roof of that vast edifice may be explored. The first roof, or "lean-to," is over the loggia. The next roof then ascends from the windows of the galleries, and comes to an apex which is seen in the picture. The other, or inner side of this roof, descends until it reaches the great ascending arches, so that when avalanches of snow descended on those arches this outer roof was always crushed, and the snow piled in tons on the big floor underneath. The scene on which the reader looks - its walks, shrubs, flowers, waters, palaces and balustrades - was a wet sandy swale in September, 1891. The island was designed with a view of separating the masses of people, and for sanitary reasons, there being apprehension that a World's Fair disease might appear, as has happened at festivals of this kind. While assuring fresh air to the people, the island exquisitely enhanced the beauty of the scene, and offered a vista second in rank only to the Court of Honor. On the right is the south end of Horticultural Hall; next is Music Hall; next the Transportation, with its Golden Door; next the Mines, and then the bayed fronts of the Electricity. The Manufactures was isolated from the west side of the park, and could be easiest reached by the lake route.
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