The Dream City, Paul V. Galvin 
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  NORTHEASTERN CORNER OF THE GRAND BASIN - We look through the portal of the Fair into the air above Lake Michigan. On the summit of the pylon is the splendid group in plaster made by D. C. French and E. C. Potter at a cost of $15,000. In that group, called "The Triumph of Columbus," the discoverer stands in a chariot, supported on his sword, and drawn by two horses. These are led by two maidens, each of whom leads also another steed, and, bearing the standards of victory, two outriders appear a little at the rear of the chariot. The gilded Statue of the Republic, by Daniel C. French, towers directly before us, and is doubtless the best colossal effigy ever moulded into human form. It must be understood that the eye could never guide the sculptor who made this figure. His measurements must alone produce the stupendous structure which experience showed to be unneeded, except as a buttress for the Colonnade. In the corner is one of two Temples of Vesta, which were let to the holders of concessions. Inside the arch was a wide bridge, and the entire promenade was paved with brick. Theodore Bauer's rows of statues may be seen, and at the bases of the arch two of four groups by Miss Bela G. Pratt.
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