a chilling blast; but there was a stove in the office of the chief of installation, and with its help the daily cup of tea was made which kept the workers alive,
Each State and Territory had a separate opening day for its exhibit.
These days were marked by public meetings at which compliments were exchanged, addresses made, and the exhibits turned over to the management.
It was considered obligatory for all the commissioners to attend these meetings, and the women spent many weary hours trying to hear the addresses of distinguished individuals whose voices contended in vain with the din of the machinery.
The Mexican Band played, and relieved the tedium of the long sittings; but the women commissioners were upheld chiefly by the feeling that they were drawn together from all parts of the country, and were taking an honored part in a great industrial and peaceful pageant, whose results would be important to the country and to mankind at large.
The Journal tells in February of the “opening of the colored people's department; very interesting.
A numerous assemblage of them showed a wide range of types.
Music, military, drumming especially good.. Saw in their exhibit a portrait of John A. Andrew
which looked like a greeting from the old heroic time.”
The Woman's Department was formally opened on March 3, though it had really been open, to the public since early January.
The day was one of the gayest in the history of the Exposition.
The gallery of the Government Building
was bright with flowers and gay