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REPORT OF THK CUSTODIAN OF THE ILLINOIS
f'HE plan of exhibit was departmental and illustra-
_ tive of the administration of the State. The several
departments were intrusted to competent committees,
and their reports show fully the manner in which the
several representations of the departments of the State
Government were administered.
Seats were provided in sufficient quantities to accom-
modate visitors, in order that they might rest in com-
fort, eat lunch, etc., although this entailed a very con-
siderable amount of additional labor in keeping the
Building in presentable condition. The dispensers of
milk, lemonade and other similar .beverages were com-
pelled to charge but five cents per glass, while ten and
even fifteen cents were common charges elsewhere on the
grounds. Check rooms for lunch baskets, clothing, grips,
etc., were provided free of charge, and parlors and re-
ception rooms were at all times open for the comfort of
visitors. The greatest care was exercised to properly
and promptly return lost or stolen property.
By resolution of the Board the employes needed in this
department were selected from the various congressional
districts of the State, each being recommended and
vouched for by the representative on the Board from
his district. As a consequence, an exceptionally com-
petent and efficient body of men was secured, whose
main labors were performed during the night when the
Building was closed, and who were as a result at liberty
during the day to render valuable service in conducting
and entertaining visitors.
At the close of the Fair the Building and all property
not otherwise disposed of by grants to the public insti-
tutions of the State were sold at puplic auction after
extended public notice of the same in several newspapers
of general circulation, and brought satisfactory prices,
considering the circumstances of the sale.
All of which is respectfully submitted,
W. H. FULKERSON,
Custodian Illinois Building.
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RECEPTION
fOUR Committee on Reception and Ceremonies would
_ respectfully report that the important and delicate
duties assigned them were discharged with a full appre-
ciation of the dignity of the great State which the Board
represented, and the historical character of the occasions
upon which its hospitalities and courtesies were extended.
Bearing constantly in mind the plain and unassuming
character of our people, no attempt was made to imi-
tate the customs and ceremonials of the Old World, but
to dispense an abundant and generous hospitality after
the manner to which our people have been accustomed.
It affords me great pleasure to say that this method
seemed to meet the hearty approval, not only of our
own people, but of our honored guests from foreign
By the aid of various members of the Board and oth-
ers, the committee was enabled to render every public
reception a gratifying success, and to give such an ac-
count of this department as would redound to the honor
of the commonwealth.
On May 18, Dedication Day, the attendance was very
large, and the Illinois Building was, of course, the center
of attraction. For the entertainment of the multitude,
speeches were made by President Funk, of the Board,
Governor Altgeld, Hon. Frank H. Jones, of Springfield,
who was the orator of the day, Mayor Harrison, of
Chicago, and others; and the Building and the Illinois Ex-
hibit were formally opened to the public.
At the close of the dedicatory exercises, luncheon was
served in the Assembly Koom of the Illinois Building to
more than twenty-four hundred people.
A reception was given by the Board on July 26, to
which all the Commissioners national, foreign, and State
Boards of Control were invited, and the occasion was
memorable for pleasant social intercourse, speeches,
toasts and music.
We also entertained, August 24, Illinois Day, the as-
sembled multitudes, listening to speeches by Vice Presi-
dent Stevenson, Governor Altgeld, Mayor Harrison, and
other noted representative gentlemen, on which occasion
the Illinois National Guard was present, adding greatly
to the im press iven ess of the occasion. The Building was
handsomely decorated with the national colors and the
flags of foreign nations, from base to dome, and the
day closed with a grand display of fireworks in the
Chicago Day, October 9. was the crowning day of the
World's Fair. More people visited Jackson Park than
were ever seen on any fair ground in the world before,
and the Illinois Board of World's Fair Commissioners
did their part ably in entertaining the immense throng.
The Building was elaborately decorated with the national
colors, as well as those of foreign nations, and made an
imposing appearance. In the evening our grounds were
brilliantly lighted with thousands of Chinese lanterns.
A brilliant reception was held by Governor Altgeld.
It is with great pleasure that we recall the entertain-
ment given under the auspices of the Illinois Board to
the children of the Soldiers' Orphans' Home at Normal,
111., October 23, the number of children and their attend-
ants being about two hundred and seventy. A special
train was chartered by the Board over the Chicago &
Alton Railroad, from Normal to Jackson Park and
return. Their admission was paid at the gate, their
meals paid for at the Wellington Catering Company's
dining-rooms, and they were comfortably and safely
lodged in the Illinois Building the boys and their at-
tendants in the Assembly Room, and the girls and their
female attendants in the private parlors, General Oren-
dorff furnishing blankets for the boys, and Marshall
Field & Co. furnishing, free of cost, four hundred and
eighty new blankets for the girls. The children finished
their sight-seeing by accepting the generous invitation
of Col. W. F. Cody to attend the Wild West Show,
and a happier lot of little ones were never seen.
November 18th there was an entertainment given by
the Illinois Board to the executive officers of the different
States, which was a kind of last greeting a sort of love
feast which was enjoyed exceedingly by all present.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
JAMES W. JUDY,
Chm. Com. on Reception and Ceremonies.
REPORT OP COMMITTEE ON BUREAU OF
JOUR Committee assigned to the charge of the "Bu-
^JL 6 reau of Information," respectfully report: That,
after carefully considering this matter, with the great
interests at stake, and the absolute necessity of placing
it in charge of a gentleman thoroughly acquainted with
the magnitude of the department, and one who would
be able to wield its influence in the interest of the great
enterprise in hand, unanimously selected Hon. Joseph
M. Page, of Jerseyville, Illinois, as such manager, con-
ferring upon him authority to conduct, with the advice
and consent of the Committee, the business pertaining
to the position. That he faithfully and intelligently per-
formed such duties, the Press, not only of our State, but
of the whole country, abundantly testify. The head-
quarters was the rendezvous of the newspaper men from
far and near, and it was so well equipped with informa-
tion on all subjects of interest to the visitor, as to elicit
the highest encomiums of praise. To Mr. Page your
Committee feel under great obligations, and we feel that
the favorable impressions made in favor of the work of
the Commission, were largely due to his efforts.
We submit with this his detailed report, which is made
a part of the report of your Committee.
All of which is respectfully submitted,
E. C. PACE.
Bureau of Information.
J. M. PAGE, SUPERINTENDENT.
As your Honorable Board is well aware, the Press
Department for the State was organized by your Com-
mission, and placed in charge of a committee consisting
of E. C. Pace, chairman; J. W. Judy and William Stewart,
and an appropriation of $5,000 made for carrying out
the purposes of said department* The Committee so ap-
pointed employed J. M. Page, of Jerseyville, and placed
the department in his charge with full power to transact
the business pertaining thereto, and to make such pur-
chases as were in his judgment required, that would meet
with the approval of the Board, aiid I beg leave to sub-
mit the following report, which, in a measuro, shows
what has been done through the Press Department.
Your Honorable Board, feeling that Illinois was the
host of the nations, requested that newspaper men not
only from this State, but from all the States and from
all countries, should be courteously treated and enter-
tained. To do this in a manner befitting the State I
purchased carpets, decorations, furniture and papering
amounting to $885.04, and have kept a full supply o^
stationery, which has been used by all visitors without
expense to them. I also engaged two assistants and a
stenographer for^the purpose of better attending to the
business of the department.
In the early days of the Fair indications were that the
people of this State especially were not being made fully
conversant with the grandeur of the exhibits, and on
consultation with your Honorable Board it was deemed
advisable that a Press Day be named which would be
devoted to the newspaper men of the State. This day
was set for the 16th of June. Invitations were issued
to all the newspapers of the State, and a large number
of editors met here on that day, and by personal in-
spection of the Illinois Building and exhibits, carried
back with them and told their readers just what they
had seen. I think you are all convinced this resulted in
great good to the Fair and in bringing the work of this
Honorable Body to the attention of the citizens of Illi-
nois, who had so generously contributed towards the
enterprise, and I have yet to hear a single complaint
made by the newspaper men of the manner in which the
funds and exhibits have been handled by you. It was
thought best to provide a luncheon for the newspaper
men and the members of their families attending on that
day, and a contract was made by me with the Welling-
ton Catering Company to provide suitable food for fifteen
hundred at an expense of $800. The compensation for
management arranged for with the Committee was $300
per month for myself and the two assistants above men-
tioned, and the stenographer at $50 per month. The
total amount expended, including all expenses to Novem-
ber 1, has been f 3,991.88, leaving of the $5,000 appro-
priated, the sum of $1,008.12; and in addition to that
the carpets and furniture can be sold for at least fifty
per cent, of their first cost, making the net cost of fur-
nishing and maintaining the Press Department, including
the $800 for lunch on Illinois Day, the sum of $3,606.88.
It has been impossible to keep a correct record of the
number of visitors who have come to the press rooms
and enjoyed its hospitalities, as scarce one in ten of the
The work, in a great measure, outside of entertaining
visitors, has consisted in securing passes for admission
through the gates, and also to the various entertain-
ments in the city and upon the Fair Grounds, and I
think I can safely say that, counting it in single admis-
sions, there have been issued through this department
over forty-five thousand tickets into the grounds, apd
that the places of entertainment before referred to have
admitted upon my personal card no less than ten
thousand persons. In addition to this, a large num-
ber of circulars have been sent out from this office to
the newspapers of the State, and arrangements made
with the ready print publishers of country newspapers
by which a cut of the farm scene in the Illinois Building
was sent broadcast throughout the State, with three
columns of reading matter attached thereto. I have
also distributed one hundred copies of the Illinois Sou-
venir Book to the managers of the entertainments in
Midway and several of the natives of foreign countries in
these places, with a slip on which was written the names
of your Honorable Board, and feel that this book will
be productive of great good by reason of its bping taken
into so many foreign countries, and cherished as a
souvenir by the recipients.
Whether the department has been well conducted and
satisfactory to your Honorable Board is not for me to
say, but I wish to extend to you all my sincere thanks
for the friendly feeling ever shown to me and those under
me, and for the hearty cooperation you have extended
on every occasion when requested by me so to do, and
I hope that the friendly relations and new acquaintances
formed may ever be pleasant and lasting.
REPORT OF FREIGHT AND EXPRESS RECEIPTS
W. D. STRYKEK, SUPERINTENDENT.
jL HAVE the honor, as Commissioner in charge of freight
-I? and express receipts and shipments, respectfully to
report that I was appointed to take charge of this de-
partment on February 10. 1893.
During the month of March there were received by ex-
press nineteen packages, consigned chiefly to the common
school section of the Educational and the Agricultural
Departments. By freight twenty-three packages and six
car loads, consigned chiefly to the Agricultural Depart-
ment and that of interior furnishings.
During the month of April there were received by ex-
press one hundred and one packages for the common
school section of the Educational Department and one
hundred and two for various other departments. By
freight, one hundred and eighty-nine pieces and three
In May there were received twenty-nine packages for
the common school section of the Educational Depart-
partment, and one hundred and sixty-nine for other de-
partments. By freight, eight pieces.
In June there were received fifty-eight packages for
the common school section of the Educational Depart-
ment and two hundred and twenty-five for other depart-
ments, by express. By freight, thirty pieces.
During the month of July there were received sixty-
two packages for various departments by express.
In August there were received sixty-two packages by
express for various departments, and by freight sixty
consignments for the Live Stock Exhibit.
In September there were received eighty-four packages
by express; by freight, seventeen consignments for the
Live Stock Exhibit. .
In October ninety-one packages by express, sixty-three
for various departments and twenty-eight for the Poultry
Exhibit. By freight, fourteen consignments.
There was shipped matter to the number of seventy-
one packages by express, prior to November 1st, includ-
ing principally circulars of information.
During November there was shipped by express matter
to the number of three hundred and six packages by the
American Express Company, fifty-seven by the Adams
and one hundred sixty-eight by the Associated Express
Company, making a total for the month of five hundred
and thirty-one packages.
In December there was shipped by express nineteen
In January there were shipped .by express fourteen
packages, and seven car loads of interior furnishing, etc.,
were delivered to the Illinois State Board of Agriculture.
This report is unavoidably incomplete, for a consid-
erable quantity of freight and express matter was de-
livered directly to the heads of departments, and no
report thereof could in many cases be obtained for this
It would have been possible to go into greater detail,
but not apparently to any good purpose. The work,
therefore, which extended over a period of nearly a year,
needing daily and often hourly attention, is condensed
into this brief summary, which is now respectfully sub-
KEPORT OF PRINTING COMMITTEE.
f : HE act creating the Illinois Board of World's Fair
_ Commissioners was approved June 17, 1891, and
upon organization of the Board, the following members
were selected for the Standing Committee on Printing:
James K. Dickirson, Samuel Dysart, E. B. David, J. M.
Washburn and George S. Haskell. The latter gentleman
died, and soon after his place on the committee was
filled by the appointment of J. Barley Bradley.
The sum of $30,000 was set aside by the Board, to
be expended by this Committee in the publication of such
matter as might subsequently be agreed upon. The work
of the Printing Committee was done under the direction
and by the order of the Board of Commissioners, and
the Committee is gratified that everything has proved
Among the publications made by the Printing Com-
mittee were 10,000 circulars, giving the growth of the
public schools from 1855 to 1892, and a Synopsis of
the Public School System of Illinois, with the pertinent
statistical features of the educational system of this
State, which is, without doubt, the finest and best in
The Committee also published separate pamphlets, giv-
ing the history, progress and condition of each of the
elemosynary institutions in the State. These gave in-
formation that has been called for from all parts of the
world, concerning the methods of our charitable and
educational work by the State. These pamphlets were
furnished gratis to all who visited the exhibits made by
the different institutions, in the Illinois Building at the
Columbian Exposition, and were afterwards bound in
volumes that make a beautiful and valuable souvenir
book, being elaborately illustrated with exterior and in-
terior views of the several buildings. Sixteen thousand
copies of these were printed.
The Committee also issued sixteen thousand copies of
the Illinois Building Souvenir Book, which gives a de-
scription of the resources of the State, as shown in the
great State Building. It was written as a guide or in-
dex to the grand exhibit made by the Prairie State,
which formed a very interesting and important portion
of the World's Columbian Exposition. This book is
embellished with excellent half-tone engravings of the
officers and members of the Illinois Commission, and full
page views of the Illinois Building, the great Relief Map
of the State, the Agricultural Art Picture, grain inspec-
tion and forestry; the agricultural, horticultural and
floricultural exhibits; those of the timber, fish, clay,
geology, archeology, natural history; theeducational dis-
play, including numerous views of the exhibit made by
the University of Illinois, the different Normal Schools
and public buildings, including the four different places
that have been occupied as the seat of government in
In addition to all these, the Committee has issued the
printed matter documents required by the Board of
Commissioners during the year 1893, and yet, with eco-
nomical and judicious management, the committee leaves
an amount of about $21,565.84 of the appropriation
for a printing fund still unexpended.
J. K. DICKINSON,
E. B. DAVID,
JAS. M. WASHBCRN.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION.
?OUR Committee on Transportation begs leave re-
&J1? spectfully to report:
That the thanks of this Board are respectfully and
cordially tendered to the railroads of Illinois for unfail-
ing courtesy in all legitimate and proper ways extended
to this Commission during the preparation for and con-
tinuance of the World's Columbian Exposition.
J. IRVING PEA.RCE,
Chairman Committee on Transportation.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON COMPENSATION.
UGCIST 5, 1891, your Committee on Compensation
made their report to your honorable body, which
your records will show. Since then they have been re-
lieved from any active service, the Board assuming the
responsibility of fixing compensation for members and
J. IRVING PEARCE,
D. W. VITTUM,
Committee on Compensation.
fiHE Committee on Finance herewith submits a classi-
_ fied statement of the expenditures incurred by the
Illinois Board of World's Fair Commissioners, in all of
To Whom Paid.
15 American Desk and Seating Co
121 " "
2095 Anderson Bros. & Co
25 Andrews, A. H. & Co
780 " "
2032 Armour & Co 1
2064 Automatic Fountain Co
2137 Allen, P. S
28 Buckles, W. H
701 Bidenger, J
794 Bennett, Geo
1395 Bartels, W. H
1657 Bates, G. G
2105 Butler, W. P
2122 Beck, A. K, Lumber Co
2482 Baker, A. H
1696 Bullard & Gormley
2100 Bushnell, G. W
2742 Bunn, Jno. W
2658 Brennan, Thos
2774 Blakeslee, Helen
2106 Case, W. C
2700 Chicago Herald
1912 Crawford, C. P
2702 Coons, J. P
68 Chicago Directory Co
901 " "
2119 Cook, E. C. & Co
2103 Clark W. M
2728 Chicago & Northwestern By
662 Cunningham, M. B
397 Carl Young Transfer Co
461 " "
2099 Chicago Calcium Light Co
979 Carter, D. S
2527 Cook & Kathbun
1965 Devoe & Reynolds
2191 Dynes, J
2033 Drake, P. B
2071 Dernberg, Glick & Co
Oeneral Fund Continued.
To Whom Paid.
2188 Dennison Manufacturing Co.
1777 Ellison Flersheim & Co
1794 Foote, A. E
2102 Fay, O. H
2104 Ferris, J. A
1689 Fair, The
2138 Gillett, L. H
2096 Gilmore. C. O
1624 Goodyear Rubber Co
2031 Greer, Robt
2326 Gore, T. K
2109 Green, J. W
2680 Gurley, W. F. E
1792 Gilbert, F. F
2431 Geserich, H
2772 Gardner, C. P
2788 Hallfday <fc Kessberger
2397 Hemmick, Maud
1005 Herbst, A. J., & Co
1779 Hackett, W. H
2009 Heath & Million ,
2083 Higgins, Todd & Co
2654 Henry, Geo. B
37 Iliff, G. D
2118 Judd, L. S
2679 Jenkins, Wm
47 Johnson, J. S., Ford & Co. . . .
650 Johnson, J. H
2101 Jones Bros
2391 Johnston, W. J
2740 Jewell, O. H., Filter Co
1353 Kilbride, Thos
2093 Koch, C. B. E
2491 Kahl,Hugo ,
2779 Kirk, W. B
1855 Lansing Wheelbarrow Co.. ..
1973 Lloyd.E. S ,
1998 Lewis, W. H
2065 Lord, Owen & Co ,
2107 Lino, Paul B
General -Fund Continued.
To Whom Paid.
Loy, D. O.
Lindahl, Josua .
Muller, K. P
McClurg, A. C., & Co ...
Mitchell, H. E
McCoy, E. E
Paddock, D. H
Pitkin & Brooks
Portable Chair Co
Palmer, Fuller & Co
Pettibone, Wells & Co
Eevell, A. H. & Co