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PROGRESS OF THE PANAMA EXPOSITION

NOT INTERFERED WITH BY THE WAR. [Written ron tjik 'Star.'] Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, in the latter part of September, made formal announcement that no change had resulted in the plans of the PanamaPacific Exposition to open at San Francisco in 1915, and that no nation had altered its participation. Tho text of the official announcement, which was widely published in abbreviated form, is nowgiven in full, with a summary of the progress in the construction upon the Exposition, given under date of October 7. Mr Bryan's statement is as follows: There will be no postponement of the Panama-Pacific , International Exposition. It will open according to the original plan on February 20, 1915. The Government has received official notice from 37 foreign Governments of their intentions to participate in the Exposition, and no foreign nation has given notice of ite intentiou to withdraw on account of the war. In addition to the official acceptances, the Exposition received assurances from committees in four nations that the psoplo of those nations woiild participate. Among those committees were two formed in Great Britain and Germany. Neither of these nations had givn notice of governmental participation. The Governments of France and Italy have given notice that they will proceed with their plans for participation, notwithstanding the disturbed condition* in Europe. The European nations which have given -.lotiee of participation are Franco, Italy, Austria-Hungary, Portugal, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark. Greece, Norway, and Turkey, and Spain has recently advised this Government that it intends to participate. Twentynine Latin countries in. America, the Orient, and Australasia have given notico of intention of participation, and many of them arc at work on their buildings. Forty-six States of the Union have arranged for participation in the Exposition. Tho other States are at work en plans for taking part in the fair. One of the South American Governments hits increased the amount of its appropriation for the Exposition since the war began, and all of them are alive to the opportunity for extending their commerce with the United States through the utilisation of the Exposition. The Department of State has directed the diplomatic corps to advise all foreign Governments that the Exposition will not lie postponed.

San Francisco, October.—Tho ranamaPacific International Exposition now has 112 buildings either completed or under construction. As a whole, it k about 95 per cent complete, and it is showing weekly a record-breaking pTe-exposition attendance. For the week ended Sunday, October 4, 55,084 admissions were recorded. The main building of the Palace of Fine Arts, the great steel structure which will house the world's greatest art treasures, was completed on October 20. With the completion of the central detached dome of this structure within a few weeks the last of the 11 gioat exhibit palaces will be ready for the installation of exhibits.

ACTIVITY IN THE EXPOSITION ZONE.

The two main centres of building activities have swung to the two extremes of the grounds —the zone on the east and the States and foreign pavilions and live stock areas on th» vest. There are 25 State and 21 foreign buildings either completed or under way. Of the State buildings, those of Idaho, Wisconsin, North Dakota, New Jersey, and Oregon are virtually completed. Those more than 75 r.er cent, completed are West Virginia, Massachusetts Ohio. Illinois, Pennsylvania, and the Philippines. The bmiiings of California, lowa, Kansas, and N«w York are 60 per cent, completed, and those of Washington, Indiana, Utah, and Hawaii are more than half finished. Montana is almo-t ae far along. Nevada, Arkansas, and Man-land show from 5 lo 75 per cent, of construction work done. The State buildings are architecturally attractive. New York State alone voted 750,000d0l for its participation. PAVILIONS ARE COMPLETED.

Plans have been completed and preparations made for beginning the State buildings of Minnesota. Michigan, Mississippi, Georgie, Texas, Florida. Tennessee, Alabama, and New York City. Plans have been submitted to the department of works from Nebraska, Colorado, South Carolina, arid Oklahoma. Or the 40 foreign Governments participating, none of which hns withdrawn on account of the war, the pavilions of Canada and Honduras are completed. Those of Turkey and Bolivia ;:re more than half finished, and Sweden's pavilion is more than 65 per cent, completed. The Cuba, New Zealand, China, and Netherlands pavilions are one-third finished. The Argentine pavilion, which will cost more than 250,000d01, is 15 per • •cut. completed, while those of Japan, Ttaly, and Austria are nearly as far advance,!. Of the 150 /one stiuctures, 4 are

n operation and 30 others arc under con •tntetion.

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PROGRESS OF THE PANAMA EXPOSITION, Evening Star, Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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