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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
304                   CHURCH REVIEW.

of the flour-mills, all combine to make a symphony, whose deep
diapason has not been equalled since "the mormng stars sang,
together and the sons of God shouted for joy."
  she exposition, in all its details, far excess any previous effort.
Such a protusion of artistic fancy, such individual aptitude,
and such a mastery in the art of organization has never betore
been undertaken  In brightness, gayety and varied interests,
nothing like it has ever been seen on tue earth. I have great
hopes of the exposition to be held in this country in 1892. We
may duplicate Machinery Hall, and erect all Eiffel Tower higher
than the one in Paris. In grain and the products of the farm,
we may excel, but we can hardly hope to cope with this great
show in the higher departments of human genius--painting,
sculpture, carving, bronzes and in the general field to the fine
arts, which are here displayed in such prodigal profusion.
  A novel feature of the exposition is a street illustrating the
evolution of human habitation, from the cave of the prehistoric
man to the residence of modern times. Beginning  with the
cave, another group live in the shelter of great boulders; then
the lake-dwellers live in huts made of birch logs and reeds,
erected on a platform which rests on piles driven in the lake,
like those discovered in lake Zunich. Jumping  over man
thousands of years, you come to a palace of ancient Egypt,
which lands us in the early bible times, and among houses repre-
senting Assyrian and Phoenecian architecture. Next door, the
Hebrews have a solid flat-roofed building, having only one win-
dow and a traingular door. The house of the Etruscans, rest-
ing on tree columns, furnishes one part of the evolution of hu-
man habitation.  The next series belongs to civilizations which
arose from the western march of the Aryan race, embodying
an epoch from four hundred to fifteen hundred years B.C. Per-
sia comes next. The ancient Germans and Gauls, with their
small huts resting on pillars. The Greeks and Romans were
architects. The Huns, as a nomadic race, carried their houses
about on wheels. Then you come to a group of buildings repre-
senting the spread of Roman civilization in Western Europe,
in the time of Charlemagne; a solid stone-built house, with red-
tiled roof. Leaving Charlemagne, you come to the Renais-
'sane  Three houses represent Mussmelan influences in house
building, Arab and Turkish, and one which belongs to the
Soudan.  The dwellings of the Esquimaux and the Laplanders
form the next group; the former are conical-shaped structures,
resting on piles, and the Laplanders have small huts, thatched
with  straw. Appropriate trees and flowers surround  the
houses. The tea-plant and azalea grow in the Chinese gar-
dens; the myrtle, the orange and citron surround the residences
of the Romans; the laurel crowns the Grecian edifices; and the
cedars of Lebanon are planted near the habitation of the
Hebrews.  Another unique: and interesting feature of the ex-
position is the street in Cairo. Here may be seen a realistic
scene of Egyptian life, conveyed from the banks of the Nile to


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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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