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Civil War Harper's Weekly, April 9, 1864

Welcome to our archive of Harper's Weekly newspapers. Harper's Weekly was the most read newspaper during the Civil War, and served as the primary source of news for people during the War. The paper was read by millions of Americans, and today serves as a primary source for research into the war.

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Sanitary Commission

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Runaway Slaves



VOL. VIII.—No. 380.]



Entered according to Act of Congress, in the Year 1864, by Harper & Brothers, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.


WE give on this page views of the buildings on Fourteenth Street, and on page 228 those on Union Square, which have been erected and adapted for the uses of the Metropolitan Fair. The buildings on Fourteenth Street are appropriated to the exhibition and sale of the many varieties of goods contributed—the main building of the group, that with a cupola, forming a great bazaar, with departments adjoining for the exhibition of pictures, for restaurant purposes, etc. The Book Department is in this building. These are the main buildings of the

Fair, and to the majority of visitors will form the principal point of interest. The building erected over the sidewalk, and extending beyond it into the street, is occupied in part by the Indian Wigwam of Mr. BIERSTADT, the artist, in which Indian dresses and curiosities are exhibited; and during the Fair a band of the " Red Men" will perform some of their dances, and give other illustrations of Indian life. Another part of this building will be occupied by the Ordnance Department, which will give to our peaceful citizens a glimpse of the field and garrison appointments with which our brave defenders have lately become as familiar as they were aforetime with the plow and plane, or

any other implement of industry. The Firemen's display in these buildings is creditable at once to the generosity and taste of this important branch of the public service. The building on Union Square is appropriated, among other things, to a Children's Department, which will be remembered as one of the pleasantest features of the Fair. In this department daily entertainments will be furnished, during the Fair, by some thousands of children. There are ten booths, one containing a miniature skating-pond; another embracing contributions from the public schools ; a third gifts from benevolent societies, etc. Another feature of the Union Square buildings is the Knickerbocker

 Kitchen, in which New York, as it was long years ago, is reproduced for the gratification of the Young New York of today. Here, too, as the Fair goes on, our friends from the country, whose ancestors used to make pilgrimages to New York once a year, half a century or so ago, will be able to see illustrated precisely the manners, customs, and life which their fathers looked upon, and can thus determine, from personal examination, in how far the new life is an improvement upon the old. Probably, however, some may conclude that the old life was better, more practical and full of soul, than the new, in whose responsibilities we all are sharing.


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