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Description: Many Obstacles Encountered - World's FairDate: August 15 1890
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 7
MANY OBSTACLES ENCOUNTERED
By the World’s Fair Directory in Securing a Site
CHICAGO, Aug. 14—At Tuesday night’s meeting of the world’s fair directors Col. R. C. Clowry, vice president and general superintendent of the Western Union Telegraph company, and William J. Chalmers, a member of an iron founding firm, were chosen directors to fill vacancies caused by the resignations of Directors John R. Walsh and John Colvin.
It transpired that the report of Landscape Engineer Olmstead, which threw doubts upon the availability of Jackson Park as a site for the fair, was not the only blow which the site question received last night, but that new and grave questions regarding the availability of the lake front were also brought up.
The News says on this subject:
“The committee on buildings and grounds reported that the Illinois Central company had refused to enter into any agreement to reimburse the directors for money expended in making ground on the lake front in the event that the pending litigation should be decided in the company’s favor. The action of the company is not final, however, and the committee was instructed to continue its negotiations. Some of the directors regard the company’s refusal as an attempt to force a compromise and settlement of the litigation.
“Furthermore, according to accounts printed this morning, it is not at all certain that Secretary Proctor will permit the filling in of the lake front out of the government breakwater, as it is proposed, as it would destroy the only harbor of refuge between Waukegan and South Chicago, and would necessitate the expenditure of additional large sums by the government for the construction of another harbor on the lake front at a less desirable and less accessible point.”