The Dream City, Paul V. Galvin 
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  THE COLUMBIAN GUARD - Our picture shows very truthfully the details, and very nearly the color, of the uniform worn by that small army of men which faithfully guarded the three hundred millions of goods in Jackson Park during 1893. The number of these soldiers at one time reached two thousand five hundred, and during that period the smallest clerk had sentries at his door, to ask for a card, or invite the caller to one of those feats of patience that made the Fair a nightmare to business men whose engagements called them thither. It was held in 1891, whether wisely or not, that the city police would be inadequate to the extraordinary situation, and, to fill the ranks of the new organization, college students and militia men were sought or favored. The result, as attained in May, 1893, was one highly satisfactory to property owners and at first as highly unsatisfactory to the mere visiting public, which looked on the military aspect of the park with almost universal prejudice. The Columbian Guard was commanded by Col. Edmund Rice, of the United States Army, under orders from architect Burnham, the Director of Works, and practical executive of the local directors and trustees, as contradistinguished from the titular National Commission. In great crowds, the Columbian Guards, through lack of the city policemen's bulk and experience, were of no avail, yet as the summer wore on, and the good nature of the American people triumphed, even the young martinets became genial, and at last popular.
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