For the Children

Buffalo Courier July 9, 1901

Routes They May Best Follow at the Exposition

Choice is Unlimited

Many Things Interest Them, But Here Are Prime Favorites

The children have their favorite parts of the exposition just as much as bigger folk have. Many a mother and many a nurse, however, is perplexed to know where to take the little ones so they will have the most fun and see the things that best please them. There are numerous routes, each occupying a day and each full of amusement and pleasure that will delight the tots.

The favorite road of the children thus far is along the Midway. There are four places where they delight to go and where they spend hours, so that it is literally a full day's task to take them. They enter at the Elmwood gate about 10 o'clock in the morning. They go direct to Bostock's. There the wild animals are rearing, the monkeys are chattering. The big elephants and the baby elephants are waiting to give the children a ride around the big menagerie. There are loads and loads of little folk who ride around and around, laughing delightedly. Thence the children go to the Indian Congress, where the chiefs and squaws and papooses give them welcome and where Mr. Cummins and Doc Waddell always have special amusements for them. From the Indians, the route is up the Midway to the Scenic Railway. In the mid-afternoon it is no uncommon sight to see car after car go rushing around full of shouting, delighted children. It is a lot of fun for them. Then comes the Filipino Village, with the quaint Filipino children. The last, and one of the most enjoyable features of this route, is a donkey ride in the Streets of Mexico. There are demure, drowsy little burros there, each guided by a peon or Mexican Indian, who is careful and trustworthy. The children mount the burros and ride to and fro with the Indian guides beside them. It is late in the afternoon when this busy day for the little ones is over.

A popular route for a hot day is to enter the Lincoln Parkway entrance or the Elmwood gate and go first to see the soldiers in the military camps. They always are glad to see the children and they treat them well and tell them fine stories. It seems strange, but the Regular Army man never is so kind, so gentle, so courteous as when he has little children around him. There is no danger from cartridges or guns. After seeing the soldiers the children will be apt to go into the shade to the slope of the margin of the Park Lake and watch the swans and ducks and geese as they float serenely on the water. Along comes a launch and that is the opportunity for which the children have been waiting. They rejoice more over a ride in one of the comfortable launches than over almost anything else. There is no danger of capsizing or of their falling overboard. Mr. Chadduck's attendants are specially careful and any afternoon visitors may see launches loaded with children steaming to and fro over the North Bay and Gala Water. After the boat ride comes the life-saving drill at 2:30 in the afternoon. The children all enjoy it. They sit on the shore in the shade and watch the crew go out and upset the boat and rescue the woman and men and shoot a lifeline over a mast. It is 4 o'clock by the time all that is over and the children are away from the lake. The best way home is past the rose gardens and out the Elmwood gate.

Another much-traveled route is known as the Government route. The Elmwood entrance is used. The road lies direct to the Fishery building, where the fish sport in the glass tanks, where the seal and the sturgeon play in the big center tub and where there are dozens of sights to tickle the fancy and please the imagination of the children. They revel in this. After they have seen it all they go into the main Government building. They see in it the various ways in which naughty schoolboys are punished. They see the postoffice exhibit with its many types of letter-carriers. They see the battleships and then they see the animals, beasts and birds and fish, all stuffed and looking alive and real. They see the figures of Indians and ancient tribesmen. They hear the biograph and see the sewing and the work of school children in the West. There is enough to keep them busy until closing time, for the big building closes at sunset. It is one of the most instructive of all the routes frequented by children. 

If additional sights are desired on this trip the best attractions that are near at hand may be found in the aisles of the Manufacturers and Liberal Arts building, particularly the sections devoted to school and industrial exhibits, including much of the work of children. Also, there are many pictures in those sections. The art gallery is a spot visited by far more children than many suppose. Moreover, it will surprise the average visitor to note the interest and quick appreciation manifest by the little ones as they gaze at the pictures. They have a vivid, instant sympathy with the little ones in many of the beautiful child pictures. Also they favor animal and outdoor paintings and pictures of motherly women. If one would get a new view of art let him go through the gallery with a child. It understands in its own beautiful, childish way, full of innocence and simplicity. 

Some children fancy the route which includes the 55 cows in the Model Dairy Barn, the big guns, the Filipino exhibit in the Government Agriculture building and the fruit and flowers and foliage in the Horticultural Building. The patio of the beautiful Mission building also delights them. They love the fountain of the boy and geese. 

There are many more routes the little ones follow. The foregoing are the favorites. Add to any one of them a ride in a jinriksha and the cup of a tot's happiness is full to overflowing.

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