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The Annex is a building no more than 27 metres wide and was built on the Conference Quay over a total length of 1168 metres. It is covered by a circular roof, made of glass and zinc, covered with canvas, and supported by 147 trusses, 8 metres apart. In the middle, that is to say opposite the Avenue d'Antin, is a large fountain, with metal flowers, of a very beautiful effect, which comes out of the workshops of M. Leclerc, of Paris; all the part included between this fountain and the Place de la Concorde is what we call the Products Section.
In its entire length this part of the Annexe has been increased by two side galleries, each 7m wide, which produces an additional surface area of 7840 square metres. Each of these galleries is reached by four staircases, which are shown on the general plan of the Annexe; the galleries themselves are supported on crosspieces, fixed from 8.M to 8m on the capitals of the cast-iron columns facing the interior of the Annexe, and on those of similar columns, set against the masonry. The railings, with crosspieces, are built in such a way as to form real longitudinal beams, which are involved throughout the height of the building. This very economical arrangement is entirely due to Mr. Trelat.

In order to preserve the view of the entire length of the Annexe, the passages have been arranged in the longitudinal direction, on the ground floor and in the galleries. In the centre, a 4m mass has been reserved for the largest and highest objects, then, on each side of this mass, passages and tables, alternately, each 2m wide.

The tables are generally separated into two equal parts by vertical partitions, parallel to the passages, and it follows from these figures that the one of them which could have prevented the light from penetrating under the galleries, protrudes 4m from the columns, so as to mitigate this inconvenience as much as possible.

By this arrangement, the total width of 27m is distributed in 6 passages of 2m each, and in 7 rows of tables, presenting on the passages 12 fronts.

In this way, we have obtained the largest sum of horizontal and vertical surfaces for the installation of the products. Frequent transverse interruptions make communication from one passage to another very easy.

In the upper galleries the layout is similar: a 4m table against the wall, a 2m passage, a 2m table with two fronts, and another passage of the same width, forming a balcony over the nave, represent the indicated width of 7m.

The total number of longitudinal passages amounts, according to this arrangement, to 10, namely: 6 on the ground floor and 4 on the galleries, so that, without counting the transverse communications, we find, in this part of the Exhibition, a total course in frontages of about 6 kilometres. We should not be surprised, therefore, at the large quantity of objects that it has been possible to bring together in this part of the Annex, devoted above all to natural products and the raw materials of the various industries. These products, not very brilliant by themselves, could only offer a somewhat striking spectacle by accumulating, so to speak, the riches they represent.
In order to group the objects as much as possible by nationality, with perfectly distinct limits, we have given each country an exact section, occupying the entire width of the Annexe, ground floor and gallery, ending its allocation by a straight line perpendicular to the axis of the building.
We will tell you separately what the lower part and the two galleries of this part of the Annexe contain.

On the ground floor, England has brought together, from pillar 4 to pillar 9, her foodstuffs, her metallurgical products, her fuels, her chemicals and papers, her hides and saddlery: further on are all her agricultural machines; Canada comes next, from pillar 9 to pillar 43; this State, which comes out of Great Britain and whose exhibition is so complete, has nothing in the galleries. Various South American States, Uruguay, Paraguay, Costa-Rica, have placed their products, from 43 to 44, next to the United States cutlery and some of their natural products.

France used for its civil constructions and for the exhibition of the Ministry of the Navy, the space left free between piles 44 and 46.

The natural products of Spain, Portugal, Egypt, Turkey, Tunis, Greece, occupy, from 46 to 24, the northern part, while Tuscany, the Papal States and Sardinia have used in the same direction, and between the same limits, the southern part.

The precision instruments of Switzerland are grouped with the productions of its soil, furniture, paper and leather from 21 to 23; then the Netherlands with their great trophy of the productions of the East Indies, from 23 to 24. From 25 to 26 we find the agricultural implements and products of Sweden, Denmark and Norway, with the mineral wealth of these countries, so favoured in this respect. Swedish irons are the most highly valued of all.

The various states of the Zollwerein had received a common allocation, from 25 to 35, which was divided among them in the following manner: to the north the Hanseatic cities, Bavaria, the Two Hesses, Württemberg, and the Duchy of Brunswick, up to the 30 pile, while on the other side the corresponding space is occupied by the Duchy of Baden, Württemberg, Saxony, and Hannover. Stuttgart's famous scythes form a trophy in the axis of the building.

Prussia's vegetable products, leather, paper, and numerous mineralogical products, reign up to pile 35, with the exception of two spaces occupied by the city of Frankfurt, the duchy of Luxembourg and the duchy of Nassau. We find in Austria, from pile 35 to 44, products of the same nature with some pottery, its candles and chemical matches, and part of its hardware; but above all its wools and metals. From '41 to '44 Belgium brought together its oilcloth, leather, saddlery, paper, raw metals and heating appliances.

Then comes France, from 44 to 70, including the exhibition of our colonies and our African possession, which are enough to fill the last five bays. In describing the French exhibition, a little further on, we shall take care to indicate the replacement occupied by the various objects.

The South Gallery is occupied as follows:
4 à 5. English Guiana, Jamaica, Mauritius, Bahamas,
Malta, i.e. part of England's colonies.
5 à 42. Professor Wilson's magnificent agricultural collection.
42 à 46. Models of shutters, shop closures and other objects
other objects relating to the civil constructions of France.
46 à 4 9. Chemicals, hides and varnished leather, paper, tobacco and salt gems from Spain.
19 à 24. Agricultural products, leather and pottery from Tunis and Greece.
24 à 23. Work of institutions for the deaf and dumb in France. 23 à 25. Liquors, papers, candles, chemical products from the
25 à 28. Chemical products; Baden, Bavaria and Württemberg. 28 to 34. Chemicals and foodstuffs from Prussia: sugar, tobacco, etc.
Prussia: sugar, tobacco and eau de Cologne occupy a large place.
34 à 41. Similar products and papers from Austria, with some surgical apparatus.
44 à 44. Fats and resins from Belgium.
44 à 70. France and Algeria.
The products of the northern gallery are essentially different.
4 à 43. The other English colonies: Ceylon, Indian Archipelago, New South Wales, Victoria, Van Diemen, Cape of Good Hope, New Zealand; they are represented only by the products of their soil and objects of ordinary manufacture, the beautiful ornaments of India appearing in the main hall.
43 à 48. The other models relating to the civil constructions
of France, among which are the works of the journeymen carpenters.
18 à 21. Technological collection of useful minerals from Sardinia.
21 à 26. Fabrics from the East Indies with some natural productions, minerals, wood specimens, and small cars from Norway.
26 à 29. Baden, Saxony, Hesse: papers, carding and agricultural products. '
29 to 35. precision instruments and rubbers from Prussia.
35 à 41. Cutlery, hardware and precision instruments from Austria; signs and enamelled dials are of very good execution.
41 à 44. Whetstones, agricultural products and precision instruments from Belgium.
44 à 70. France: papers, physical and surgical instruments.
This part of the Exhibition would be sufficient in itself; it deserves to be studied with care: no document could better show the productive power of each people. Less brilliant than those of the main palace, these collections call for the attention of all serious visitors.

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