The construction of the pavilion which was to contain everything connected with the feeding, care, maintenance and education of the child, from its birth to the beginning of its education at school, is now complete, and the installation of the objects which are to be included in it is already being undertaken.
Everyone is trying to equip this pavilion in such a way as to make it rich, interesting and instructive. The impatience with which women, in particular, await the opening of this new kind of exhibition, is therefore perfectly justified by the prospect of seeing there things most worthy of attention.
All the care and tenderness which is usually applied to childhood will be found, one may be sure, in the complete arrangement of this pavilion.
The building, situated on the right, in front of the courtyard pavilion, is airy, light and spacious; the rooms and halls are very high, and receive light both from above and from the side. The middle of the pavilion consists of a large hall; at its two ends are added two smaller rooms. From the middle of the hall, one enters a wing containing three other rooms. The large room is used for the display of all objects related to the life and occupations of the child; the smaller rooms are devoted to more special exhibitions.
The pavilion has not yet been arranged in all its parts, but in sum it already gives an idea of what will be seen in detail later on.
The general management has entrusted Dr. Jules Hirsch, well known for his love of children and a distinguished writer, with the organisation of this exhibition, and this is an excellent guarantee that the programme will be faithfully executed. The layout has been entrusted to Mr. Weber, the architect who built the pavilion.
The centre of the large hall is occupied by a large Christmas tree, decorated and furnished in such a way as to delight a host of little people and to offer everyone something pleasant and useful. On the walls of the room are tables, on which are arranged articles of lingerie and children's clothing for all ages and all countries, according to their respective uses. The variety of these objects makes for a most attractive and instructive display.
Finally, this group is joined by an exhibition of children's furniture, with cradles and chairs of various shapes, as well as small carriages for walking these charming creatures.
Let us not forget that the Christmas tree is surrounded by tables full of toys and all those thousand things that occupy the good men of this age.
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