Full text: The story of Columbus and the World's Columbian Exposition

glittering with gold. Then live parrots, and birds of unknown 
Species, stuffed, rare plants, Indian crowns, bracelets, and showy 
ornaments, were displayed conspicuously, as trophies of the 
vaunted wealth of the new regions. Columbus, mounted, and 
Surrounded by a brilliant cavalcade of the Spanish chivalry, came 
next. The streets were almost impossible of progress, So large | 
was the crowd. Windows, balconies, doors, and roofs were 
filled with spectators, whose joy was made solemn by the 
feeling that this glorious pageant was a reward from Heaven 
for the piety and liberality of the sovereigns. The majestic — 
and venerable appearance of the admiral suited admirably the 
grandeur of his achievement. , 
The sovereigns had ordered their throne placed in a large 
hall in the palace “Casa de la Deputacion,” where the kings of 
Arragon dwelt when in Barcelona. A canopy of gold brocade 
was extended over them, and they were attended by the most — 
distinguished of the nobility of Castile, Valencia, Catalonia and 
Arragon, all impatient to behold Columbus. Here they awaited © A 
his coming. As he entered the hall the king and queen rose to 
their feet, as if they were about to receive a person of great ee. : 
rank. He fell upon his knees to kiss their hands, but they bade 
him rise and sit in their presence, a rare privilege 1 ina court : SO. 
at proud as that of Spain. 
They | listened with breathless attention to his toate story, 
as he spoke with great simplicity and force, painting the beauties ae 
: of the lands he me ia exhibiting the treasures: he had ey. 
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