Pan-American Notes [excerpt]
T dedication until
May 20th. The ceremonies were brilliant and highly interesting.
There were parades, followed by dedicatory ceremonies at the exposition
grounds; scientific kite flying, in which great flags, streamers
and emblems were sent aloft and floated in mid-air without apparent
support, music by combined military bands, ariel [sic] bomb
explosions setting free Pan-American souvenirs and flags, and speech
making and singing at the Temple of Music.
Pan-American Exposition was formally
thrown open to the public on May 1st. Its incomplete condition delayed
The newspapers have been full of Pan-American
news and descriptions, but the most important part of the exposition
has not been exploited to any great extent. The medical department
has kept in the back ground, preferring to do its work without any
midway hurrah or tom-tom beating. The medical director, Dr. Roswell
Park, has organised a most perfect hospital service, a handsome
building has been erected and occupied and fully equipped. There
are five doctors on duty, assisted by six nurses. Emergency cases
are taken to the hospital in an automobile ambulance, and after
receiving first aid are transferred to one of the city hospitals,
the cases being divided among the various institutions. The deputy
medical director, Dr. Vertner Kenerson, has charge of the hospital
work, and Dr. Nelson W. Wilson is sanitary officer of the exposition.
 How well the health of the
big fair is safe-guarded may be realised when it is known that during
the first days of the exposition Drs. Wilson and Kenerson, under
Dr. Park’s direction, handled a small epidemic of measles and stamped
out the disease without creating a panic. Few people knew that a
portion of the midway was under quarantine rule for two weeks.