The Pan-American Exposition and Its Directors
As so much has been already said
on the Pan-American Exhibition, we prefer to condense our remarks
principally upon the directors and those who have the particular
care, burdens, and responsibilities of the management of the Exposition,
which is to open May 1st, and remain open until November 1st, as
these matters bear more particularly upon the subject-matter of
our J than the general details.
President Milburn possesses the personal
appearance of a man well capable of taking so leading a position
as that one now given to him. He has a fine combination of the vital
and mental temperaments, which indicate that he has a fine constitution
and an active brain, and is a man of keen judgment and large and
comprehensive perceptions. He certainly is adapted to comprehensive
work, and as the notable chief executive of the Pan-American Exhibition
his head indicates that he is fully capable of carrying out all
the responsible duties that may rest upon him. We are not surprised
to find that he is a prominent member of the New York Bar, and has
a national reputation as a graceful, easy, and forceful speaker.
He is certainly intellectually as well as physically fitted to preside
at a great exposition, being of commanding figure and dignified
and gracious bearing. He has many of the attributes of New England
stock, and was, we believe, born in Sunderland, England, about forty-nine
years ago. He came to this country at the age of eighteen, and studied
law at Batavia, N. Y., being admitted to the bar in 1847. He is
now a member  of the firm of
Rogers, Locke, and Milburn, of Buffalo.
The Hon. William I. Buchanan, of Sioux
City, Ia., who is the Director-General of the Pan-American Exhibition,
is a man of sterling ability. He possesses a motive mental temperament,
which gives him an organization for action as well as thought. Some
men can direct work in their own offices without going upon the
scenes or taking a practical part in the work they are directing;
such men have generally more of the vital-mental temperament, and
while they know what is going on, yet they do not give their personal
supervision to the work. Mr. Buchanan is a man who could direct
from a distance, yet he would not be content to simply give orders
without seeing that they were carried out; it is on this account
that we think that the Buffalo Pan-American Exhibition may be congratulated
on the selection of two such able men as President Milburn and Director-General
Buchanan, for the superintendency of such an important work.
We recognize in Mr. Buchanan his breadth
of head, above and around the ears, along the parietal eminence,
which gives him tact, discretion, and power to wield an immense
influence over others. He is not a wordy man, and knows exactly
how to express an opinion without giving a fulsome explanation.
He is capable of settling matters in a judicious way, for he has
diplomatic power, and his experience during his service in the Argentine
Republic and Chili has doubtless been of great assistance to him.
He is an able arbitrator, and we judge that he would always be fair,
judicial, and tactful when any considerations were brought forward
that required special settlement. With his invaluable individual
experience at the World’s Columbian Exposition, as director of the
Department of Agriculture, his rare executive force, and his thorough
knowledge of the conditions, customs, and characteristics of the
people of South America, and his knowledge of Latin America, Mr.
Buchanan has come to the Pan-American Exhibition particularly well
equipped for the successful direction of its affairs.