B U R E A U O F A W A R D S. James M. Woolworth, Omaha, Chairman. John E. Utt, Omaha, Assistant Chairman. E. E. Bruce, Omaha, Mgr. Dept. of Exhibits. In the organization of the Bureau of Awards it was planned to give the widest latitude to exhibitors in the selection of the jury, and in the matter of adjudication to proceed with the utmost fairness and impartiality. The Committee on Awards was composed of J. M. Woolworth, Chairman, John E. Utt, Esq. Assistant Chairman and E. E. Bruce, manager of the Exhibits Department. A circular was prepared and sent to all the exhibitors with the request that each should name some man as a juror, who was not only competent but whose decisions would carry weight and credence; these jurors to prepare their findings and deliver same to the Committee on Awards for final action. From the names so suggested the following jurors were selected. Bell, James, Omaha, Neb. Blanton, T.P. Moscow, Idaho. Bruner, T.K. Raleigh, N.C. Benjamin, Marcus, Washington, D.C. Beardshear, PRof. William, Ames, Ia. Baumhoff, George W. St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. M. Benjamin, Washington, D.C. Clarke, F. W. U.S. Gov't. Building. Cox, Mrs. W. V. U.S. Gov't. Building. J. F. Crawford Courtney, C. R. Omaha, Neb. Carter, Henry, Kansas City, Mo. Cole, Emerson, Minneapolis, Minn. Cooley, J. E. Duluth, Minn. Dosch, Henry E. Portland, Ore. Dodge, Charles R. Washington, D.C. Egbert, Frank L. Omaha, Neb. Francis, D. R. St. Louis, Mo. Furnas, Robt. W., Brownville,Neb. Fisher, C. G. Omaha, Neb. Gilmore, Dr. Robert, Omaha, Neb. Guenther, Arthur, Chicago, Ill. Guthrie, W. W. Atchinson, Kansas. Greusel, E. S. Havelock, Neb. Giesseman, W. F. Des Moines, Ia. Griffith, A. H. Detroit, Mich. Hyde, John, Washington, D.C. Holmes, J. A. Chapel Hill, N.C. Hackner, E. Lacrosse, Wis. Junker, A. Lakeview, Chicago, Ill. King, J. J. West Point, Neb. Kelley, T. J. Omaha, Neb. Lovett, Israel, Council Bluffs, Ia. Logan, Lt. S. J. U.S. Gov't. Building. Long, Prof. John H., Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill. Lumbard, Jules, Omaha, Neb. Magarrell, T. Z. Canada. Mack, W. S. Chicago, Ill. Miller, R. H., Nebraska City, Nebr. Nicholson, J. R. Omaha, Neb. Plumb, S. C. Lafayette, Ind. Potter, Warren, Aitken, Minn. Page, Walter T., Omaha, Neb. Riley, Ed, Omaha, Nebr. Simpson, I. N., Chicago, Ill. Steadman, Lt. Commander E. M. U.S. Government Building. Schmidt, H. Council Bluffs, Ia. Schurig, Edward F., Omaha, Neb. Sommer, O. Omaha, Neb. Swope, Meier, St. Louis, Ill. Sparks, Prof. E. E. Chicago University, Chicago, Ill. Sterrett, J. A. Troy, Ohio. Thompson, D. E., Lincoln, Nebraska. Tipton, T. C. Washington, D.C. Van Clave, J. W. St. Louis, Mo. Van Dieman, H. E. Virginia. Wallway, Fred W. Omaha, Neb. Wernher, A., U.S.A. Subsistence Department, Omaha. Ward, H. C. U.S. Gov't. Building. Watkins, J. E., Washington, D.C. Watson, T. J., Toledo, Ohio. Harry West, Des Moines, Ia. Watkins, Mrs. J. E. Washington, D.C. Ward, Mrs. H. C. Ward, Washington, D.C. Wiggins, Mrs. Frank, Los Angeles, Cal. Whitaker, S. T. Ogden, Utah. Et. al. The above jurors were divided into juries of three and given different groupings to pass upon. The following rules for the government of the jury work, were approved after carefully taking into full consideration the plans for such work adopted and put in practice at other expositions. Many of the features formerly used were either entirely eliminated or modified to met the exigencies of the present situation, and every precaution was taken to guard against the possibility of fraudulent action on the part of any one, one part of the system checking against the other. The jury worked diligently and faithfully and did their work in a thorough and efficient manner, earning for themselves, as a body the reputation of being one of the ablest juries ever called together at an Exposition. Out of Five thousand one hundred and nineteen separate exhibits, only thirty appeals were made from the jury findings. This is an unprecedented record in jury work, and the ladies and gentlemen who served at the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition as jurors, have every reason to feel a sense of satisfaction at the reception their recommendations met at the hands of the exhibitors. From the recommendations of the jury there were awarded medals and diplomas as follows: Highest Gold Silver Bronze Honorable Award. Medal Medal Medal Mention. Manufactures....... 17 501 296 155 120 Mines and Mining... 0 38 58 77 44 Agriculture........ 1 51 32 71 73 Horticulture....... 2 63 86 136 72 Apiary............. 0 2 41 24 12 Dairy.............. 0 6 32 96 0 Commemorative Medals and Diplomas,..........464, Total Medals and Diplomas awarded,.........2580. JUDGING REGULATIONS. 1. No exhibit will be allowed to compete for awards which has not been placed on exhibition on or before the first of June, 1898, unless the exhibitor is able to prove to the satisfaction of the Committee on Awards, endorsed by the Department of Exhibits, that the delay in its arrival has been caused by good reasons. Perishable articles are alone exempted from this ruling. 2. The classification of articles for competition shall follow the schedule as published in the official catalogue, but the Committee on Awards shall have the power to promulgate or subdivide classes if the necessity should arise. 3. One of the jurors in each section shall be elected by the exhibitors and one by the Exposition authorities. The third juror shall be appointed by the two already elected in conjunction with the Committee on Awards. No person shall be eligible for appointment as a juror in any section in which he exhibits or is interested, unless he withdraws from competition. 4. Exhibitors will be invited to nominate eligible persons to serve as jurors in their separate group. Where there is a majority of votes in favor of one person, he shall be considered duly elected. When an equal number of votes has been given for two or more persons, the committee shall appoint the one they deem best qualified. Where no nominations are received, the Committee on Awards shall themselves make all appointments. 5. Each juror shall receive a pass that will admit him to the Exposition Grounds during the judging of the section he is appointed for. Further railroad transportation and hotel expenses will be furnished. THe appointment is to be an honorary one. 6. In the event of the non attendance of any juror at two meetings in succession, or any juror declining to act, the Committee on Awards shall on the requisition of a majority of the remaining jurors, or of not less than five exhibitors in the section being judged, appoint a substitute. 7. Notice of the time of meeting of the several jurors shall be given by the Superintendent at least twenty-four hours in advance. Every exhibitor may be invited to attend meetings of the juries in their own sections for the purpose of giving information as to their exhibits if deemed necessary by the jurors. If they fail to attend, they must bear the consequences of any want of explanation to the jurors regarding any article. The jurors in each section shall deposit under their signature their recommendation of the award in an envelope which is to be sealed by the superintendent. These recommendations of the jurors will be adjudicated by the Committee on Awards, and every exhibitor notified of the result. 8. Jurors may, if they consider it necessary, subdivide classes into subdivisions and recommend awards on each of the subdivisions so created. 9. Collective exhibits shall as a rule, be judged as one exhibit. Should, however, an exhibitor so desire and supply the Committee on Awards with due notice and necessary information, the exhibit shall be divided and parts judged separately; but no exhibit, to any part or parts of which an award of merit may be recommended, shall be eligible for an award as a collective exhibit. 10. Reports and awards shall be based upon inherent and comparative merit, the elements of merit being held to include considerations relating to the originality, invention, discovery, utility, quality, skill, workmanship, fitness for the purposes intended, adaptation to public wants, economy and cost. Exhibitors shall be at liberty to supply, on official forms, jurors with a statement in writing, of the merits which they claim for the articles exhibited by them. 11. An exhibitor may appeal against any award made in his section, such appeal to be lodged with the superintendent within forty-eight hours after the publication of the award on the award board at the Main office of the Committee on Awards, Manufactures Building Gallery, and such appeal is to be accompanied by the sum of $10.00. These payments shall form a special fund for the remunerating of experts called in to give evidence to the Committee on Awards. 12. A decision of the Committee on Awards on any question connected with awards shall be considered final. 13. If any question shall arise as to the interpretation of any of these regulations, the decision of such question shall rest solely with the Committee on Awards. The Committee on Awards shall have power to amend and add to these regulations should the necessity arise. J. M. WOOLWORTH, Chairman of Juries APPROVED: GURDON W. WATTLES, President.