INDIAN DAY. August 4, 1898. Inaugurating the Features of the Great Indian Congress. Early in the history of the Exposition it was proposed by President Wattles that an Indian Congress of the principal tribes of North American Indians should be one of the distinctive features of the exposition. That as all of the Transmississippi territory had, but a comparatively few years past, been occupied by these Indian tribes, and that as they were fast disappearing and their modes of life and customs were gradually changing with the onward march of civilization, it would perhaps be the last time that the primitive life of these tribes could ever be successfully illustrated. As many eastern people had never seen Indians in their semi-savage state, it was argued that this Indian Congress would be a great drawing feature that would bring many eastern people to visit the Exposition. A bill was introduced in Congress authorizing the assemblage of these Indian tribes and providing an appropriation of $40,000 to defray the expenses. Much delay was experienced in the passage of this measure and finally Manager Rosewater was prevailed upon to go to Washington and lend his efforts to those of Congressman Mercer and Senators Allen and Thurston in securing the desired legislation. When the bill was finally passed it was too late to assemble the Indians for the opening of the exposition and before the encampment was complete on the exposition grounds the first of August had passed. On the day set for the grand parade of Indian tribes which should mark the opening of the Indian Congress, there was encamped on the north tract of the exposition grounds a goodly number of the following tribes: Chippewas, Rosebud, Lower Brule, Cheyennes, Sisertons, Flandreau, Standing Rock, Crow, Creek, Sioux, Sacs, Foxes, Assiniboines, Omahas, Winnebagos, Blackfeet, Arapahoes, Jicarilla, Apaches, Nez Perces, Comanches, Wichitas, Bannocks, Pueblos, Osages, Iroquois and Poncas. The Indians were in charge of Captain Mercer. The morning was spent in arranging their camps and in raising the flag, which was accompanied with much ceremony and wild cheering. In the afternoon the parade was formed and marched through the Midway over the North Viaduct and down the Bluff Tract to the Horticultural Building, countermarching back to the Grand Plaza. Several bands formed a part of the parade and the Indians were dressed in the fantastic manner indigenous to their respective tribes. After the parade and a short rest, the afternoon was spent in weird dances, horse racing and other Indian amusements. The day was a great success in point of attendance and from this, the opening day of the Indian Congress, until the close of the exposition, the Indians proved a great attraction.