Our readers will find, on another page, an account of a meeting held in this city last week, by a number who were exhibitors at the World's Fair in London, in order to "give public expression to their dissatisfaction respecting the manner in which the financial affairs of the American Department were managed. It appears that N. Dodge, is now an applicant for a foreign office—a Consul abroad —and the President is to be informed of his conduct at the World's Fair, in order that the applicant may not be appointed to any such office as the one he is seeking. We musay that some other period should have been chosen by complaining exhibitors for expressing their dissatisfaction, as it looks like a political personal movement,and some may say," if Mr. Dodge had not applied for such an office no such meeting would have been called." Itis right that the public should be informed respecting the manner in which our American exhibitors were treated by their own countrymen, who were appointed to watch over their interests. We do not endorse nor contradict a statement made in the Report of said meeting, because we have not received any information on, the subject from those represented at the meeting. The accounts have been published in our daily papers, and if, there are any statements not founded on fact, which militate against Messrs. Riddle and Dodge, they should be as publicly contradicted as they have been proclaimed. We know of no conduct so reprehensible as that of any person appointed by his government to look after -tke iaterests.of his_cQUti-yKieri in a strange land, but who, instead of so doing, levies subsidies on them, and treats them in a heartless manner. Above all things we expect that one American shall be true to another when far from their native land. There is only one case which we shall mention, as personally known to us, respecting the great amount which an American exhibitor had to pay at the World's Fair, to his American Commissioner. A gentleman with whom we are acquainted paid all the expenses of the articles he exhibited—having carried them to the Crystal Palace himself, and did not occupy more space than the half of a square yard, yet was charged and paid $37 ; his articles cost the American Commissioner no expense nor trouble whatever. Our leaders will remember that while we commended the Great Exhibition prospective-ly, we were cautious to advise those only whc had an abundance of means to go there as exhibitors. We believe it was Mr. Riddle who projected the New York Crystal Palace, but at present we have been informed he is in no way connected with it. We hope that the Committee appointed by the meeting referred to, - will collect all the facts necessary, and publish them in a pamphlet, with vouchers for i every charge made and every bill paid.
This article was originally published with the title "The World's Fair in London" in Scientific American 8, 32, 253 (April 1853)