Elsie Dinsmore, now a loving, matronly grandmother, accompanies family and friends on an extended yachting excursion from their southern plantation homes to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Arriving in the harbor of Chicago on July 2, they are in time to witness the great Independence Day celebration, which serves as a fitting start to a summer of fun and adventure in the White City.
he added, "I think there is nothing you will enjoy more than the sight of the electric lights which you will get presently in the Peristyle and the Court of Honor."
"Oh, I am very eager to see it all, papa!" she exclaimed.
"As we all are," said Lulu.
"Well, my dears, I think we can all go there at once and spend an hour or two; all but the little ones, who can be left in the care of their nurse." He turned enquiringly toward his wife and her mother as he spoke.
"Oh, yes," said Violet; "they will not be likely to wake, and Agnes will take good care of them."
"I think we are all probably ready to accept your invitation with pleasure, captain," Elsie said. "Surely none of us are fatigued--unless with lack of exercise."
"No, surely not," remarked Mr. Dinsmore, "and I, as well as Grace, am eager to see the beauties of that much talked of Court of Honor."
"I think we will find some other objects worthy of our attention before we reach even the Peristyle," remarked Captain Raymond.