||IT BEGAN AT A MEMORABLE TIME by the 10th of the month following billing. A man whose name is indelibly impressed on journalism education achieved a significant position in 1893. He was Walter Williams, elected President of National Editorial Association that year at age 29. Fifteen years later he was the driving force behind the establishment of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism, first in the nation. Asked years afterward how successful the school had been, Williams smilingly produced a letter from an Illinois editor which read: "Please send me a reporter who has been graduated from your school. I married the last one you sent me, and I know you turn out good material. This time you had better send a man." In Chicago, Marshall Field & Company opened the doors of a massive department store which covered an entire city block and employed 3,000. Not far away in the "windy city" the World's Columbian Exposition was unveiled. The most talked-about and heart-stopping ride at this world's fair was a huge vertical steel device, 250 feet in height, called the "Pleasure Wheel." Sixty people could occupy each of the 36 passenger cabs which were suspended on the outer rim - 2,160 thrill-seekers could ride at once. Today's modified "open air" versions seen at amusement parks and carnivals are known by the name of the inventor, Gale Ferris, a 34-year old engineer from Galesburg. Actually, his full name was even longer -- George Washington Gale Ferris. Utah Territory appropriated $50,000 to equip its display at the exposition located not far from Lake Michigan. Near it, tents of William F. (Buffalo Bill) Cody's internationally-known Wild West Show were erected. There, huge audiences thrilled to real-life Indians, soldiers and cowboys re-living the bitter conflict when settlers began taking over the plains. Said the Chicago Evening Post, "It is only a show, but it is a show of the truth as it was." A young would-be sculptor named James Earl Fraser came away from these parallel events impressed by the public's belief in the sad, but inevitable, extinction of the Indian.