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delegates to the Constitutional Convention sat. Travelers' diaries in Britain and courtiers' memoirs in France yielded clues. An early day sketch proved helpful, but restorers did not accept it until a manuscript specialist had examined the paper on which it was drawn and handwriting experts of the Federal Bu reau of Investigation had authenticated it as the work of a Philadelphia merchant. No de tail went unchecked that would shed light on how the room looked. Even this detective work tells only part of the story. The building itself yielded unques tionable evidence. Marks on floor joists where dirt had seeped down through cracks showed how wide original floorboards had been. Traces left on bared brick, where woodwork had been primed before the walls were plas tered, revealed lines of original decorative trim. Paint painstakingly peeled off layer by layer-50 coats, an eighth of an inch thick in places-uncovered color schemes going back to the building's beginning. The one on the woodwork in Revolutionary days has been matched in Park Service paintshops. Similar research went into restoration of the nearby building where Congress met when Philadelphia was the Federal Capital. Walls, desks, and rostrums of Congress Hall faithfully reflect the surroundings that saw Washington and John Adams inaugurated, and Jefferson presiding in the Senate Cham ber upstairs (page 45). For the carpet, old sketches suggested the pattern and colors. And park researchers tracked down old machinery and located a manufacturer who could reproduce enough of the floor covering for the restored Repre sentatives Chamber. With the manufacturer's help, they found an 80-year-old weaver who had worked on similar "ingrain" carpeting. Before Mission 66, the Park Service seldom had money for such exhaustive research. I Ever mantled in white, mighty Mount Rainier looms over its namesake park. Twenty-six glaciers grip the 14,410-foot high king of Washington's Cascade Range. Prolonged rains and as much as 83 feet of snow in a single winter water the magenta painted cups, aster fleabane, and other wild flowers lining trails and roadways. With the wake of a tail-dragging monster, a rowboat plies Oregon's Crater Lake. Sum mertime fallout of pollen from pines and firs blankets the blue water.