Business & Finance: Silver Scoop

Silver spade cut lightly into Pittsburgh soil, scooped up a scant quart of mineral-laden earth. Ground had been broken for the $10,000,000 power plant of the Duquesne Light Co. on Brunot's Island in the Ohio River.* Celebrities and guests boarded the steamship Manitou, chatted away the half-hour trip from the Island back to the city proper. In the earth, the cut remained.

Shallow the cut in the earth; deep the cut in Pittsburgh history. For as the silver spade, dirtied, was carried away, one or another of the watchers recalled these names:

Andrew Carnegie...

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