Pittsburgh: The Story of a City

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XIX Moral and Cultural Advancement

THERE is a story told of an old Scotsman named John Cameron who kept the best vegetable garden in Pittsburgh but who refused to sell produce on Sunday. It seems that General Jackson had stopped in Pittsburgh over the week-end and the landlord of his inn sent to Mr. Cameron on Sunday morning for some fresh vegetables. Cameron refused, and though the landlord came himself and threatened to withdraw his patronage the old man proved obdurate. "Well, let me go into the garden myself, and I will pay you Monday," begged the landlord.

"No!" returned the Scotsman. "It is far better to let General Jackson do without vegetables than to break the Sabbath."

When Cameron was asked, later on, how he managed his hot- beds on Sunday, he answered, "I judge on Saturday night, and raise the sash a little with a corncob for air."

"But were you never mistaken?"

"Oh, yes. One Sabbath morning I knew that frost was coming but I had no right to move the cobs on the Lord's day. The next morning about five hundred dollars worth of plants were frozen." He hesitated for a moment, then went on: "I never spoke of it before; perhaps some would not believe me, but that year I made more money off my garden than any other year of my life."

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Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Foreword ix
  • Contents xi
  • Maps xiii
  • Prologue- Lewis Evans, His Map 1
  • I- Virginia Takes a Hand in the West 13
  • II- How Are the Mighty Fallen! 27
  • III- Robbers'' Roost 38
  • IV- The Head of Iron 48
  • V- Britannia Rules the Ohio 55
  • VI- Pioneer Village in War and Peace 66
  • VII- "Intestin Broyls" 76
  • VIII- Revolt in the West 85
  • IX- Between Revolts 103
  • X- Tom the Tinker Comes to Town 117
  • XI- The Gateway to the West 129
  • XII- Genesis of an Industrial Empire 145
  • XIII- Life under the Poplars 154
  • XIV- Clapboard Democracy 172
  • XV- From Turnpike to Railroad 184
  • XVI- Civic Pittsburgh, 1810-1860 201
  • XVII- "The Birmingham of America" 218
  • XVIII- The Emergence of a Metropolis 231
  • XIX- Moral and Cultural Advancement 248
  • XX- High and Low Life 268
  • XXI- National Politics on a Local Scale 285
  • XXII- Prelude to Strife 300
  • XXIII- The Sinews of War 311
  • XXIV- The Forge of America 326
  • XXV- Two Generations of Progress 341
  • Epilogue- Trends of the Times 358
  • Errata 369
  • Errata 381
  • Maps 383
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