The silver shovel recently used in the ceremony of breaking ground for the Mountain Lake Water Company, at San Francisco, was banded with gold, and cost a thousand dollars. With it a small quantity of the earth was shoveled up and placed upon a silver salver, upon which also were some ot the wild flower plants so abundant. The same shove-was also employed at the dinner table in shovelling into the plates of the ladies present, generous quantities ot large ripe strawberries from a half bushel measure which was filled with this rich fruit, gathered in the vicinity. The old Merrimack Mill, at Lowell, was burned down on the 16th inst.
This article was originally published with the title "A Rich Shovel" in Scientific American 8, 42, 331 (July 1853)