Day 489

The modest eternal quarters

May 2nd, 2013

of Collis P. Huntington, the powerful 19th-century railroad magnate (and, as we recently learned, primary benefactor of the Huntington Free Library). About Mr. Huntington's relentless pursuit of his goals, his biographer wrote:

He was that kind of fighter, a slugger lacking in what might be called peripheral moral vision. He saw only what was necessary for success. Huntington did not see qualifying ifs, ands, or buts . . . In the milieu of cutthroat competition, he was unyielding, tireless, ruthless and fertile of stratagems.
(Here's a closer look at that intriguing door.)

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