On the north side of Commercial street, between Montgomery and Kearny, there stands a dark, heavy looking building, with heavy iron bars, and heavy iron shutters, to windows and doors; and high above, standing on, and just peering over a heavy cornice, there is a large American eagle; looking down into the building, as if he meant to see, and take notes, of all that is going on within, "and print 'em too."
At his back there is a small forest of
chimney stacks, from which various
kinds of smoke, and different colored
fumes, are issuing. This building is
the Branch Mint of San Francisco.