Grace Under Fire

As San Francisco burned, 100 years ago this month, a hardy band of men worked feverishly to save the city’s mint—and with it, the U.S. economy

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It’s tempting to look for common traits among these last few—to suppose that something so momentous has somehow shaped their view of the world. Claire Wight, Frances Duffy’s daughter, believes this to be so. “Part of my mother’s belief system,” she says, “is that if you can survive something like that, the rest of life is gravy.”


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