To all his esteemed readers and correspondents, Father Pitt sends greetings. Out of his unbounded love for the city that bears his name, Father Pitt dedicates this publication to all lovers of beauty and liberty; and, in particular, to the citizens of Pittsburgh, that they may learn to love as he does the beauty that surrounds them and the liberty they enjoy.
Father Pitt would like to thank Mr. Christopher Bailey for the use of his photographs. The drawing in the heading is by Canfield, a Pittsburgh cartoonist, who drew it in 1906.
It might be useful for Father Pitt to have a stated policy for picture use. Here it is: All original photographs on this site may be republished on any noncommercial Web site or in any nonprofit print publication. You don’t even have to ask. (Author credit to “Christopher Bailey” is nice, but not necessary. Worrying about particular conditions is just too much effort.) For other uses, leave a comment on the article where the photograph appears. Father Pitt has donated some of his pictures to Wikimedia Commons (you can tell which ones they are by the URL when you click on the picture). For those, no permission of any kind is needed for any purpose.
The tag line “Why should the beautiful die?” comes from a song by Stephen Foster, Pittsburgh’s most famous songwriter: “Ah, May the Red Rose Bloom Alway.”