AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
cotton and woolen mills, I had learned something of the pranks they would play on each other, and this placed me on my guard. Consequently, I was not so easy a victim as they had anticipated. I talked but Uttie to them, but watched for an opportunity to turn the tables, and had not long to wait. One day one of the workmen complained in my presence that his feet were troubUng him. I asked him if he had greased his shoes and on receiving an affirmative answer I asked how the grease had been appUed. He answered, " On the outside." I repUed, " Why, you booby, you ought to put the grease on the inside of your shoes and then you won't have any more trouble." My trick was such that they played no more tricks on me, and I was at once admitted into their confidence.
I worked on the boUer — chipping, calking, riveting in the heads and flues, and the Uke — until it was completed and tested. I was not sorry when the work was over; my head was in a buzz from the noise in riveting and my hearing has never been as distinct as it was previous to my boiler- making experience. In chipping and calking I used the hammer in the right hand, consequently the left hand was a subject for sympathy, being covered with sores. No bones were broken or fingers mashed, however, and in a week or ten days the hand was all right again. This trouble was not unUke some of the diseases incidental to children, rarely occurring the second time. This ended my first experience in boiler making. While it was somewhat rough, it was of great value to me in after Ufe, and wiU be referred to later.
My next advancement made me helper to my boss, Thomas Hudders. My duty was to pump the beUows, use the sledge, and do anything and everything I was told to do. As his fire was the largest and best equipped one in the shop, and as he was a good workman, the heaviest and most