AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 39
serious difficulty was encountered, which, for the time, prevented me from carrjang out my more advanced ideas. It was in the early forties, when the general business of the country was in such a depressed condition that the iron works, small and primitive as they were at that time, had Uttle or nothing to do, so it was not possible for me to get emploj'ment in that line. As stated before, my father was a millwright by trade. Tliis caused him to be from home the greater part of the time, consequently the farm was necessarily more or less neglected; so, for a time, Uke Cin- cinnatus, I returned to the plow and to my first love, the farm, where I was one of a happy family, and I again took up the work I had left some five years previous.