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and went direct to the office, and there met both of the proprietors, Messrs. Moore & Hooven, and found them both to be courteous gentlemen. I told them what I wanted. They said in reply they were sorry they could not give me employment, as their niiU was not completed; if it had been, they said, the times were so bad, they would not start it. So I left their office for Trenton.
In returning to the street, I passed through the nnll and was looking at some of the machinery when Mr. Moore, one of the owners, came towards me. A thought passed through my mind that he was going to order me out, but this thought was soon dispelled. He at once commenced to talk to me in a pleasant manner. Being a Friend he used the plain language, which caused me to feel quite friendly toward him, as most of our neighbors at home belonged to the same persuasion and of course used the plain language. After a pleasant talk he asked me if I was used to hard work, to which I frankly answered, " Yes." He asked where I was raised; I told him, on a farm, and what I had been doing. To all his questions I gave a prompt answer. He then said, " Young man, I Uke thy looks; wiU thee remain here until Monday?" I repUed that if there was any probability of my getting employment I should be pleased to do so. He then said their manager was absent, but was expected to be at the works on Monday morning, and that I should caU at about eight or nine o'clock; so I remained over. But it was both a long and an anxious period, from Saturday evening untU Monday morning, and in a strange place.
At length the appointed time came around, and I was on hand promptly. In a short time Mr. Moore, accompanied by a large, fine-looking man, walked leisurely into the miU. Near to where I was standing they came to a halt and held a short conversation in an undertone. To me this was a most trying ordeal, as it was to determine my fate as to