NORRISTOWN. — Continued.
About this time I was caUed to the office by the pro¬ prietors. This was so unusual that it caused me some mis¬ givings as to what they wanted. I promptly responded to their call, however, and was informed that they wanted me to take charge of the mill on the night turn. This was truly a great surprise, as such a possibiUty had never entered my mind. After my surprise had in a measure subsided, I said to them that I did not think I was capable and did not wish to assume so great a responsibiUty. I also said there were several young men who had been in their employ longer than I had and were entitled to promotion, and as there was some clerical work to be done, they, being much better educated than I, would be better prepared to fill the posi¬ tion. I gave their names, two of them being nephews of Mr. Moore, who was the spokesman on that occasion. In reply he said, " Jolm, if I were going to look for thee in the evening until ten o'clock, I would come to the rrdU." This was the first intimation I ever had that the owners of the works were paying any attention to what I was doing after working hours. After some further conversation on the subject, both Mr. Moore and Mr. Hooven assured me that it would be a source of great comfort to them to know that I was in the miU at night, it being important to have a practical mechanic there at aU times. Knowing this even better than they did, I accepted the offer, but I did so reluctantly, as I feared it might, in a measure, mterfere with my plans for gaining a more practical knowledge of