AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 55
years after (at the celebration of my seventieth birthday), I was arrested, tried, and convicted for practicing dentistry without a diploma.
With aU the troubles that beset us we made some im¬ provements and a Uttle money, and estabUshed the reputa¬ tion for making the best iron in the country. I was very proud of this reputation, and I have ever endeavored to follow the example set me by Mr. Hooven, of never aUowing anything to go out of the works that was not the best in its Une. This poUcy, if rigidly carried out, will surely pay, and to a conscientious person it is a source of much grati¬ fication to feel conscious that he has done his best.
Quite a pleasant episode took place one day in the office, which at first seemed as if it might prove to be a source of embarrassment, as for a short time it did. A gentleman representing the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Rail¬ road, came into the office quite hurriedly and with but Uttle formaUty, and said: " I want to talk to you about car axles. Some two or three years ago we got some from your works, and I was told you used nothing but charcoal pig iron in your plant." Mr. Hooven's face all at once became red, and I must even at this late day confess that I did not feel very comfortable, as there had not been a pound of charcoal used in the manufacture of those car axles. I had had no Uttle to do in bringing this condition of affairs about, and whatever might have occurred I would have to face the music. Mr. Hooven, supposing there was something wrong with the axles, asked him what the trouble was. The visitor said, " Nothing at all. They were the best axles we ever had on our road, and we want a thousand more just Uke them." Then Mr. Hooven explained to him that, in a measure, he had been misinformed; that while it was true we used nothing but charcoal pig iron in the manufacture of bar iron, — flats, squares, and smaU rounds, — yet heavy