AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 6t
After getting the men fuUy organized, we got along with my part of the work so rapidly that it was evident that the rolling miU would be completed before the blast furnace. Then the blast furnace superintendent would be in trouble, as the mill could not start until they could get pig iron. Mr. ColUns, the furnace manager, came to me and begged me to help him get the fumace completed so that he could be making iron before the mill was ready to start. I told him to see Mr. Griffin and that I would do whatever Mr. Griffin wished me to do. Consequently Mr. Griffin came to me and told me that ColUns was in trouble and wanted me to help him out, and he, Mr. Griffin, wished to know if I was wilUng to go. I said, " Certainly." I was at aU times ready to do whatever he might want me to do, but I told him I would prefer not to work with the men who were putting up the blowing machinery, as they were too slow and their gait would demoraUze my men. I suggested to him that I put up the gas and hot-blast pipe and the hot- blast stoves, or ovens, as they are at times caUed. This I was anxious to do, as it was an important part of furnace work — a branch of the iron business that I had made up my mind to learn. Both Mr. Griffin and Mr. CoUins were pleased that I was going to take hold of that part of the plant, but they had no idea of the difficulty that was in store to get the pipe in place. In order to have the plant built quickly, different parts of the work had been done in various places. This fact caused me much anxiety, the probabiUty being that the work from the different shops would not come at the same time. Being about a hundred miles from the shops where the work was done might cause much delay, and I might be blamed for a part of it. When mistakes are made, there is too frequently a disposition on the part of the parties who make them to shift the blame on some one else.