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difficult I had there, a fine-looking, elderly gentleman came along. It being a very hot day he was carrying an um- breUa, which was uncommon at that time unless it was raining quite fast. He looked up at the pipe and said, " Young man, that does not seem to have the proper angles." In reply I said to him, as pleasantly as one could do under the circumstances, as I thought it was none of his business, " They are not right." After getting the correct angles, we took the pipe down and in one week's time made the change and had the pipe up again in its proper place, aU right. Just as we had gotten the derrick down and the place cleared away, the same gentleman came along again. He looked up at the pipe and said, " Young man, you have made a good job of it." After he went away I asked one of the workmen who had been at the works from the start who that gentleman was. He said, " He is one of the owners, but I do not know his name." Soon after I learned from ColUns that it was Mr. David Reeves, who afterwards became one of my lifelong friends.
After completing the work at the furnace which was assigned to me, I returned to the mill, and took up my work, which was in the same condition as when I left it. In the meantime, the erection of the machinery had become weU advanced, so much so that it became necessary for me to hustle in order to be ready by the time the driving power was completed. Very fortunately, as it proved afterwards, we got one of my old Norristown companions, Mr. Louis Bowman, who was a good machinist and a good worker, to come and help me. Thus far my force consisted of none but handy laborers, but the time had come when there was much machine work that had to be done, requiring good mechanics, who were used to that class of work. All went smoothly until the works were started; then trouble com¬ menced. As the squeezer was driven by bevel gear, placed