64 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
underneath, the cinder would fall in the gear wheels and on the joumals, which caused them to cut and grind out to such an extent that the miU could not make good time. We finaUy took the squeezer up and made a shield of boiler plate to fit tight around the shaft. Here the knowledge I had of boiler making came in handy again. After the shaft and journals were completely protected they did not make much trouble.
The next trouble that turned up was vnth the flywheel shaft. They caUed me up at about three o'clock one morn¬ ing. I went to the miU and found one of the journals cut and ground down from twelve to eight and one half inches in diameter. Just before sending for me they had sent for Mr. Griflon, and he came in shortly after I had gotten there. The day and night superintendents were both there, and the engineer whose fault it was. They all had a powwow over it, and all concluded there must be a new shaft, which would, at that time, take at least two weeks to get.
I stood a Uttle in the background, but was taking in all that each of them had to say. Mr. Griffin was in the habit, when any trouble occurred, and I was about, of saying, " Fritz, what would you do?" This was what I was ex¬ pecting to come. He turned toward me, and said, " Fritz, this is a bad case, what would you propose to do with it?" I said, " Mr. Griffin, I would turn it up in place." He asked if I could do that. I said, " Yes." Then they aU said it would be too Ught to stand the work, and would surely break and might kill a number of people. I then told them I would get a new pedestal six inches longer than the present one, and would make the journal six inches longer by trueing up six inches of the body of the shaft, which was twelve inches in diameter. Should the smaUer part of the journal break, this would keep the shaft in place, and it would be perfectly safe, so far as the workmen were