AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 6$
concerned. I suggested, however, that a new shaft be ordered at once, that we might be prepared for future emergencies. Mr. Griffin said, " All right, go ahead day and night until you have it completed."
The workmen at that time were very skeptical, and did not beUeve the job could be done as I proposed, and so reasoned from the fact that I had suggested the ordering of a new shaft. There was a heater named John Griffith, a Welshman, who was a first-class heater, and a very intelU¬ gent man. He had Ustened attentively to what had been said, and soon after the crowd had left, he came to me and said, " You have but Uttle skilled help that wfll be of any use to you in doing this job, and I am something of a machinist and am quite sure I can be of service to you, if you will give me the opportunity." I said, " John, come on and go to work, as I want all the good help I can get, and must have one good man for the night turn." My right- hand man, Louis Bowman, had had a part of his thumb taken off in the machinery and had gone back to his home in Norristown to have it taken care of. PersonaUy, I was suffering from fever and ague. Altogether things were in a bad shape to take hold of such an unusual job as that which confronted us. Yet with aU the impending difficul¬ ties, and they were many, we went to work, raised the fly¬ wheel shaft to its proper place, and put a temporary bearing under the journal. Notwithstanding that all the tools and fixtures had to be improvised, the next morning we com¬ menced turning the journal. In about a week's time the miU was in operation again, and the shaft ran for years, vnth the new shaft lying close by, and did not break, but was replaced by the new one during some extensive repairs. John Griffith proved to be a good mechanic and was a great help to me, having charge on the night turn during this vexatious job.