66 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
Shortly after starting up again, Mr. Griffin said the mill was not getting out the amount of work that it should do, and asked me what I thought about it. I told him that I fully concurred with his views. He was anxious, indeed it was absolutely necessary, to produce a much greater tonnage in order to make their contract deUveries, and he asked if I would take the miU by contract, so much per ton. I told him that I would Uke to do so, but that together with the fever and ague and the hard work I had been doing since I had been with liim, I was fearful that I could not keep up under any more of a load, having to do the roll turning, which at times was about all that one man could do. After some thought over the subject, and being fuUy satisfied that the tonnage could be greatly increased, which meant increased compensation, I told Mr. Griffin that Bowman would be back and that if he was able to go to work, and would join me, we would take hold of it. On Bowman's return, I stated Mr. Griffin's proposition to him and what he would have to do to make a success of it. He agreed with me in everything and was anxious to accept Mr. Griffin's proposition, which we did.
Now, having almost practical control of the manufacture, we did our very best to get the mill in good shape, and in the course of a month we about doubled the output, a condition of affairs wliich pleased Mr. Griffin very much, and much elated both Bowman and myself. Besides the pride we had in what we had done, we were each of us earning much more money than we had ever earned before.