68 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
gave me a dose of the concentrated essence of all the heat- giving plants known in the science of botany; it was so hot that I was fearful I should take on fire, but she at once assured me that there was no danger, and that she had now accompUshed what was absolutely essential. Before con¬ valescence could be expected, the cold needed to be com¬ pletely expelled from the system and must be driven from the center out. The good woman was greatly elated when I told her she had certainly warmed me up. She was now confident that she could cure me, but you can imagine her surprise when she came the next morning and found me suffering with one of my worst chiUs, and I told her I did not have any faith in the Thomsonian theory of medicine. It was useless to pursue in that direction any further.
In the meantime, my former employers at Norristown, Messrs. Moore & Hooven, had learned where I was and wrote for me to come back to them. I answered their letter, saying I was totally unfit to do anything but sit about, and in the morning try to keep from freezing, and in the after¬ noon try to keep from roasting. They repUed to come over at once, as I could sit in Norristown as well as I could in Chester Coimty and they could have the benefit of my experience.
Mr. Joseph C. Herr of Philadelphia, a good friend of mine, owned some iron ore property in Michigan about ten or twelve miles from the Lake Superior shore. He was going out to see it, and wanted me to go with him. He and others of my friends thought a change of cUmate and sur¬ roundings would certainly, in a measure, be beneficial to my health. Of one tiling I was quite sure, the journey could not make me any worse, and so I arranged to meet him in Cleveland and go with liim. In the meantime on my way to Cleveland I took in Newcastle and Sharon, Pennsylvania, to see the iron works at those places and in the vicinity.