CHAPTER XI. NORRISTOWN, SECOND TIME.
I NOW entered the employ of Moore and Hooven for the second time, and in my old position, which I filled as far as my health would permit. It was pleasant to be back in my old place and with my dear friend, Mr. Hooven, and to be in the midst of the miU workingmen who had ever been considerate and kind to me and who received me with true respect.
Some weeks after I had left Safe Harbor, Mr. David Reeves, the largest proprietor of the works, was there and said to Mr. ColUns, who had charge of the blast fumace, " I don't see the young man about who put up the work at the fumace." Mr. ColUns said, " He has gone away." Mr. Reeves asked why and was told that it was on accomit of fever and ague. He then said, " We can't afford to lose him; where has he gone to?" He was told to Norristown. Mr. Reeves then wrote me, asking me to call at his Phila¬ delphia office, as he wanted to have a talk with me. I called as requested and found him to be a very courteous gentleman. He asked if I had left Safe Harbor for good; I told him I had. He said he was sorry as he did not want me to leave there. I told him I also was very sorry to leave, but that it was not possible for me to stay there on account of fever and ague. He then told me he would Hke to have me go to Phcenixville and take charge of the shops and all the machinery in the works; in other words to be their mechanical engineer. He said if I would go there he would pay me a good salary. I leamed afterwards it would