CHAPTER XII. KUNZIE FURNACE.
I next reported to Mr. Reeves for instructions. He told me the plans, drawings, and specifications would be fur¬ nished by the Phoenix Iron Company, from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. The machinery, castings, etc., would have to be made at different places, and my duty would be to see they were all right and have them properly erected, and get the furnace ready for blast. I also learned that Mr. James CoUins, of Safe Harbor, was going to be the Business Manager, an appointment which was very agree¬ able to me. The furnace had been built by Mr. Kunzie (of the firm of Farr & Kunzie, manufacturing chemists of Philadelphia), who was an able chemist but was without mechanical or practical metallurgical knowledge, and the furnace had been unsuccessful from a business standpoint.
Mr. Kunzie's wife relates a story on him, that gives a good idea of the Uttle chemical knowledge they had at the time of Mr. Kunzie's first experimenting in blast-furnace practice. He had much difficulty in blovnng in, as we call it to-day, in other words in getting the furnace properly started in making iron. After having much trouble, and after several unsuccessful attempts to get properly started, he employed Benjamin Perry, known as Ben Perry, an EngUshman, who was quite a good furnaceman for that time, to blow the furnace in, which he did successfully. Mr. Perry then wanted to get away to blow in a furnace for some one else and gave notice to that effect. Mr. Kunzie, not wanting him to leave, invited Mr. Perry to come to his