82 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
the mechanics to commence to rebuild, and the machinery was coming in and was being placed in position as fast as it arrived. Everytliing so far had gone smoothly, but some of the work was not up to the standard. I caUed the attention of the machinist in charge to it, requesting him to notify the engineer who had charge of the designing of the work, that part of the work was not up to standard and also that some of his plans should be modified. This brought a great storm over my head, but it was not of long duration. The engineer came down on me full of fight, wanting to know what authority I had for criticizing the workmanslUp. I told liim it was my duty to see that the work was done and to have the furnace erected. " In regard to my criticism of your designs," I said, " they were made for your good, for I assure you, that, if erected on the plan you now propose, the furnace will be a dead failure. The modification that I would suggest can be made very readily, and wliile it is not good engineering, it wiU do the work and do it weU, and is the best thing, in my opinion, that can be done to utiUze the work that is already done." He became very angry and said the furnace should be put up as per plan.
I then told Mr. ColUns what had taken place between their engineer and myself, and I also told him what I had never done before (as I did not want to humiUate the engineer), that the plan would not work, and that I did not propose to put up a job of work that I knew was wrong and would not answer the purpose it was intended for, and that he should get some one else to take my place, as I did not wish to be discharged. I also told Mr. ColUns that Mr. Hooven wanted me back at Norristown, and I would go where I could have work done as it should be.
Mr. ColUns, without my knowledge, went at once to PhUadelphia to see Mr. Reeves, and told him what had