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taken place between the engineer and myself. Mr. Reeves said, " You can teU Fritz that no one has the authority to discharge him outside of myself, and that I will be up to¬ morrow and see what the trouble is and see if it can't be arranged satisfactorily to both parties." He came up the next day and we together looked the plans over and he said I was right but he still wanted me to put the hoisting macliinery up according to the engineer's plan. Tliis I objected to, saying I could see no reason for going to that expense when we knew that it would not work. He said, " The engineer is a good fellow but seems to forget that you have had an experience that he has not had, and it mil do Mm good when he finds the hoisting machine will not work; he will begin to flunk that there are some people in the world that know a Uttle more about some things than he does. He does not seem to have taken into consideration that you have had more practical experience than he has had, which is so essential in changing and repairing work."
At Mr. Reeves' request I put up in place the work in dispute just as it was received at the works. As soon as the furnace was completed it was tried and my predictions were completely verified. The material — coal, ore, and limestone — was taken to the tuimel head in cars on an inclined trestle work. The difficulty was in stopping the cars at the proper time and keeping them in the proper position, while the barrows containing the ore, coal, and Umestone were taken off and the material dumped in the furnace.
When ready to start I asked Mr. CoUins to have Mr. Reeves and the engineer on hand and on the top of the fumace, to see how their arrangement for getting stock up was going to work, and to have them near the lever that was to control the car, being well satisfied that they all could not get it out of gear. I placed the engineer at the throttle