84 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
with instructions to mn slowly and keep his eye on me. I would place myself in a position where I could see the men on top and him and I would signal him when to stop. I also instructed the leverman and manager to try to stop the car before it reached the top.
All being ready we started up. When the car was about some twenty feet from the top the leverman tried to stop it, but faUed. Mr. ColUns then jumped to the lever, then the engineer who had designed the plan, and finally Mr. Reeves. Al failed to get it out of gear, so I signaled the engineer to stop the engine. They all came dovni and came into the engine house to see me. Mr. Reeves said, " Well, Fritz, I think we are all satisfied that this design will not work, and I want you to change it to the plan you first proposed and no one shaU interfere with you in any way." So at it I went and made drawings, such as were made at that time, had such patterns made as were actually neces¬ sary, and castings were made, set up and in place in about ten days' time.
Al worked to our entire satisfaction and in about two weeks we had the furnace in blast and everything going weU and the changes that were made aU working as in¬ tended. The furnace continued to do well, made good iron and for that time a large quantity, and was considered the best furnace on the Schuylkill. Everything operated so satisfactorily that Mr. Reeves sent liis furnaceman and engineer to see how nicely aU was going. The engineer and I talked over the failure of his plan for the hoist, and he said it went to show that one man did not know everything and that I had one great advantage over him and that was experience, which was all important to the engineer. From that day until his death we were close friends and consulted with each other on important prob¬ lems.