I02 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
Cambria Iron Company, for rails to be made for them as soon as the miU was completed, and had taken a mortgage on the property to secure the loan. The original company having failed to complete the plant, the raflroad company held the lessees Uable for the fulfillment of the rail contract; and here appeared the Umted States Marshal, looking as gentle as a preacher, but we soon found Mm as firm as a judge. Next came the sheriffs of the adjoimng three coun¬ ties, where the Cambria Iron Company held property, then came the constable with orders to attach anytmng that was movable, from a goat to a locomotive. We were now up against the real tMng,— want of money, — and to make rails for the company on their contract without money was simply impossible, and we so told them.
It was a gloomy day for Cambria. The workmen were restless and threatened to quit work, wMch I thought would help me in a proposition I had in mind to make. In com¬ pany with the Umted States Marshal, there was a gentleman whose name I tMnk was Mitchell. He proved to be a very clever man, and was to remain there to look after the interest of the railroad company, wMle their rails were being made. I said to Mm, " There is, so far as I can see, but one way that you can get your rails. The men are dissatisfied and may quit work at any moment, and as soon as we commence work on your rails, unless there is some provision made that wiU insure their pay, they wiU quit work, and I understand there are judgments against tMs property that can be foreclosed at any time. In that event you wfll never get a rail or one dollar of your money. If your company wiU let us roll some rails not merely for you, but for other people, so as to obtain enough money to pay the laborers, I think you will eventuaUy get aU your rails, and I wiU promise you to do aU I can to help you get them." The proposition was finaUy accepted.