AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 103
When we came to start making raOs the workmen de¬ manded that the rails be deUvered to some person author¬ ized to receive them and be held by Mm until they were paid. The company appointed their business manager, but the men would not accept Mm, and asked that I should be appointed; their request was granted. I was also made the agent for the railroad company, and every evemng after the day's work was finished I received the rails, first to secure the pay of the men, and secondly, in the name of the railroad company to see that it got them. This plan seemed to work well and was satisfactory to all parties, and the sky seemed clearer and brighter for the success of the works than I had ever seen it. But at all times it was on the verge of bankruptcy, and the lessee company, tired of being harassed, not only by its own debts, but also by the obUgations of the parent company, concluded it must in some way secure more capital. TMs at that time was no easy matter, especially when the concern was in such a compUcated financial position as Cambria then was.
The miU was shut down, and I was ordered to PMladel¬ pMa to in a way become a promotor, a new business for me, and I had to do some talking to make some of the party I met beUeve that there could be any money made out of the works. But I assured them the Cambria Works could be made a great money-making plant if put in proper shape. All tMs time the three-Mgh mill was uppermost in my mind, but I did not say a word about it, fearing it might provoke discussion; tMs I did not want at tMs time, as several of the party were in rather a passive frame of mind and I thought it wise to let them remain so, as it would have proved fatal to my long-cherished idea to have the subject brought up in any way until after the matter now in hand had been settled. I was sure there would be opposition, and my chance for success would be much better then, as I beUeved