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ness managers. As I recollect they were Mr. Charles Wood, Mr. Daxad Reeves, Mr. Matthew NewMrk, Mr. Edward Y. Townsend, Mr. Daniel J. MorreU, and Mr. George Trotter. All of them were successful business men and men of Mgh standing and character.
They next went to work to get all the shares fully made up, and in a few days succeeded. We thought everythuig was completed and that I could soon take the good news with me to Johnstown, and I was planmng to go the next day, but we were mistaken. An unexpected trouble about the lease turned up, and for several days the atmosphere was gloomy and it seemed as if aU our labor had been for naught. TMs condition of affairs existed for several daj's, but on the last day of grace in wMch they had to make the lease, they got all the six holders of the six shares together and at about nine or ten o'clock at mght the}^ agreed to sign the lease, but Mr. R. D. Wood, who was largely in¬ terested, despairing of their agreeing to sign it, had pre¬ viously gone home and gone to bed, and so the others had to go to Ms house, where all were in bed, caU them up, and get Mr. Wood out of bed to approve the lease before twelve o'clock. Otherwise, as I now remember, the property would have been sold the next day by the sheriff.
TMs was a close call and to me was a period of intense anxiety, not so much on my own behalf, as in the interest and welfare of some three or four thousand men whose existence and that of their famiUes depended upon their daily labor; and for all tMs time, nearly two weeks, they had been idle. How those men with large famiUes managed to get along is more than I can teU, but they were s)mipa- thetic, generous, and would share the last bite with each other.
The next mormng I started for Johnstown as the bearer of glad tidings. The morning after my return, I met the