Io6 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
workmen and told them what had taken place (aU of wMch they received joyfuUy), and further said, by way of en¬ couragement, that I did not see what could happen that would prevent the works from starting and runmng steadily, but I must confess that in the face of so many setbacks I at times had some misgivings, fearing something unforeseen might turn up. However, I told the men to get their furnaces ready to start up and said, " We must aU work together and do our best to make it go. If we do tMs, success is assured." I was ordered to start the miU, and the workmen and the citizens of the town were all happy. AU that could be seen from the Johnstown end was of good omen.
But after I had left PMladelpMa for home a very great difference of opimon had shown itself in the new company in regard to the appointment of the officials in Johnstown. TMs resulted in the appointing of two General Managers, one General Superintendent, and one Assistant Superin¬ tendent. The last-named official was not needed. Mr. D. J. Morrell was made General Manager to succeed Mr. James, then the General Manager, and Mr. Wyatt MiUer was supposed to be assistant to the Superintendent, but was not so named. I was again placed in a very embarrassing position. Mr. James, having been the Gen¬ eral Manager of the previous company, and having been requested by the minority stockholders to remain, had no disposition to resign. The result was that for some weeks we had two General Managers. Mr. James was a very clever man, to whom I had become much attached, and he was a brother-in-law of Mr. David Reeves, who was a good friend of mine. I had been in Mr. Reeves' employ for some years, and was sent to Cambria by him, and Ms umform kindness placed me under obUgations to Mm, but the majority of the firm were in favor of Mr. Morrell. Con-