CHAPTER XV. CAMBRIA.—Continued: THE THREE-HIGH RAIL MILL.
After the new orgamzation was completed and the officials got well in their places and aU was working smoothly so far as they were concerned, the change in the official organization of the company did not remove or lessen the troubles in the manufacturing department, or increase the output, both of which items were absolutely essential to insure success. To continue to run the mill as it was, I could see notMng ahead but a most disastrous failure. Hav¬ ing previously given the whole subject my most thought¬ ful consideration, even to its most minute detail, I was prepared to submit my plans and recommendations to the new company. My proposal was to build a new train of roUs, three Mgh, and twenty inches in diameter. This involved a new engine that woifld run with safety one hundred revolutions per minute, and it practically meant an entirely new miU. To tMs proposition they demurred, say¬ ing that it could not be done, as the expense was too great; besides, the miU they had was entirely new and was supposed to be the best miU in the country, and they were at loss to see why good rails could not be made on it. After some time and a great amount of earnest talk, I succeeded in convincing some of the representative stockholders that it was absolutely necessary to make some changes and im¬ provements, and that, if my suggestions were adopted, success was sure.
At the next meeting the subject was taken up with a full board, and, as I was informed afterwards, the matter was