no AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
suggested that I could make a better inill two-high that would give less trouble, and consequently do more work. I admitted that it could be done, but the advantage to be gained would not warrant the expenditure, and the only thing that could possibly be done to make the enterprise a success was to build the three-high mill.
The next Sunday morning Mr. Townsend came to the mill, where he found me in the midst of the regular Sunday repairs. After I was pretty well through with them he took me aside and showed me the protest. My hands being greasy, I asked him to read it to me, which he did. After all these years have passed, there is no person other than myself who can fully appreciate the trying position the managers were placed in. On the one hand, I was urging them to build a mill, on an untried plan, as a strong minority called it, tliis minority also legally notifying the managers that they would hold them personally responsible for the result. On the other hand, I was absolutely refusing to build the mill they wanted, and besides all this, they ridi¬ culed the idea of adopting a new and untried method that was against all practice in this and the old country, from which at that time we obtained our most experienced iron workers. Moreover, the prominent iron makers in all parts of the country had said to Mr. Morrell that the whole thing was a ^vild experiment and was sure to end in a failure, and that yoimg, determined, cracked-brained Fritz would ruin him. The heaters and rollers all opposed the three-high mill and appointed a committee to see the managers and say to them that the three-high miU would never work, and that they, themselves, would suffer by reason of its adoption, but that if the managers would put in a two-high geared train, which they said was the proper thing to do, the mill would go all right.
As I now look back to that eventful Sunday mormng,