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teU him of the great failure that was in store for the Cambria Iron Works. Some one told Mr. Wood, the President of the company, all about what was going to take place when the miU was started. I was told afterwards that he Ustened attentively to what they had to say, and then said to them: " Mr. Fritz has done many clever things for us that were said would never work, but always did, and I shaU not interfere with him or his plans."
The next and last person to talk to me on the subject was Mr. James Hooven, proprietor of the Norristown Iron Works, one of my dearest friends, with whom I had spent several of the happiest years of my Ufe. He came to pay me a visit and to learn for liimself what I was doing. He remained with me for several days and we talked the whole subject over, and, Uke the rest of my friends, he thought I was assuming an unwarrantable risk. " If this is a failure," he said, " your reputation is ruined for Ufe. Have you thought tliis over?" I told him, " I have, and it is my rule not to make a move in any new thing mitil I have thought it over, not only as a whole, but also in all of its details, and I assure you this is no exception, and I now feel that success is assured." While he was with me I took him into the miU so that he could better understand why the change was so important. He at once saw that great results could be gained if the plan could be successfully carried out, but he could not see his way clear to indorse it, and thought I had attempted to do too much, all at one time, and thought it very dangerous to do away with all safety devices, as they at times might prevent serious accidents. To this I repUed that the only possible good such safety devices could do was the saving of a roll, and that it was very rarely that any roll was broken, except the finishing roU; if the coUars were as deep and fitted as closely as they should do to insure good work, and the safety