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how grateful I felt toward the few faithful and anxious men who were about me and who stood by me during all my trials and difficulties, among whom were Alexander Hamil¬ ton, the Superintendent of the miU, Thomas Lapsley, who had charge of the rail department, William Canam, and my brother, George.
We next proceeded to roU the other five piles. Wlien two more perfect rails were rolled we were obUged to stop the engine, as the men were aU so intently watcliing the rolls that the engine had been neglected, and, being new, the eccentric had heated and bent the eccentric rod so that the engine could no longer be worked. As it would have taken some time to straighten the rod and reset the valves, the remaining piles were drawn out of the furnace onto the mill floor. About tliis time the heaters, hearing the exhaust of the engine, came into the mill in a body, and from the opposite end to where the rails were. Seeing the unroUed piles lying on the mill floor, they took it for granted that the new train was a failure, and their remarks about it were far from being in the least complimentary. Mr. Hamilton, coming along about that time and hearing what they were saying about the mill, turned around, and in language more forcible than polite told the heaters, who were Welsh, that if they would go down to the other end of the miU they would see three handsomer rails than had ever been made in Wales, where the greater part of the rails used in tliis country at that time came from, as well as the heaters who were so bitterly opposed to the three-liigh miU.