Il8 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
of black and smoking ruins, and the money that had been so hard to get, with which the new miU was built, was gone. The prospect was gloomy, but there was a gleam of Ught amid aU the darkness, and that the pile of new and perfect rails which Mr. Hamilton had said had never been beaten by Wales, from which country most of the rails used at that time came. Above aU, the miU had been tried and was a most magnificent success, and it was these two facts that cheered us up and renewed our courage with a deter¬ mination to rebuild the miU.
The following day, Sunday, was devoted to rest and thinking over the situation; at any rate, it was not spent in the miU. During Sunday the workmen met and agreed to give the company one day's work on Monday, to help clear the rubbish away. I told them aU to be cheerful and said that the works would surely be rebuilt and as quickly as possible. They all, to a man, went to work, and I never saw a set of men work harder. By Monday night the miU was clear of aU rubbish and on Tuesday morning we com¬ menced to get in shape to start up again.
On Monday morning we sent a number of axemen to cut poles or timbers, say about twenty feet long and eight or ten inches in diameter at the butt or large end, and we also sent teams to haul the logs into the works. On Tuesday morning, carpenters went to work to frame them together, and the men raised them and braced them in place to carry the steam pipe and feed-water pipe for the boilers. The larger and upper pipe was the steam pipe, about ten inches in diameter; the smaUer and lower was the feed pipe for the boilers, four inches in diameter. The trestles were placed about twenty feet apart the whole length of the miU,—six hundred feet, — and were erected the same way in the transepts, which were two hundred feet long each, making the total length of ten-inch steam pipe about one thousand