CAMBRIA. —Continued: RETROSPECT.
It was in 1854 that I went to Johnstown. Previous to this but Uttle had been done west of the mountains in making iron in the blast furnace with mineral coal. I think there was not a blast fumace in Pittsburg at that time. Mr. Benjamin Perry, who was referred to in Chap¬ ter XII, as having been at Kunzie Furnace, and who prob¬ ably ranked next to Father Thomas as a pioneer in the anthracite region, had charge of the Cambria furnaces when I went there, but they were not in blast. He was an unlearned man, was said by almost every person there to be very troublesome and one I would have to get rid of if I wished to keep peace in the family. I told everyone I came there to manage the Cambria Works and not to send men away if they did their duty. I found Mr. Perry to be a good furnace man, but Uke many other uneducated men he wanted to be handled without his knowing it. This I did most successfuUy, and he remained in charge of the furnaces over two years, and left of his own accord to take another position where he thought he could do better, and I was sorry to see him go away. lie was a man, unfortu¬ nately for himself, who would not brook contradiction. Mr. John Griffin, one of the best-learned iron men of that day, was once on a friendly visit to see me, and having heard much of Mr. Perry wished to meet liim. Conse¬ quently I invited Mr. Perry to my house in the evening. Soon after being introduced they began talking on the subject of iron making. Mr. Griffin asked him about the