128 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
aU the foremen were loyal and working in harmony with each other.
The mechanics I had to rely on to do the work in the shop and mill had never before done any miU work, and but few of them had ever been inside of a rolling miU, and for a time I had an uphill business. Fortunately I had had a severe schooUng in that line and was able at all times to properly direct the beginners. As they were desirous to learn and energetic, they soon proved themselves equal to the emer¬ gency, and by the time we had the new miU in operation and the whole miU in good shape, the Cambria Works had the best set of men about them in the country. In proof of this I can point with pride to the number of men that have gained prominent positions in other works. The training they received at Cambria was such as to well quaUfy them to fiU any position they might assume. The men would frequently say that aU the passport they wanted was to say they had worked in the Cambria Iron Works.
I feel as though I could not commend too highly the brave, energetic, and loyal men who so faithfully stood by me in times of sore disaster, and were it not that it might prove invidious I should Uke to caU many of them by name. How Uttle the young men who are connected with the immense iron and steel plants of to-day know of the diffi¬ culties the old-time ironmen had to encounter! A driU press, cast off the pattern of the fixed head of a sixteen-inch lathe, bolted to a ten- or twelve-inch post upright, with blocks of timber for the table, a smaU lathe or two, the crudest kind of a machine for turning rolls, a few smaU tools, the greatiy respected chipping hammer, cold chisel, and file, about completed the list of tools, but in the hands of skiUful and energetic mechanics there was but Uttle they could not do. It seems ridiculous to compare the faciUties and mode of doing work of fifty odd years ago with those