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factorily, but in about a week or so the belt (which had been used temporarily) broke. I came through and found the miU standmg idle. I said, "What is the matter?" They said, " The belt on the feed roller is broken." Turn¬ ing to the heater, I then said, " George, is it time to roU? " He said, " Yes." I said, " Go ahead. I am going to make the miU work a Uttle without the feed roUers." The work was so much lighter after the instaUation of the feed roUers that the men who had a week or so before opposed them now thought it was impossible to run the miU without them.
There was so much objection coming from the workmen to anything that was new that I once told them if I got up anything new and they aU said it was all right, I should look over my drawings again, thinking there must be some mistake.
Notwithstanding the many invidious attacks we were subjected to for what we were doing, every rail miU in the country had at once to adopt the three-high system, and in changing the miUs made them stronger and better fitted up. Mr. Frank Jones, of Pittsburg, (B. F. Jones, of the firm of Jones & LaughUn), the leading, most practical, and successful iron man in the country, and one of the first to see the advantages of the system, said to me, some years after its introduction, that the three-high miU was the com¬ mencement of the great improvement that took place in the iron works after 1857, paving the way for the introduc¬ tion of the phenomenal Bessemer process.
In July, i860, after upwards of six years of as earnest and faithful hard work as few, if any, men ever had to endure, and without any vacation, I made up my mind that the time had come to sever my connection with the Cambria Company, a decision which in many respects caused me deep regret. In taking a retrospective view of the condi¬ tion of things as I found them, and also of the trials and