AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 135
and was a proper tiling to do; consequently I was well fortified and was in a position that was at all times impreg¬ nable. But this almost constant opposition became at times unpleasant to both parties. At last I became tired, yet had I yielded one jot or tittle the result would have been different, and it is not at all improbable that the great Cambria Works would not be in existence to-day. After six years of as hard, laborious, and vexatious work as ever fell to the lot of a man to do, I decided to leave the scene of my early struggles and try my fortune elsewhere, and on the morning of the 5th of July, i860, with feeUngs of sorrow I said good-by to my many friends and to as loyal and effi¬ cient a corps of foremen and workmen as any man ever had the honor to have around him. On the next morning, July 6th, I reported for duty with the Bethlehem Iron Company, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
During the six years I was with the Cambria Company I had no vacation whatever, and with the exception of the visit to Philadelphia to raise funds, previously referred to, I was only once away from the works over two consecutive days, and then on official business, when I went down to Chat¬ tanooga for the purpose of examining an iron ore and coal property. This was in the spring of i860.