AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ l6l
young, able, energetic, and determined to make a success. I doubt if ever five natural brothers were more loyal to each other than the five brother engineers above named. What each of us knew was common to aU.
Upon one occasion we all met at my house and talked over our troubles in detail, and they seemed so grave that some of us doubted if we could ever make the Bessemer process a financial success. In fact, my doubts were such that I had thought seriously of making a steel-headed rafl and had made some experiments in that Une, with some little show of success, when some one of the party said that if there could be a patent secured on the steel-headed rail it would be worth more than any other patent that could be taken out. To this my brother George dissented, putting liis hand on the top of his head and facetiously saying that if someone would discover something that would make the hair grow there, it would be worth more money than any invention that could be gotten up. Referring to Captain Hunt, he said: " Here is Robert; he would give five thousand doUars for it."
Sometimes we were joined by my dear friend Eckley B. Coxe, who though not a steel man was one of the most able and distinguished mining engineers our country has ever known — a man so highly trained scientifically, so full of resource and suggestion that my recoUections of my conferences with Mm are an ever present pleasure. I delighted to have liim and HoUey together.
In connection with the Bessemer process of steel manu¬ facture, it is mteresting to note that although the credit of it is generally given entirely to Sir Henry Bessemer, of London, England, yet an American inventor, WilUam KeUy, had experimented for a number of years, at Eddy- vflle, Kentucky, along the same Unes. The origmal desire of both Sir Henry Bessemer and Mr. KeUy was to improve