AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 245
sion, and on one occasion was heard to say that he knew about pumps, but he afterwards retracted and said he thought he knew about them, but had since learned that he was mistaken; that in tlfls and many other ways he had endeavored to nflslead the pubUc into the beUef that he was an engineer, and an iron and steel maker. The Grand Jury hearing that many persons calUng themselves engi¬ neers, and iron and steel makers, were going up and down through the land persuading men to put money into works for making iron and steel by all lands of processes, but mostly by short-cut processes, and into building machinery wlflch, if it worked at all, worked cUrectly the opposite way from what it was intended and promised, the Grand Jury felt it their duty to investigate as to the antecedents of this man Fritz, and to ascertain, if possible, whether, by reason of his education or practice, he had any right to caU himself an engineer, so that if he had no such right he might be prevented from infficting injury and bringing serious loss upon the honest but too confiding citizens of this Common¬ wealth.
The jury find that tlfls aforesaid Fritz, who now sets himself up as an engineer, was, and ought now to be, a farmer; that he was born and raised on a farm, in the town¬ ship of Londonderry, county of Chester, State of Pennsyl¬ vania, near Doe Creek; that, when he was large enough, he spUt wood to heat up his mother's brick oven, and was paid for so doing with a " turnover," baked after the bread came out.
Then later on he rode the old white horse bareback, while his father held the plow through the rows of the waving corn. That later stiU he rode the same horse over to the grist mill, where he waited for Ifls grist to be ground. The jury have ascertained, from sources entirely reUable, that in the summer time and whfle waituig for his grist it was