248 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
teeth of the gear wheels at night that had dropped off during the day; and he was reported to have said that, if at any time he had any fears of being out of a job, he went and looked in the wheel pits and was sure to find work. It was further reported that this man Fritz claimed to be very expert in setting " single teeth," but that he cUd not pre¬ tend to know much about " plate work " at that time, but later on in his Ufe it is said that he did some very creditable work in that Une as weU, for his Uncle Sam.
It is hardly worth while to further occupy the time of the Court in showuig how preposterous it is for a man with such an education and experience to pretend to be an " engineer " or a steel maker.
The second count of the indictment is, that the aforesaid John Fritz is a disturber of the peace.
Several years ago tlfls man, now at the bar of this Court, came to the borough of Betlflehem, and, as it is supposed, for the purpose of attending a horse race; at least that was the ostensible object of his visit. The race course was a large, level field on the banks of the Lehigh, below the town, and away from any settlement. Sitting on the top rail of the fence, watching the boys trot their blooded steeds, the notion came into his head that the land about there would be a pretty good place on which to build a blast furnace, and perhaps a roUing mill or two. It is one of the known pecuUarities of this man that when he gets a notion in his head all creation cannot change him, and there are witnesses here in court who can testify to this. So, having conceived the notion of covering this race course with furnaces and miUs, the people who knew him best said it would be of no use opposing him, and that they might as well come down with the dust first as last, and they did, and he not only covered the race track with blast furnaces, rail mills, workshops, etc., but he covered the famis adjoin-