AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 57
the manufacture of rails and blast-furnace practice. Being determined to learn all I could, and having an opportunity to assist in building both the furnace and the mill, I con¬ cluded to accept the position.
It so happened that Mr. John Griffin, who was General Manager of the Norristown Iron Works when I went there, had been made the General Superintendent at Safe Harbor, and wanted me to go there with him, but cUd not want me to leave Moore & Hooven without their consent. So I went directly to them, fully and frankly stated the position in which I was placed, and also told them how important it would be to me to get such a practical knowledge as could be obtained in assisting in the erection of the rolUng mill and fumace plant. At the same time I told them Mr. Griffin would not take me without their consent and that consequently I was at their mercy.
At first they both demurred, saying they did not want me to leave them; they moreover pointed out that Mr. Griffin could not afford to pay the salary they were paying me. " In this," I said, " you are correct, and I do not expect it, but the knowledge gained wiU much more than compensate for the difference in salary." My Norristown position was paying me $1000 a year, but I gave tliis up for a $650 position in order to obtain knowledge of another branch of the iron business. I asked them, especiaUy Mr. Moore, who was a very Uberal and broad-minded man, to give the matter full consideration. In the course of a few days I was caUed to the office and Mr. Moore said they had thought the subject over very fuUy and had come to the conclusion that my views on the subject were correct and that they could not conscientiously stand in the way of my accepting the situation. We parted the best of friends, as we had ever been, and remained so until death called them both to their long home.