72 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
sledge, as it had to be cut in smaU pieces in order to get it out of the mine.
In the evening, after we got back to the hotel, as it was caUed, they asked what I thought of the native copper I had seen in their mine. I told them that to me it was a marvel, but would cost too much to get to the surface to ever make it pay, and said if I had money to invest, I should certainly put it in the iron mines I had seen near Marquette, as they would surely become very valuable. But their heads had been so completely turned by the soUd copper they had seen that day that they did not seem to know that there was such a thing as iron ore in the world. I afterwards leamed they lost all the money they put in the copper mine.
Now, having seen aU that we intended to see, and my health being seemingly much improved, so much so that I was anxious to get back to work again, we turned our faces homeward. I anticipated much pleasure in getting back to Safe Harbor and felt able to ffil my position again.
But how soon one's fondest hopes are blasted. At Detroit we had to change boats, as I wanted to go to Dun¬ kirk, my friends going to Cleveland. While waiting for my boat, I had unmistakable evidence of the return of my old enemy. I went on board as soon as I could and at once went to my room and got to bed, and suffered with a most violent fever aU night. I arrived in Dimkirk at about haU past eight in the morning, about an hour late. The express train for Philadelphia, with which the boat was to connect, had gone about half an hour before. Rather than Ue there all day, I took an accommodation train for Elmira. Soon after we left Dunkirk, the chill came on. After every stop the train made the conductor would come along, saying, " Tickets, gentlemen." Any person who has ever suffered with fever and ague will fully appreciate how annoying this