74 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF lOHN FRITZ
the iron mines out there, the iron business was in an awful condition. Every one who had anything to do with iron was out of patience. In an effort to get them interested in the Jackson location, I went to see Coleman, Kelton & CampbeU, Commission men in Pliiladelphia, and they were the only people who would talk about it. I was almost a boy, but they treated me very nicely, said they saw the value of the proposition, but that business was very duU and the property was too far away. Another iron man said I might as well talk about bringing iron ore from Kamchatka as from the Jackson location. In reply, I said, " You will see iron ore from Lake Superior sold in Philadelphia within ten years." Receiving no encouragement, I finally gave the matter up. If I had had $25,000, I would have bought one half interest in the Jackson location and it has been worth milUons and is still extremely valuable.
I was now in my old home, and in the midst of the surroundings where I passed my boyhood days, the happiest days .of my Ufe, but now in a condition that I did not know or care what I was going to do. In the course of a week or so my old Norristown employers leamed that I had left Safe Harbor and had gone back home. They wrote me, saying they wanted me to come back to them. I repUed, saying I was unfit for work of any kind. I was simply able to sit around, sometimes in the house or shade, sometimes in the sun; some days, if able, I would get to the barn. To this they repUed, the same as previously, saying to come on, I could sit around as weU with them as I could in Chester County and they could have the benefit of my experience and advice. Consequently, I made up my mind to go.
A few days after I had been at Norristown, an old friend of mine came into the miU to see me and expressed much deUght at seeing me back again in my old place. He said in a brusque but famiUar manner, " What the devil ails