188 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
through. The third and last consideration is the com¬ mercial or financial one; this is the one that we are most vitaUy interested in, and I am confident that a plant such as I propose wiU be a paying investment and an honor to us all. Now, to prove to you my confidence in it, I will agree to carry my share of the capital as far as it is possible to do so, and further I will say if I had the money I would put in five hundred thousand dollars."
After this Mr. Wilbur beckoned me to come out. He then said to me, " You seem to have confidence in the plan." I told lum if I had not I would not have talked as I did. He said, " If the Government should want no work, would there be work in the country to keep the forging plant busy? " I said, " Not to-day, but put the forging plant up and let the engineers know what they can get and then wants will soon grow up to it." He then said, " We will build the plant."
I at once went to work, having the plans of bufldings and machinery well thought over, and had drawings made for the largest and most complete plant that had ever been designed for such a purpose, and the work was completed as planned.