CHAPTER XXVIII. CONCLUSION.
In looking back to the date of my first connection with the iron business in October, 1838, over seventy years ago, it seems almost impossible for the mind to fully reaUze the improvements which have taken place in the iron and steel business, especiaUy those that were commenced in 1854, and paved the way for the enormous production that in¬ creased the quantity made from 637,000 tons in 1854, to the enormous production of 24,000,000 tons in 1909. With aU of this I have been contemporary, and I had much to do with the inventions and changes which have taken place during this remarkable period. A retrospect of whatever has taken place during my long career seems necessary, as I owe much to the wonderful progress that has been made in the arts and sciences and the growing interdependence of the various branches of the mechanic arts, as contrasted with their poUcy many years ago.
It should not be forgotten that England is the home of the manufacture of iron and steel, and the birthplace of the Iron and Steel Institute, and much of our success is due to the information we gained from the invaluable papers read at their meetings, and the discussions that foUowed them. And here, at this late day, I call to mind many pleasant and instructive talks I had with the EngUsh and Welsh work¬ men who were employed at the Norristown Iron Works.
I wish, also, to give credit to the brave and noble workmen who, throughout my long connection with the business, ever stood ready to meet any emergency, no matter what the