THERE WAS MORE THAN ENOUGH WORK in the area of activity which he now entered, especially at first, and his work often continued late into the night in the form of discussions with the young factory owner.
Some of the problems to be solved seemed almost insuperable at first. Above all was suspicion of the newcomer who had been so suddenly brought here, and there were unkind attempts to make his period of adjustment more difficult and to push him out. Envy and jealousy followed when it was seen that this was not possible. However, the quiet way in which he went about his work, not concerning himself with things which had nothing to do with him, and the way in which he spoke up for the workers and their interests, even when they went against those of their employer, together with the self-assurance which he had gained in his hard fight with life, soon helped the young man to gain respect for himself and to win new friends.
On his free days he found recreation and joy in long walks. Every weekend, after the factory gates had closed, he set off by train and steamer, and when he returned on Sunday evenings from the loneliness of the mountains, and from his meditations, he felt fresh and strengthened for the coming week's work. One of these excursions took him back to the scene of his earliest childhood, to the little house by the quiet lake. Flickering memories took shape as he remembered the first joys and the first great insuperable sorrow of his life. On another occasion he went to the shores