strong in resource, perseverance and genius, laid the founda¬ tion for and started the building of the greatest industrial empire the world has ever known.
When I was working for the Bethlehem Iron Works imder the direction of John Fritz, he was ready at all times to consider suggestions from anyone. It is a great faculty to be able judiciously to discuss matters with those about us, and gather the consensus of opinion. This consensus of opinion is generally nearer right than any one man's judgment, and I believe that Mr. Fritz's ability and willing¬ ness to do this probably contributed much to his great success.
He concerned himself not about money but about results that should be advantageous to his associates and the human race. If he had in hand a man or a machine they had to produce results. He could see the essence of a subject as none other could, and he could apply a remedy for a difficulty as none other could.
The material engineering works of Mr. Fritz are ample to give him lasting fame, but the successful construction of the Bethlehem Iron and Steel Plants and his other previous great undertakings are far from being his most useful and enduring work.
The best work, in my judgment, done by him was the training of the young men who worked under him. They have gone out to carry and spread broadcast his creed of initiative industrial progress, and through them Mr. Fritz's work is still going on from the St. Lawrence to the Rio Grande in all sorts of industrial enterprises based on his engineering methods.
D. A. TOMPKINS.