AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 231
good time themselves, and they thought the coming birth¬ day would be a good excuse for it.
To aU this the victim Ustened attentively, and, as it seemed to the speaker, revolving in his mmd the memory of the past and the varied experiences of a long and busy life. After something of a pause he said: "You know I don't take much to blowing my horn, and I don't exactly like to be prominent in any affair like what you have been telling me about. What I have done has not been much, and it is not worth making a fuss about. I only did the best I knew how, and " — " But your friends," interrupted the first speaker. " Yes," he said, " that's another thing; now, if my friends (and I have a great many warm ones) — if ray friends think they can come to Bethlehem and have a dinner on my seventieth birthday, and can have a good time in so doing, I ought not and wiU not stand ui the way. So I give my consent; but, remember, I am not to be called upon to say anything." " Oh, no; of course not," was the reply, as the hostess and her guest returned to their chairs.
The neighborhood talk went on again until the drive to Catasauqua was remembered, and, as the carriage rolled away, hearty good-nights were exchanged, for the con¬ spirators had won, and the second chapter was ended.
Were you present at the dimier given to John Fritz, the engineer, at the Opera House in Bethlehem, September 28, 1892? Oh! you were? Ah! weU, then, you need not read anything beyond this, for what is hereinafter written is for the man who kindly contributed to aid that affair, but who could not himself be present, and also for a number of other persons, both in this coimtry and Europe, who were honored with invitations as guests, and who would most glacfly have been there to assist in honoring their friend, but who could not come.
The inception of the affair having been thus briefly