232 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
explained and the preliminary steps described, it only remains to relate as briefly as possible what was said and done, and who were there.
The next step taken was the selection of a General Committee, that should be representative as to position and character, and so widely located as that it might be considered National rather than local, aU of which was accompUshed when the foUowing gentlemen consented to serve:
ECKLEY B. COXE, Coxe Bros. & Co., Drlfton, Pa.
S. W. BALDWIN, New York Sales Agent Pennsylvania Steel Co.,
New York City. R. P. LINDERMAN, President Bethlehem Iron Co., Bethlehem, Pa. E. D. LEAVITT, Consulting Engineer Calumet & Hecla Mining Co.,
Boston, iVIass. OLIVER WILLI/\MS, President Catasauqua Mfg. Co., Catasauqua, Pa. S. T. WELLMAN, President Wellman Steel and Iron Co., Thurlow, Pa. JAMES MOORE, Bush Hill Iron Works, Philadelphia, Pa. ROBT. W. HUNT, President R. W. PI. Inspection Co., Chicago, 111. J. F. HOLLOWAY, President Engineers' Club, New York City. W. H. WILEY, Treasurer, New Y'ork City. CHAS.KIRCHHOFF, Secretary, 96 Reade St., New York City.
On August 8th a circular-letter was sent out by the General Committee to such friends of Mr. Fritz as it was thought could avail themselves of the opportunity offered, and in which was briefly stated the purpose of the proposed gathering, and the reason why the 25th of August had been selected. The first responses that came to the Committee were protests against the date selected, for the reason that so many were either away on their vacation or had planned to be away, all wishing so much to be present and to take a part in the exercises. So, in deference to such a general request, the date of the dinner was changed to September 28, and later on another circular was sent out requesting the person to whom it was addressed to indicate if he would or would not be present-