AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 235
It had been the expectation of the Committee that enough people would respond favorably to make quite a Uttle dinner party at some one of the hotels in Bethle¬ hem, and the smoker, who had burned quite a number of cigars " tlflnkmg it over," was so confident of success that he was willing to wager on at least twenty-five. Scarce twenty-four hours had elapsed before the returns began to come in, and but a few days passed before it became evident that no hotel could accommodate the party, and inquiries were set on foot to see if the large hall in the University building could be had, and, whfle a prompt and favorable reply came, it soon became evident no hall there was large enough to hold the friends of John Fritz, and so at last it was apparent that nothing of less dimensions than the Opera House would answer the purpose.
The magnitude of the affair having outgrown the ex¬ pectations of the Committee (and the wildest dreams of the smoker), it became necessary to select a local comnflttee, to whom should be intrusted the preparation of what now promised to be a large gathering.
The committee selected for this purpose consisted of Robt. P. Linderman, President of the Betlflehem Iron Co., chairman, and W. H. Jaques, Garrett B. Lindemian, W. A. Wflbur, RolUn H. Wilbur, and E. H. Mcllvaine, and it was to their good judgment and careful attention to the detafls of preparation that much of the success of the affair was due. The date of the dinner having been definitely fixed, the local committee proceeded to have the parquet of the Opera House floored over level with the stage, and to having the entire house properly decorated. This was done in admirably good taste, with flags and banners, waving pahn trees, floral designs, and grouped and scattered electric Ughts of various hues, until, taken as a whole, it was fairy-like and beautiful to a degree rarely exceUed.