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its members were the friends of Mr. Fritz, the compUment of presidmg over the occasion was tendered to the President of that club, Mr. J. F. Holloway. Fortunately the duties of the Chairman were greatiy Ughtened by the fact that, in deference to the wish of Mr. Fritz that the usual custom of proposing and answering toasts should not be foUowed, there was left but Uttle for lum to do. In order that the " subsequent proceedings " should not be entirely devoid of interest, a scheme had been quietly arranged among a few of those present, which, while it would be a surprise to nearly everyone, would permit a few to indulge in " talk" which by no means could be construed into speech-making. The scheme proposed was to turn the after-dinner procedure into a Mock Court, with aU the paraphernaUa of judges, court officers, attorneys, and witnesses, while the criminal was to be the honored guest of the evening. So weU had been the plan arranged, so admirably was it carried out in the arranging of the tables and the seating of those selected for the court proceedings, that, without the sUghtest hitch and without any change except in a few instances the turn¬ ing of one's chair, the court was speedily arranged and organized ready for business.
In opening the legal proceedings, the Chairman, who, as he said, " By reason of powers conferred upon him by the Vice-Chancellor of New Jersey and a lot of fellows in New York, had assumed the duties of Attorney-General," now proceeded briefly to outUne the situation and explain the occasion that had served to bring all present together. He said the remarkable feature of the whole was the hearty interest and cooperation of everyone who had been seen or written to in regard to the affair. This was not only true of this coimtry, but also of those who, Uving in foreign lands, had been tendered invitations as guests of the Committee, and friends and acquamtances of Mr. Fritz; and one of