AUTOBIOGRjiPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 241
The judges being in place on the bench, the court was opened by a comprehensive and bombastic proclamation by the sheriff, partly in EngUsh, somewhat in Latin, with a sprinkUng of Pennsylvania Dutch, in which the case of the Commonwealth vs. Jolm Fritz was announced, and the prisoner placed in the dock. Next came the reading by the Clerk of the Court of an indictment purporting to have come from some mythical Grand Jury, which proceeded to give a comprehensive outUne of the Ufe of the prisoner, beginning with his boyhood on the farm, and his early training ui riding bareback (the " bareback " objected to by the counsel for the prisoner, but objection overruled by the Court) to mill, and in plowing com, all of which, while of value to a farmer, was by no means a suitable training for an engineer, at least not as engineers are now trained at Stevens Institute, Cornell, and other famous training schools. The indictment showed how the prisoner, growing up, turned his back (same objection by counsel, and overruled) on the old farm, and sought out a country blacksmith and machine shop, where he thumped his fingers, greased his clothes, and grew black in the face, thinking he was becoming an engineer. The indictment said (and it was proved by old citizens caUed upon the stand) that later on this man came to Bethlehem, where, selecting a fine wheatfield, he threw down the fence and buflt thereon furnaces and rolling miUs, covering the entire field with ashes and cinders, buildings and railway tracks, until it was not now worth a cent an acre (for farming).
Notwithstanding the care and minuteness with wlflch the indictment had been prepared, it was no sooner read than the senior counsel for the prisoner, Sergeant Raymond, arose and moved that " the indictment be quashed." Thereupon the associate counsel, SoUcitor J. Davis Brod¬ head, proceeded, in a manner that wiU not soon be forgotten