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at the table, and a part in all that was to be seen and heard, and a warm welcome for all he chose to bring; and here to-night there are none more glad and proud at the honors shown to their clflef than are John Fritz's old guard; and when the story of his Ufe shall be told, no page wfll shine brighter, no incident wiU more truly illustrate Ifls kindness of heart, his modesty, and his thoughtful regard for others, than wiU the one that relates that, in the hour of his greatest success, when praise and honors came to him from all sides, he turned his thoughts backward to a review of Ms past life, to a remembrance of the hours of trial and difficulties, and in that retrospective view he did not forget the faithful men who so long had stood by him and helped him; and his happiness to-night would have been incomplete had they not been here to share his pleasure.
AND THIS IS THE " BLUE-PRINT " SPEECH MADE BY THE PRISONER IN HIS DEFENSE, AFTER LISTENING TO WHICH THE CHIEF-JUSTICE AT ONCE GAVE HIM A " TIME SEN¬ TENCE."
Judge, they say I am not much of an enguieer, and at times I have had doubts about it myself, but there is one thing I never had any doubt about, and that is, that I could not make a speech in pubUc.
When I began to try to become an engineer, we used to whittle out a wooden model of anytliing we wanted to make, or else we would draw it on^'a chalked board with a square and a pair of compasses; but the times are changed, and every engineer who begins a job now has to have a blue print before Iflm to work from, and so for this job I have nflne.
Under ordinary circumstances I would have preferred to remain sflent, but on account of the grand reception you have given me, and the many hearty congratulations that