AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 2$$
me and of my Ufe work, it would be ungenerous in me not to say that whatever good I have accomplished has been largely due to the faithful and able assistants that I have had the good fortune ever to have had about me, and also to the true and loyal workmen in the various departments, to whom, by their skill, energy, and the faithful manner in which they have perfomied their duty, I am much indebted; and much as I would like to thank them individually for their loyalty to me, and the interest I represented, time will not permit me to do so.
As I look backward over my Ufe, I am reminded how one and another of my associates have passed over to the other side, and on my lips and in my heart are the names of your friends and mine who I wish nflght look on this scene to-night.
It would be vain in me to assume that this large assem¬ blage of engineers, metaUurgists, capitaUsts, and professional men from aU parts of the country are here whoUy on account of their personal regards for me; so far as it is so, none can be more grateful than I; but I assume it is in part in honor of the profession of engineering, which we so dearly love, and which in its various branches has done so much for our country and for humanity the world over. Time wiU not permit me to enlarge on this point as I nflght, but as engineers we aU know how important it is to our success to have behind us the men who not only have the money, but have as wefl the faith and confidence so necessary in push¬ ing forward great undertakings. Such men it has been my good fortune to be associated with, and I want to thank them, not only for their personal friendship so often ex¬ pressed, but for their confidence in me, which has so much helped me in my labors.
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