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the successful foundation of the fund was signaUzed by a banquet at the Waldorf-Astoria, October 31, 1902, a report of which is given in the foUowing pages.
The models of iron and steel making processes that adorned the banquet room were loaned by the Stevens In¬ stitute of Technology. The Elbright Company of America, RusseU ^^Spaulding, manager, made and loaned to the Dinner Comnflttee without charge, a beautiful sign in frosted incan¬ descent lamps, several feet in length, reading, " John Fritz, 1822-1902," which was hung at the back of the speakers' table, and wlflch was illuminated as soon as the guest of the evening took his place beneath it. FaciUties for committee meetings, etc., were furnished courteously by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and by the Engineers' Club. No smaU share of the success of the banquet was due to the kindly help and suggestions of " Oscar," of the Waldorf-Astoria, who prepared specially a number of trophies in candy to be borne around the haU in procession, iUustrative of the triumphs of American steel production. Before the banquet began, the Dinner Committee sent to Mrs. John Fritz, who occupied with friends the central box in the balcony, a handsome birthday bouquet. The balcony was occupied by over 150 ladies, to whom Ught refreshments were served while the dinner was in progress below, and whose presence in full evening dress added greatly to the brflUancy of a memorable occasion.
BRIEF FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE JOHN FRITZ MEDAL FUND, AS OF JANUARY 23, 1903.
Total receipts, including accrued interest §6,039.32
Total disbursements 1,930.00
Balance on hand S4»i09-32
Now deposited in the Mercantile Trust Company, drawing interest at the yearly rate of 3 per cent. Note. —The cost of designing and constructing the medal, the dies, and the album was Si,7oo; the incidental expenses, such as circulars, stationery