270 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
and postage, making up the remainder, S230. It is practically certain that the net amount available for fi.xed investment will not be less than, say, $3,700; whicli will be ample to carry out the purpose of the founders in an appropriate and satisfactory manner.
While the subscriptions were purposely limited to the small sum of $10, in order to give the large circle of Mr. Fritz's friends and admirers an oppor¬ tunity to become identified with the foundation of the medal, the Committee felt justified in yielding to the insistence of Mr. Andrew Carnegie, who con¬ tributed $1,000, and Mr. A. J. Mo.vham, who contributed $100,
SPEECHES AT THE DINNER TO JOHN FRITZ, AT THE WAL¬ DORF-ASTORIA OCTOBER 31, 1902.
The Toastmaster (Col. Henry G. Prout): — Gentlemen: This afternoon a lady came into this room to look at the decorations and she looked at this design and she read it, " John Fritz, 1822-1902," and she said, " What a shame to drag an old man Uke that out of his bed!" (Laughter.) Obviously, she had not seen the " old man." We are met here for two principal purposes — first, to celebrate the eightieth birthday of our friend, John Fritz. (Applause.) And second, to celebrate the successful founding of the John Fritz Medal. (Applause.) If I might venture to foUow for a moment the thought of the immortal Gettys¬ burg speech, I should say that Mr. Fritz himself had an¬ ticipated this celebration and made it superfluous by his great and lasting gifts to the happiness and prosperity of mankind and by his simple and dignified and sincere Ufe. (Applause.) It is Uttle that we can add to the estimation in which he is held by those who have known him long and well. It is Uttle that we can add to the glory of his name throughout the civiUzed worid. It is Uttle that we can add to the endurance of that monument which he has buflt for himself. But we can find pleasure for ourselves in express¬ ing to hfln here in this public way our admiration and our affection. We can find inspiration and the glow of en-