AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 271
thusiasm for own lives in Ustening to the words of those who know his worth and his character and are quaUfied to appreciate them. These, I take it, are the real reasons why we are here.
The General Comnflttee has directed me to say to you a few words about the John Fritz Medal,its origin,its purpose, and its present state. The story is short. Last spruig, a few friends of John Fritz met to organize a celebration of his eightieth birthday, and then the further thought came that they would estabUsh a memorial in order that future generations might know that the men who had Uved in the time of John Fritz had had the sense to appreciate his worth. (Applause.) It was natural that that memorial should take the form of a medal, and then the conunittee decided that this medal should be given to anyone in the world who nflght have proved his title to it by achievements in research or ui appUed science, and then it was decided that this medal should be given by a comnflttee of sixteen to be chosen from the four great national engineering societies of our country. The General Committee beUeve that tlfls medal, considering its scope, considering the method of award, mU be even a more distinguished honor than the Bessemer Medal which Mr. Fritz himself is proud to hold. (Applause.) It was decided that the fund for the medal should be raised by a subscription, and that each individual subscription should be strictly Umited to a small sum in order that many men might share in the honor of contributing to the fund. The Committee beUeves that the John Fritz Medal thus estabUshed will be, Uke the olive wreath of the Olympian games, in itself a Uttle thing of trifling cost, but representuig such cUstuiguished aclfleve- ment that it wiU always be amongst the most precious trophies of the man or the woman who is successful in getting it. (Applause.) The medal is now secure. The