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ofiicial announcement of the award. We ask that you, John Fritz, accept these bronze plaques, the only ones of the kind that will ever be presented as an award, made by and coming directly from the founders, our unanimous find¬ ing being that of all the Captains of Industry this medal may most worthily be awarded to you, (Applause.) And we beg to assure you of our abiding faith that the crowning reward of your splendid achievements and char¬ acter will be the perpetuation of your name, than which there can be no higher ideal for the engineering and in¬ dustrial captains of the future. (Applause.)
Now, Mr. Fritz, for each and all of the founders, I wish you many happy years and growing honors, and the love of friends. (Cheers.)
The guests, on the proposal of Colonel Prout, here drank to the health of John Fritz. There were loud cheers and long calls for " Fritz."
SPEECH OF MR. JOHN FRITZ.
Mr. President, Dear Friends: I do not know what to say in response to this reception that I am given here to-night. It is utterly beyond my power to express the things that are in my mind. The only thing that I can say is that I accept this in the name of the four great engineering societies. I am not going to detain you long, as you can see.
Standing here, my mind is carried back to the days of my youth, when I worked on a farm, from sunrise to sunset, barefooted. Then my wildest imagination could not have foreseen this honor.
I appreciate this greeting, and accept it as a token of your esteem; and am truly sensible of the great honor you have thus conferred upon me, which gives rise to sincere joy in my heart, that takes precedence of all other emotions, and I can only say that I thank you from the depths of my heart.