AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 277
But no words of mine can ever express the fuU measure of gratitude that I so deeply feel towards you aU. And here, my dear friends, I beg to assure you that the mflfomfly kind and thoughtful attention that you have always shown me wiU be held in grateful remembrance.
May God, in His infinite mercy, vouchsafe to you all long, useful, and happy Uves, surromided by kind and loving friends, is my most fervent desire.
Three cheers for John Fritz were caUed for by Mr. Martin and given, and the diners sang, " For he's a joUy good fellow."
The Toastmaster: — Strange tlflng, isn't it, that John Fritz has so many kind and loving friends?
The next sentiment is " The Fathers of the Art." For at least seven hundred years the Anglo-Saxon people have been carrying on their struggle for Uberty regulated by law, and in that struggle we, on tlfls side of the water, have taken the characteristic part. We have gone out and fought our stubborn wars and then we have gone home and sat down and carried on the stfll more stubborn conflict with ignorance and foUy and ignoble ambition and rapacity. The gentle¬ man who was to have spoken for the Fathers of the Art, in the greatest of our wars, contributed of his money, of his wisdom and his energy, and since that war he has continued to give the same devotion to the long civil struggle that has been going on, and all of that time he has walked in parallel Unes with Mr. Fritz, for he too is an ironmaster. That is Abram S. Hewitt. (Applause.) LoweU has said that the clflef duty of a nation is to produce great men, and I am sure in Fritz and Hewitt we can present fine specimens of the product of our nation. (Applause.) Unfortunately, Mr. Hewitt is too deUcate to be here to-mght, but he has sent a letter which will now be read by Mr. Martui, the chairman of the Dinner Committee. (Applause.)