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education or opportuiflties for position, without influential friends or the favormg accidents of fortune, should be able to advance steadfly in usefulness, power, and the respect of his fellow men, until by common consent he occupies the first place in the domain of practical industry with which he has been connected, gives conclusive evidence that poUtical mstitutions wlflch afford free play to individual ambition, industry, abflity, and strict uitegrity are worthy of aU loyalty and should be cherished and preserved at aU costs and hazards.
'' The developments of the twentieth century show that these institutions are in great perfl. Their essence is to be found in individual liberty, involving the right of free labor and the acquisition of private property under lawful con¬ ditions. When the right of free action shall be suppressed, the possibiUty of a career Uke that of John Fritz wiU be destroyed. Collectivism ending in SociaUsm, may afford other advantages, but let it not be overlooked that these advantages wiU be obtained only by the sacrifice of personal freedom, and will arrest the progress of civilization due, during the ages that have passed, to the substitution of freedom for force.
" John Fritz is a Uving proof of the results of individual and industrial Uberty in a country endowed with boundless resources. In vain shaU we seek for a like career in nations or in countries where the individual initiative has been suppressed. The stagnation of Clflna, whose men are physically strong and whose resources are abundant, is in marked contrast with our own land, where heretofore every citizen has been free to employ his labor and Ifls energies in his own way, so long as the rights of others were respected.
" John Fritz, therefore, is to us more than a man whom we love and respect, more than a friend to whom we wish many years of health and happiness: he is an example of