28o AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
the free spirit of American institutions, a beacon Ught warn¬ ing the present and coming generations against perafltting any invasion of the principle of the Uberty of the citizen, which alone has made our beloved country great and free."
Mr. Martin, after reading the letter, proposed three cheers for Mr. Hewitt, which were given heartily.
The Toastmaster: — In this wicked world wlflch we inhabit it is very Uttle use to build a nation, such as Mr. Hewitt has suggested, unless we are prepared to keep it with the sword. I am told that in certain newspaper offices war has been abolished, and that armies and navies are now refuges for the idle, and schools of pride and cruelty. (Laughter.) And yet some of my friends of some practical experience assure me that the devil is not yet dead and that the richest man must still be prepared to fight for his own. However that may be, tlfls gentleman on my right whose amiabiUty you have heard expressly dwelt upon has spent some valuable years of his life in making material for the efficient and complete destmction of his brother man. (Applause and laughter.) In 1898 we were very glad to have some of that material in our ships. (Applause.) I spoke a moment ago of the Anglo-Saxon struggle for liberty regulated by law. I ought to have said the struggle of those born to speaking the EngUsh language, for the Scotchmen, who I believe are not Anglo-Saxon, have a certain fine aptitude for fighting, and with their broad¬ swords they have helped us in carving out that path toward Uberty. I am about to introduce to you a Scotclunan. He is, I presume — I am not told so — a descendant of Wflliam Wallace himself. (Laughter.) He is a saflor and a warrior. He is an explorer who has written his name across the Arctic Sea and he is an engineer who has written his name across the story of our new navy. I have the honor to introduce Rear-Admiral George Wallace Melville.