AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 281
SPEECH OF REAR-ADMIRAL MELVILLE.
Rear-Admiral Melville: — Gentiemen: I am caUed on to respond for the Navy of the United States. (Applause.) The Navy of the United States is no mean institution. It is second to none in the world, except in tonnage. (Ap¬ plause.) You wiU rightly understand that I am pleading for more tonnage — more tomiage, more guns, more armor, more speed. I wfll divert from the Navy, however, for a few minutes and for a very few minutes.
Among us here to-night is our veritable Vulcan, whom we are assembled to honor, the Fire God and Iron King of the great engineering profession, — John Fritz.
" Those who labor The sweaty forge, who edge the crooked scythe.
Bend stubborn steel, and harden gleaming armor, Acknowledge Vulcan's aid."
Who of us all would not doff the hat and bow the head in honor to this our grand brother of the forge and the miU! . . Our guest, by his mechanical abiUty and resourcefifl enter¬ prise, has done much to force the recognition of engineering as a profession. But the engineer of the hour is not without honor, and we who are here to-night know fuU weU that the praises of John Fritz have been sung again and again, and that his name is grandly Unked with the development of the iron and steel industries in tlfls country. . . . " Good Uncle John," as we caU Iflm, was born in a hamlet where everybody worked, and m early youth he acquired the habits of industry. It was a community where every one respected the rights of Ifls neighbor, and he grew up with the love of his fellow man as the cardinal precept of Ifls creed. Living in a State that was rich in natural resources and the center of the infant iron industry, he began to comprehend the possibiUties of making the United States the granary of the world, and of so hnproving the manu-