AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 283
The Toastmaster : — This is a very remarkable occasion in some unexpected ways. We are honored to-night by the presence of the oldest Uving marine engineer probably in the world, the man who designed and engined the first steamship for the United States Navy, and I ask you to rise and give three cheers for Mr. Charles HasweU. (Cheers.)
Mr. Haswell: — Through a long, varied, and eventful life I have received some compliments, but I know of none equal to the gracious manner in which you have been pleased to receive my name. (Applause.) And I assure you that I shaU cherish it, not only ui memory, but I shaU instruct my chfldren to bear in mind your gracious compU¬ ment bestowed upon me. (Applause.)
The Toastmaster : — The engineer and soldier are one type of man, their work is substantially the same. It deals with the properties of matter, with the relations of time, space, and force. It develops the same inteUectual and moral quaUties,—quick resource, self-reUance, courage, forti¬ tude, and devotion to duty. Joshua, himself a great com¬ mander of troops, was a born engineer, and I doubt not that he destroyed the waUs of Jericho by much the same means that would have been used to-day by the distin¬ guished engineer and soldier who wfll now speak for the Army. I have now the honor to introduce Gen. Eugene Griffin. (Applause.)
SPEECH OF GEN. EUGENE GRIFFIN.
General Grlfpin: — The force known as the regular army, existing by the wfll of Congress annually expressed, does not comprise all that should be properly included in the terms of our toast. The history and tracUtions of the past; the long record of glorious victories which are in¬ scribed on the blood-stained pages of the book of fame, all belong to the army of the Umted States. Its battle