288 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
applause.) You will find this sample in the catalogues; I wfll not say whose. (Laughter.) I told Mr. Wellman, when he remarked to me in the way of criticism that he was not famiUar with that section (laughter), that Oscar said it had to fit the sorbet boxes. Mr. Wellman said that that was sometliing new to him in the way of steel rails. (Laughter.) I have here a bmich of messages, cable dis¬ patches, and letters, and a whole volume more on ice at the Engineers' Club. (Laughter.) I will not inflict many on you, but I beUeve you will be glad to hear each one of these.
MESSAGES OF CONGRATULATION.
Letters, telegrams, etc., read.
Regret enforced absence on this occasion, which marks an epoch in American metallurgy by honoring i'our birthday. " Ithuriel's spear touched a toad, it became a jewel." You touched iron ore and transformed it into armor, guns, shafts, plate, materials, with which American engineers have conquered the whole world by land and sea. All hail Unser Fritz, father of us all. Deem it not a too presumptuous folly, this spray of western pine beside your eastern oak and holly.
Irving M. Scott.
Genoa, Italy. Though absent and far away, I wish to add my congratulations to Mr. Fritz on his eightieth birthday. He has done more for the steel industry than any man living, and we all acknowledge him as our master and prize him as our friend. Charles M. Schwab.
London. Absent in body, present in mind. Thanks for thirty years' friendship.
C. P. Sandberg.
Sincere wishes to your eightieth birthday and respectful homages to one of the pioneers of American iron industry. Max Meier.
Heartiest congratulations and hopes that we may for a long time still, keep your true friendship.
Greiner, Chf. Engr. John Cockerill Works, Seraing, Belgium.