302 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
sistants had to come. The result — America has led the world. (Applause.)
A pecuUarity of Mr. Fritz which you aU know is that he has Uked hard work, and he also has buflt better than he reaUy knew. TypicaUy, I remember on one occasion he caUed in a friend to criticize a piece of machinery which he had designed, and steam had been turned on and it was running. The only comment that this friend could make was, " Mr. Fritz, don't you think that you have made it unnecessarily strong ? " John replied, " Well, if I have, it wiU never be found out." (Applause and laughter.) And I teU you he has loved hard work. There was an occasion when there was a breakdown at the Betlflehem rafl mill and the miU was stopped. Impatient at the unsuccessful efforts of those who tried to drive the broken casting off the shaft, he seized a sledge and swinging such blows as only those massive shoulders could deliver, it was soon loosened; but as he put down the sledge at nine o'clock at night, an old employee, a privfleged man, who happened to be an Irishman, said: "Now, plaze, Mr. Fritz, go home. Sure you have been here since six o'clock this morning. Let the boys do the rest, but begob, I don't know why I should ask it of you, because during all these years you have worked time and half-time." (Applause.) Looking at him to¬ night, time and half-time don't seem to have hurt, and I wiU teU you why. His labor has always been on straight Unes, no matter what opposed, no matter how others looked. He has had his troubles, (k)d knows, but his path was the straight one, and he hewed it on those lines to the end. (Applause.) Gentlemen, I think one of the greatest com¬ pliments that was ever paid him, and he has been the recipient of many, as you know, and none great enough, was the fact that he could not make a bad thing. His integrity entered into the products of his estabUshment.