3o6 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
man in the VaUey. We know all about him. We can say that we have eaten with him, we have drunk with him, we have slept with him, and we have gone to Pittsburg with him. (Laughter.) I could a tale unfold, but I won't. (Laughter.) I wiU only say this, — that our feeUngs, in reference to this man, can only be expressed by a darky story. A darky wanted to get a divorce from his wife. Going to Lawyer Scott, the lawyer asked him what claim he had — what had she done. What were his reasons for getting a divorce? And the lawyer heard the darky sob¬ bing and looking up he saw the great tears running down from his eyes. He said to him, " You love this woman? " "Love her — love her! Why, I fairly analyze her." (Laughter.) That is tiie feeling we have toward John Fritz.
In the pahny days of Venice they had a book that was caUed the Golden Book, and in that book were written the great deeds of those men that had acted worthily toward the Great RepubUc. The Golden Book of the Lehigh Valley is the hearts of the neighbors of this man, and first and fore¬ most in their hearts is written the name of John Fritz. (Applause.)
The Toastmaster: — A very few years ago there ap¬ peared upon this planet a set of men who now threaten to drive us aU out of business. They deal with a body of facts of wlflch we who have gray hair know almost nothing. They speak a language to which we Usten without under¬ standing. They are changing the mechanic arts and they are changing the whole face of society, and they are doing that by an agency wlflch they themselves cannot explain or define. Of course, I mean the electrical engineers. The Institute of Electrical Engineers, the youngest of our engineering societies and already one of the strongest, is represented here to-night by a pioneer in the art, one of their past presidents, — Prof. Elihu Thomson. (Applause.)