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rounding the world; we have seized upon an atmosphere, not of air, but of that sometlflng wlflch is within air and which fills aU space, and made it the means of communication.
In closing, I would say I know I voice the sentiments of every one of the body of American Electrical Engineers in doing honor — I stand as the representative of each and every one of them in doing honor to the guest, Jolm Fritz, this evening. (Applause.)
The Toastm/VSTer: — Bob Hunt has told us of the fame of Bethlehem rafls and bfllets and amior plate and castings; but to my mind the greatest product of Bethlehem is men. Bethlehem men were bred under John Fritz, and under him they learned not only their business as engineers, but they learned those tilings which lie at the very foundation of society: they learned thoroughness and justice and loyalty and fideUty and devotion to duty, and wherever they went out, to carry Fritz's ideas over the country. The gentleman who wiU speak to-night of John Fritz's old boys is one of those old boys, and he carried Fritz's ideas into the builcUng up of the New South. He is not only an engineer, but a business man; he is not oifly a poUtician, but a patriotic citizen; and I take uncommon pleasure in introducing to you Mr. Daniel A. Tompkins, of Charlotte, N. C.
SPEECH OF MR. DANIEL A. TOMPKINS.
Mr. Tompkins : — Mr. Chainnan, Ladies and Gentle¬ men: I am handicapped with being a provincial before a metropolitan audience, and perhaps an overfed and sleep}' metropolitan audience. I am handicapped in many respects because I came here with a speech prepared to tell how well educated a man John Fritz was, and Abram Hewitt's letter and Mr. Fritz's speech knocked that speech of mine into a cocked hat. Mr. Hewitt said he was not educated at aU.