3l8 AUTOBIOGRjiPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
thusiastic applause. The Navy was represented by Rear- Admiral George W. MelviUe, one of the best and bravest of the nation's heroes, whose exploits and achievements in the Lena Delta astonished the world. Then congratula¬ tory messages were read, coining " from the four comers of the round world." Then the Army was responded to by General Grifiin, and able speeches generously savored with Attic salt were enjoyed from representatives of the four great American Societies and Institutes of Civfl, Miiflng, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineers. The facetious man¬ ufacturer of " lucky omens " from up-coimtry discoursed on the Lehigh VaUey and its neighbors, and last, but not least, one of Uncle John's boys dwelt on the days of his brother old-boys in a speech redundant with wit and humor. And when the last good-by was spoken to the warm pressure of the hand, aU went on their various ways, feeling it had been good to be there.
The event was a rg,re success from beginning to end; thanks to the ingenuity, good taste, and appreciative realiza¬ tion of the eternal fitness of things on the part of the various committees. Kindness and good-wiU had conceived the idea, talented abiUty had carried it out, the weU-earned laurels of a truly good and great man had been scattered along his upward path to the land of aU possibflities, while yet he nflght gather them up, see the friend's face, and press the Idndly hand who brought them. No post-mortem eulogiums, no flower-decked tomb could so wefl keep fresh the memory of one whom his feUow men loved to honor, while yet he trod the ways of Ufe with them.
J. B. T.