FOREWORDS FROM OLD FRIENDS.
Many men have written their autobiographies, giving the details of lives which had been more or less useful to their fellow men, and covering periods in the world's history during which events of greater or lesser moment had occurred. It is my privilege to write this foreword to the self-told story of a long life of great activity, whose every accomplishment was for the advancement and betterment of civilization. If ever the appellation of " a self-made man " was correctly applied, it is emphatically so as relat¬ ing to John Fritz. Born from sturdy stock, given very lim¬ ited opportunities for education, but blessed with splendid physical health and strength, and endowed with a clear and logical mind and inherent mechanical genius, he resolutely set himself the task of mastering every problem wliich might confront him in life's struggle, and persistently sought the problems. This necessitated a Hfe of hard labor and frugality, in which was developed a character of great strength, but also one of equal integrity, remarkable simplicity, and broad sympathies. So active a life of necessity encoimtered frequent opposition and many con¬ tests, defeats as well as triumphs, but always conmianding respect and generally receiving affection. Respect and affection for Mr. Fritz are not confijied to his own country or continent. He has been honored by many of the Scien¬ tific Societies of the whole world, and has had many and remarkable evidences of personal esteem and affection from his fellow men, while to the whole Iron and Steel