AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 29
times caUed long town baU, the predecessor of modern base- baU. In the simpUcity of my boyhood days I thought this a very great honor, and imagined that it was a great step on the road to manhood, the goal of boys' ambition. This was the second of the two winters and the last school that I attended.
Being now between the ages of fifteen and sixteen, I was fuUy impressed with the importance of a good education, and did my best at this session to get it, and not %vithout some good results. At the close of the session, the teacher commended me for what I had accompUshed in the way of mathematics, and said that the next winter I should take up the subject of mensuration, as it would be a useful branch of education in after Ufe. That subject was attain¬ able at the schools as they then existed, but, most unfortu¬ nately for me, it was the last schooling I received, except the one month of schooUng provided in my articles of apprenticeship. But it was not only in mathematics that I was successful, as I ranked second in the baU game, as it was played at that time. Judging by the interest some coUeges of to-day take in basebaU and football games, success in them is more important than in mathematics and aU other studies.
I have given a brief account of the last two years of farm Ufe and the last two years of my happy schoolboy days. I said good-by to my loved companions and the playmates of my early youth, a large majority of whom I have never since seen, and many never heard of. Having no class or graduating days, and no Aumni Associations, to hold or call us together, except by mere accident, we lost sight of each other for aU time. I often think, when I hear and read of the meetings of the Aumni Associations of the many colleges and schools, how thankful the graduates should be for the opportimity they now have for securing an educa-