The foreword of my friend and coUeague, Robert W. Hunt, contains one word which I would fain emphasize in this afterword as the keynote and moral of the Ufe hereinbefore narrated. It is quite needless to point out that the story has been given from the standpoint, and in the words, of Jolm Fritz himself, and that he has told it in characteristic unconsciousness of either keynote or moral. He, who never preached a sermon before, is not preaching a sermon now. But I may venture to do what he has not dreamed of doing; and my text shaU be the word " integ¬ rity," as designating a dominant feature unwittingly ex¬ hibited by these reminiscences.
In endorsing Mr. Hunt's ascription of integrity to John Fritz, I am not merely saying that he never stole money or told Ues or accepted bribes. Praise for such negative virtues would be almost insult. I would give to " integ¬ rity " its original meaning of complete and invulnerable manhood. In this sense, it includes not only the self- respect which scorns dishonesty, but also the courage which asserts conviction, the ambition which accepts responsi¬ biUty, the loyalty which ignores self-interest, and the energy which despises ignoble rest. In a word, it is noble, ardent individualism.
No man achieves success by virtue of his individual quaUties only; and the Ufe of John Fritz shows plainly enough that he won advancement by impressing upon other men his fitness for their needs. In other words, he