A Short Account op the Anniversary Dinner given to John Fritz, the Engineer, and of his Arrest, Trial, and Sentence, at the Opera House, Bethlehem, Pa., September 28, 1892.*
'Twas in the early summer of '92 that two gentlemen, whose famiUes were then in the Adirondacks, but whose business engagements in the city prevented them from being there as weU, sat in the parlor of the Engmeers' Club, enjoying their cigar. The phrase " enjoying their cigar " was purposely chosen because there were but one smoker and one cigar. The smoker evidently enjoyed the smoking, whfle the looker-on enjoyed seeing him smoke, and in watching the curUng wreaths as they slowly floated upward.
" Do you know," said the smoker, as he came back from dreamland long enough to tip with the end of his Uttle finger the dead ashes from off his cigar, " that Uncle John Fritz will be seventy years old in August? "
" Yes," said the non-smoker; " I had heard of it, and I also heard it hinted that he meant after that date to unload himself of a part of the labors and cares he has so long borne in connection with the great estabUshment he has been connected with for so many years."
" WeU, I don't know about that," said the smoker, who with half-closed eyes seemed to be looking backward into the past; " but I teU you what I think, and that is, that the Engineers and other friends of Mr. Fritz ought not to let such an occasion pass without in some way recognizmg the
* Reprint, of a pamphlcl co7npilcd and puUisItcd for private circulation following ike dinner to Mr. Fritz at Bethlehem, Pa., September 28, 1892, signalizing the celebration of the sevetitieth anniversary of his birthday.