AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
Broadway and leisurely sauntered homeward, thus ending this, the first chapter.
As Mr. Fritz was not a smoker and could not be in¬ fluenced by the tender of a cigar, be it never so fragrant, it was decided that the non-smoker should make the trip to Bethlehem and undertake the somewhat difficult task of obtaining his consent to a dinner or a demonstration of some kind. Understanding the difficulties of the mission, and knowing how fruitless the result woifld be, if it were so awkwardly managed as to elicit the irrevocable "No! I won't have it," the diplomat decided not only to approach Bethlehem by night, but when nearing it he further de¬ cided to pass on and land at Catasauqua, there to secure the aid of a renowned citizen of that borough whose per¬ suasive powers had made him famous. The Catasauqua citizen entered into the conspiracy with the ardor and zeal for which he stands in high repute. He offered at once to " hitch up " and drive over to Bethlehem and aid in the assault upon that peaceful hamlet. Under cover of the darkness the journey was begun, and as the Uvely team sped over the smooth country road, the various methods of making the assault were talked over, and, as now re¬ membered, at the beginning of the journey there was no doubt whatever on the part of anyone but that the consent could be obtained without the least difficulty; but the nearer they came to Bethlehem the less certain this seemed to be, until at the last, as the clattering hoofs of the team awakened echoes in those quiet streets, these doubts had grown to such an extent that it was deemed best not to approach the home of the victim until further assistance could be had from near neighbors and personal friends. So driving about for a time, a home was found which it was said was the residence of an influential friend, but the premises looked suspiciously dark. However, the Catasau-