228 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
event, and in some way honoring the man, who, by his kindly, loving disposition, his untiring industry, and his rare mechanical genius, has done so much for the company he is connected with, and for the profession of engineering, of which he is so conspicuous a member."
'' Well, that's an idea that does you credit," said the non-smoker, as he took a sniff out of the ascending wreath of incense as it took its upward flight, " and I not only agree with you myself, but I am certain that all over this broad land are friends of John Fritz who would do so also, and who, I know, would be glad to join in any scheme that had such an end in view."
So in the gathering twiUght of the summer day these two gentlemen at their club taUced over a variety of things, which, if they could be brought about, would accompUsh, as they thought, the desired purpose. One was to invite Mr. Fritz to come to New York and give him a dinner at the club; but the objection to this was the inviting a gentie- man away from his home on his birthday. Another plan was to present him through the means of a committee with a testimonial of some kind. The objection to this was that it would not bring his friends together where they could shake him by the hand and offer him their individual con¬ gratulations. Then it was proposed that a few friends should go to Bethlehem and have a dinner at a hotel, to which he should be invited, and this seemed to be the most feasible of aU; but it was not forgotten that the person whom it was proposed to honor was extremely modest, and shy of demonstrations of every knid, and that, in view of this fact, it would be best to catch our hare before preparing it for a banquet, and the conclusion arrived at was that in some way the consent of Mr. Fritz must be obtained before anything could be done, and as the cigar had burned to the end the two conspirators went out into the electric-Ughted