AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 293
SPEECH OF DR. ROSSITER W. RAYMOND.
Dr. Raymond: — Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen: Nothing less, I think, than the occasion and tiie subject of to-night could have stimulated a busy and a weary man to come here at this hour. I suppose that very few men now Uving or who ever have Uved, or if they did Uve, ever Uved veiy long under such a burden of reiterated, monotonous, successive, and onerous occupations as has been for the past few months, particularly, in view of certain extra volumes and so forth, the lot of the secretary of the Institute of Miiflng Engineers. In fact, when I consider the work of my recent occupation, I can find no paraUel to it except the case of the old fellow who kept a Ughthouse off the Maine coast, who was left alone, tending his Ught, coming to the mainland once in a wlflle to buy himself a plug of tobacco and row himself back again to his lonesome habitation. Well, there was a colporteur and tract distributor in Maine who heard of this hermit and resolved to bring him some spiritual benefits. So on one occasion, seizing the oppor¬ tunity of a calm sea, he rowed himself out of sight of land and reached the distant Ughthouse on the outside line of our coast, and he undertook to leave with the lighthouse keeper a package of useful and inspiring tracts, and the old man said: " Take them away; I haven't got any time for them." (Laughter.) " Why," said the other, " you must have a great deal of time; you have nothing to do here but to tend your Ught. I should think you would be very glad of a Uttle occupation." " Occupation," said the old feUow; " I have got occupation enough. I have got St. Vitus's dance and a Waterbury watch." (Laughter.) That is about the condition of the office of the secretary of the Institute of Mining Engineers. (Laughter.) But if I were weary unto death, methinks I woifld stir myself to