298 AUTOBIOGRjiPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
and Mr. Henry Scott was unavoidably detained. Mr. Fritz, I present this to you in the name of Mr. Irving M. Scott of San Francisco. (Applause.)
The Toastmaster: — I suppose that no other body of men ever spofled so much good steel as the mechanical engineers. (Applause.) And I know of no one so well quaUfied to apologize for them as their honored past presi¬ dent, whom I shaU presently introduce. It is especially fitting that he shaU speak here, because he was one of the Bessemer boys in the very infancy of the art. He worked under and with John Fritz and George Fritz and Bfll Jones, and that soaring genius, that beautiful spirit, that greatest of them aU, Alexander HoUey. (Applause.) What a priv- flege it was to begin one's Ufe work building up a great art in such company! It is my privilege now to introduce to you that highly favored gentleman, Capt. Robert W. Hunt. (Applause.)
SPEECH. OF CAPT. ROBERT W. HUNT.
Captain Hunt: — Mr. Toastmaster, Ladies and Gentle¬ men : My tongue would have to be palsied if I could not re¬ spond to such an introduction. The only thing that makes it embarrassing is that my name should be coupled with those greater ones. But it was, thank God, from the in¬ spiration of them, that any success wlflch may have come to me has been my lot to achieve. And serving under John Fritz, could you ask a better pioneer, could you ask a greater, a more inspiring commander? (Applause.) The American Society of Mechanical Engineers probably made one great mistake in their selection of a president; outside of that their roU shows a Une of names of most distinguished gentlemen, and among them none tower so high as that of John Fritz. He made our society great, not only in this land but in the lands of the world. Raymond says we took