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before the " beloved John " and his friends huge candied representations of some of the striking results of the steel industry, which, but for the work of the great and venera¬ ble chief, had scarcely existed. The modern steel building was exempUfied by a beautififl model of the greatest sky- scraping " Flat Iron " in the world, borne aloft in the arms of the head of the cortege. Then foUowed miniature fac- simfles of the latest steel bridge, the steel-clad battleship Oregon, of the biggest steam and electrical engines built, and of the very latest type of American disappearuig siege guns, such as are now being mounted along our Atlantic coast, beside which stood some toy cannon baUs. Then foUowed stfll other mechanical designs, intended to em¬ phasize the triumph of the steel industry which John Fritz has done so much to create.
And now for the feast of reason and flow of soul, since " man should not Uve by bread alone." Behind an antique- looking tribune, buflt on a sUghtly elevated platform over¬ looking the joyous multitude, sat " Uncle John " in the midst of the orators of the night, their noble and friendly faces framed in by banks of ferns and flowers, against a background of the three colors we love the best, broken nfldway by mysteriously closed curtains, at the parting of which we had expected some hand to trace writings upon the waU, in letters of steel and words of heaven's fire,
" An honest man, the noblest work of God ";
but when the curtains opened, it was to introduce the uiter- esting ceremony of the medal presentation of which the " Honest Man " was the first recipient. Then foUowed the reading of a noble epistie from Hon. Abram S. Hewitt. One of the veterans of the art, detained by the infirmities of ad¬ vancing age, he penned his message fuU of wisdom and good cheer, to which the house responded with heartfelt and en-