AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 175
sistent men in the country." I said, " What now? " He said, " You are at aU times preaclflng protection, and I now want some four-by-six-mch angles and cannot get them short of going to England for them." I ventured to say rather facetiously, " If you had let me go into the structural business, you could get any shapes you wanted." I then said, " How long do you want them? " He said, " It is useless to talk about them. I have tried all the best mills in the country and they can't make them." " Well," I repUed, " tell me how long you want them and in less than two weeks' time you wiU have them in any lengths you want them, and you can't get them from England at best short of four weeks." I at once ordered a set of rolls turned up, and in about the time named we sent for him to come and see the four-by-six-inch angle, some eighty feet in length, and see if it was aU right, and would suit him. He came to see it and was much pleased with it. He said he would give us a Ust of what he wanted and give us the order, and said he thought the longest of them would be between fifty and sixty feet. I told liim we could roll them one hundred feet if he should want them. This was the first four-by-six-inch angle that was rolled in this country. They were roUed in the old miU on the twenty-one-inch train, and I must con¬ fess we were aU a Uttle proud of the result.
The Bethlehem Iron Company made many mistakes, but their refusal to go into the manufacture of structural mate¬ rial at the time alluded to was to my mind the greatest. Later Mr. C. M. Schwab acquired the entire property, and erected a structural steel plant, which is now in success¬ ful operation.
Shortly after I had failed to get the company to go mto the rolUng of structural material, I suggested the propriety of building a plate mill, as plates of large size and high-grade in quaUty and finish were wanted. I said that in the