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in the process to agree that on our return home we would recommend the Bethlehem Iron Company to make some arrangement, if possible, whereby they could use the Creusot patents and the benefit of their secrets and their experience. This we did, and we explamed to the directors all we had seen and what had been accompUshed, and strongly urged them to take the subject up and learn what arrangements, if any, could be made. They Ustened to us, but with seeming indifference. However, in a short time after this meeting, and after some delay and much talk, the Board concluded to take up the subject. They did this, but could not come to an agreement.
Mr. Jaques and I were sent to Paris to meet Mr. Schnei¬ der and learn if any arrangement could be made that would be satisfactory to both parties. This was in the summer of 1887. We met in Mr. Schneider's office with his lawyer, and after a somewhat formal introduction the subject was taken up by Mr. Jaques and the lawyer in the French language. I could not imderstand a single word either of them said, but I was very proud of Jaques; he kept cool and could talk as fast as that French lawyer could.
Mr. Schneider was a thorough gentleman. I thought I could see that he was not pleased with all that his lawyer said, and he would occasionaUy speak to me in a way that confirmed my thoughts. After a time I got tired Ustening to a talk of which I could not understand a word that was said, and got up and walked into an adjoirflng room. In a few minutes Mr. Schneider foUowed and said to me, "Should we fafl this time to come to some understanding, will this end the negotiation? " I told him that I was not authorized to say so, but my opinion was that it would. After some further conversation on the subject, on matters of detafl, he said he would accept, and have an agreement made in accordance with the understanding we had just arrived at.