194 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
Having completed our mission, I returned home, and reported to the Board of Directors what we had done.
While I did not have the honor of being a member of the Peace Commission appointed by the President of the United States to proceed to Paris to settle the difficulties between our country and Spain, yet I had the honor of being ap¬ pointed by the President of the Bethlehem Iron Company, a member of this Commission, and ordered to proceed to Paris, and in company with Lieutenant Jaques, if possible, to negotiate a treaty with the Messrs. Schneider of Creusot, for the right to use all their patents and their secrets, that might be useful in the manufacture of armor plate on the Creusot principle.
After negotiations were completed with Messrs. Schneider of La Creusot, in accordance with our instructions we went to England to visit the Whitworth Works. As I had been requested by our President to return home as soon as pos¬ sible, I sailed for the United States on the first ship leaving Liverpool after the completion of our labors, happy in the consciousness that we had secured the Creusot contract. After a somewhat tempestuous voyage, otherwise imevent¬ ful, I landed in New York; as the mission had been a secret one, there was no reception committee, not even a news¬ paper reporter, or a special train for Bethlehem. There was neither wining nor dining, not even a warm reception. Neither was there any indication that the people at large took any interest whatever in the great work we had ac¬ complished, but I did not take the indifference of the people to heart, being conscious that we had done our duty, and had accomplished a great and far-reacliing work, the result of which is now widely known; and to the wisdom, fore¬ sight, and progressiveness of the President, Directors, and Executive Officers of the Bethlehem Iron Company, and to the inteUigent, indomitable energy and determination of