supposed to organize, or had organized under previous 
administrations, such as Bode's, consisted of organizations 
dealing in meat, building material, lamp-posts, highway 
supplies, anything you will, which the city departments 
or its institutions needed. A city contract once awarded, 
say to supply beef to the city's institutions, or lamp-posts 
and other iron equipments to the highways department, 
was irrevocable, but certain councilmen had to be fixed in 
advance and it took money to do that. The company 
so organized need not do any actual business. It need 
not slaughter any cattle or mold lamp - posts. All it 
had to do was to organize to do that, obtain a charter, 
secure a contract for supplying such material to the city 
from the city council (which Mr. Strobik, Mr. Harmon, 
and Mr. Wycroft would attend to), and then sublet this 
to some actual beef-slaughterer or iron-founder, who would 
supply the material and allow them to pocket their profit. 
It was so easy and in a way so legitimate. The particular 
beef-slaughterer or iron-founder thus favored could not 
hope of his own ability thus to obtain a contract. He 
ought to be glad to obtain it under any circumstances 
from Messrs. Strobik, Harmon, and Wycroft. Mr. 
Stener, or whoever was in charge of the city treasury at 
the time, for his services in loaning money at a low rate 
of interest to be used as surety for the proper performance 
of contract, and to aid in some instances the beef-killer or 
iron-founder to carry out his end, was to be allowed not 
only the one or two per cent. which he might pocket 
(other treasurers had), but a fair proportion of the profits. 
A complacent, confidential chief clerk who was all right 
would be recommended to him. It did not concern Mr. 
Stener that Mr. Strobik, Mr. Harmon, and Mr. Wycroft 
acting for Mr. Mollenhauer were incidentally planning to 
use a little of the money loaned for purposes quite outside 
that indicated. It was his business to loan it. And any- 
how that is another story. But it indicates the sub- 
tleties and ramifications of these political-financial-com-