mercial arrangements which occur in every American 
city, and that is what this particular paragraph is intended 
to illustrate. 
Stener, before his induction into office and in fact 
some time before he was even nominated, had learned from 
Mr. Strobik, who, by the way, was one of his sureties as 
treasurer (which suretyship was against the law, as 
were those of Councilmen Wycroft and Harmon, the law 
of Pennsylvania stipulating that one political servant 
might not become surety for another), that they would not 
ask him to do anything which it was not perfectly legal 
for him to do, but that he must be complacent and not 
stand in the way of big municipal perquisites nor bite the 
hands that fed him. They did not and never had. Not 
only did Strobik, Wycroft, and Harmon make this 
perfectly plain to him, but also that once he was well 
in office a little money for himself was to be made. 
As has been indicated, Mr. Stener had always been a 
poor man. He had seen all those who had dabbled in 
politics to any extent about him heretofore do very well 
financially indeed, while he pegged along as an insurance 
and real-estate agent. He had worked hard as a small 
political henchman. Other politicians were building them- 
selves nice homes in newer portions of the city. They 
were going off to New York or Harrisburg or Washington 
on jaunting parties. They were seen in happy converse 
at road-houses or country hotels in season with their 
wives or their women favorites, and he was not, as yet, of 
this happy throng. He was promised something. What 
would he get ? 
When it came to this visit from Mr. Mollenhauer, withits 
suggestion in regard to bringing city loan to par, although 
it bore no obvious relation to Mollenhauer's distant con- 
nection with Stener, or his control of Strobik and the 
others, yet Stener dimly recognized it to be such, and hur- 
ried to the latter for information. 
" Just what would you do about this ?" he asked of