CHAPTER XXV 

 connections which Cowperwood made during 
the ensuing year and a half with Stener, Strobik, 
Butler, State Treasurer Van Nostrand, State Senator 
Relihan, representative of " the interests," so-called, at 
Harrisburg, ex-City Treasurer Julian Bode, and various 
banks and concerns which were friendly to these gentle- 
men and others of their ilk were numerous and confi- 
dential. For Stener, Strobik, Wycroft, Harmon, and 
himself he executed the North Pennsylvania deal, by 
which he became a holder of a fifth of the controlling 
stock which they knew of, and as much more of smaller 
scattered holdings as he could possibly secure. He had 
advised them that all they needed to buy was a bare 
majority, if so much, of the stock, which they could hold 
jointly; for, as he informed them in a friendly way, the 
rank and file of stockholders never vote. Their interests 
are as a rule too small, their other duties too large. They 
haven't the time. Privately, he believed that a man 
with a sixth interest in a very large corporation, where 
the stock was widely scattered, and where the individual 
holdings were small, could, if he chose, and had the manip- 
ulative and executive faculties, control the entire situa- 
tion; but he did not say so. He thought it would be a 
very easy matter for him to control this North P-nnsyl- 
vania line once these stock transactions were settled, for 
he knew more about it than any one else. He was draw- 
ing up plans for the issue of a new block of stock, to pay 
for the extension of the line, once this sought control had 
been secured and the legislature had granted a franchise. 
He wanted Stener to lay down money for the purchase 
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