THE FINANCIER 
he did know, was most friendly to him. It was not un- 
reasonable for him to think, in a crisis like this, that if 
worst came to worst, he could make a clean breast of it 
to Butler and receive aid. In case he could not get 
through secretly with Stener's help, Cowperwood made 
up his mind that he would do this. 
His first move, however, would be to go at once to 
Stener's house and demand the loan of an additional three 
or four hundred thousand dollars. Stener had always been 
very tractable, and in this instance would see how impor- 
tant it was that his shortage of half a million should not 
be made public. This additional loan would go far toward 
seeing him (Cowperwood) through. But he must get as 
much more as possible. Where to get it ? Presidents of 
banks and trust companies, large stock jobbers, and the 
like, would have to be seen. Then there was a loan of 
one hundred thousand dollars he was carrying for Butler. 
The old contractor might be induced to leave that. He 
hurried to his own house, secured his runabout, and drove 
rapidly to Stener's. 
As it turned out, however, much to his distress and con- 
fusion, Stener was out of town—down on the Chesapeake 
with several friends of Strobik's and Harmon's shooting 
ducks and fishing, and was not expected back for several 
days. Mrs. Stener, all unconscious of calamity impending, 
informed Cowperwood that she was not certain whether 
her husband could be reached quickly by telegraph or not. 
He was in the marshes back of some small town. Cowper- 
wood sent an urgent wire to the nearest point and then, 
to make assurance doubly sure, to several other points 
in the same neighborhood, asking him to return imme- 
diately. He was not at all sure, however, that Stener 
would return in time and was greatly nonplussed and un- 
certain for the moment as to what his next step would be. 
Aid must be forthcoming from somewhere and at once. 
Suddenly a helpful thought occurred to him. Butler 
and Mollenhauer and Simpson were long on local street- 
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