THE FINANCIER 
fore it as a white portion, and there was the Chicago 
River dividing the city into three almost equal portions 
—the north side, the west side, the south side. He saw 
at once that the city was curiously arranged, somewhat 
like Philadelphia, and that the business section was prob- 
ably an area of two or three miles square, set at the 
juncture of the three sides, and lying south of the main 
stem of the river, where it flowed into the lake after the 
southwest and northwest branches had united to form 
it. This was a significant central area; but, according 
to this map, it was all burned out. "Chicago in Ashes" 
ran a great side-heading set in heavily leaded black type. 
"The business section already a mass of smoldering 
ruins, and the fire still raging in outlying portions; banks, 
wholesale and retail houses, office buildings, and the mag- 
nificent trading section entirely destroyed." It went on 
to detail the sufferings of the homeless, the number of the 
dead, the number of those whose fortunes had been de- 
stroyed. Then it descanted upon the probable effect in 
the East. 
Cowperwood set his teeth. If only the newspapers 
had been called upon to minimize this disaster! He had 
forgotten that. Butler, Mollenhauer, Simpson, and the 
banks could have done it. It might have been discussed 
more gradually. This blast of woe would frighten in- 
vestors. It would cause a rush to sell. Now, unless the 
great money organizations stood firm, there would be a 
terrific slaughter, and he might not be able to realize the 
sum he needed. Still, there was no use to despair! He 
would fight this thing out as he had planned. He would 
go on 'change himself, a thing he rarely did. His personal 
influence might help some. He was considered very 
strong. 
"I wish I were out of this d—d stock-jobbing business," 
he said to himself. " I wish I had never gotten into it." 
He went back into the room and laid the papers down. 
"Well, it looks as though Chicago were really done for. 
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