and I know it, I feel it. I've felt it coming all along. 
They want to shake us out—shake me out—and they 
are using you right now to hit me. Mollenhauer hasn't 
any more intention of helping you than he has of 
flying. Once you've sold your stocks he's through with 
you—mark my word. Do you think he'll turn a hand 
to keep you out of the penitentiary once you're out of 
this street-railway situation? He will not. And if you 
think so, you're a bigger fool than I take you to be, George. 
Don't go crazy. Don't lose your head. You've gone 
wild overnight. Somebody's frightened the life out of 
you. Be sensible. Look the situation in the face. 
Let me explain it to you. You can see for yourself just 
how things are, if you will only stop for a moment and 
try to see what it is you are going to do. If you don't 
help me now—if you don't let me have three hundred 
thousand dollars by to-morrow noon, at the very latest, 
I'm through, and so are you. There is not a thing the 
matter with our situation. Those stocks of ours are as 
good to-day as they ever were. Why, great heavens, 
man, the railways are there behind them. They're pay- 
ing. The Seventeenth and Nineteenth Street line is earn- 
ing one thousand dollars a day right now. What better 
evidence do you want than that ? Green and Coates is 
earning five hundred dollars. You're frightened, George. 
These damned political schemers have scared you. Why, 
you've as good a right to loan that money as Bode and 
Murtagh had before you. They did it. You've been 
doing it for Mollenhauer and the others, only so long as 
you do it for them it's all right. What's a designated city 
depository but a loan ?" Cowperwood was referring to 
the system under which certain portions of city money, 
like the sinking-fund, were permitted to be kept in certain 
banks at a low rate of interest or no rate—banks in which 
Mollenhauer and Butler and Simpson were interested. This 
was their safe graft. " Don't throw your chances away, 
George. Don't quit now. You're a rich man if you