THE FINANCIER 
Steger, his lawyer, drew up documents which named Jay 
Cooke & Co., Edward Clark & Co., Drexel & Co., and 
others as preferred. He knew that even though dissatis- 
fied holders of smaller shares in his company brought 
suit and compelled readjustment or bankruptcy later, 
the intention shown to prefer some of his most influential 
aids was important. They would like it, and might help 
him later when all this was over. Besides, suits in plenty 
are an excellent way of tiding over a crisis of this kind 
until stocks and common sense are restored, and he was 
for many suits. Harper Steger smiled once rather grim- 
ly, even in the whirl of the financial chaos where smiles 
were few, as they were figuring it out. 
"Frank," he said, " you're a wonder. You'll have a 
network of suits spread here shortly, which no one can 
break through. They'll all be suing each other." 
Cowperwood smiled. 
"I only want a little time, that's all," he replied. 
Nevertheless, for the first time in his life he was a little 
depressed; for now this business, to which he had devoted 
years of active work and thought, was ended. He, 
Frank A. Cowperwood, was insolvent. His house and 
many interesting private belongings were in danger of 
being immediately swept away. His father, because of 
him, was a bankrupt also, and might immediately be re- 
moved unless something were done to restore the credit 
of his son. The worst thing, of course, was the matter of 
the treasury loan, and what it represented. This notable 
defection of Stener worried Cowperwood. He sensed 
the cunning and animosity of bigger men behind it—pos- 
sibly Butler now, for he knew the latter's estranged atti- 
tude to be a certainty; and he did not see clearly how the 
matter was to be arranged without some talk, and pos- 
sibly action, which would be injurious. He did think of 
going to Mollenhauer, whom he knew of indirectly, and 
laying the whole matter before him, but he was so busy 
with other matters for the first day or two that he had no