THE FINANCIER 
appeared identify it or not, as the case might be. If 
the door was not opened and the room was not empty, 
it would eventually be forced. The house was one of a 
solid block, so that there was no chance of escape save 
by the front and rear doors, which were to be safeguarded. 
It was a daringly conceived scheme. In spite of all this, 
secrecy in the matter of removing Aileen was to be at- 
tained. 
When Butler heard of this he was nervous about the 
whole terrible procedure. He thought once that with- 
out going to the house he would merely talk to his daugh- 
ter, declaring that he knew and that she could not pos- 
sibly deny it. He would then give her her choice between 
going to Europe or going to a reformatory. A sense of 
the raw brutality of Aileen's disposition, and something 
essentially coarse in himself, made him adopt the other 
method eventually. He told Mr. Alderson to perfect his 
plan, and once he found Aileen or Cowperwood entering 
the house to inform him quickly. He would then drive 
there, and with the assistance of these men confront her. 
It was a foolish scheme, a brutalizing thing to do, 
both from the point of view of affection and any correc- 
tive theory he might have had. No good ever springs 
from violence—none. But Butler did not see that. He 
wanted to frighten Aileen, to bring her by shock to a 
realization of the enormity of the thing she was doing. 
He waited fully a week after his word had been given; 
and then, one afternoon, when his nerves were worn 
almost thin from fretting, the climax came. He sensed 
a deadly contest with his daughter in case he tried to 
carry through this scheme to its ultimate conclusion— 
reformatory and all; but still he did not desist. He 
really wanted to know definitely for himself. 
It was one afternoon, about November loth, when 
Cowperwood was most busy with the many lawsuits and 
other things that were troubling him, that Butler finally 
took the contemplated action. Cowperwood had already 
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