On the morning of this day, according to Stener, he had 
sent Cowperwood a letter ordering him to cease pur- 
chasing city loan certificates for the sinking-fund. It 
was after their conversation on the same afternoon that 
Cowperwood surreptitiously secured the check for sixty 
thousand dollars from Albert Stires without his (Stener's) 
knowledge; and it was subsequent to this latter again 
that Stener, sending Albert to demand the return of the 
check, was refused, though the next day at five o'clock 
in the afternoon Cowperwood made an assignment. This 
was dark testimony for Cowperwood. 
If any one imagines that all this was done without many 
vehement objections and exceptions made and taken by Mr. 
Steger, and subsequently when he was cross-examining 
Mr. Stener, by Mr. Shannon, they will err greatly. The 
chamber was coruscating at times with these two gentle- 
men's bitter wrangles, and his honor was compelled to 
hammer his desk with his gavel, and to threaten both with 
contempt of court, in order to bring them to a sense of 
order. Mr. Steger was most bitter in his characterization 
of Mr. Shannon's motives, and finally they nearly came to 
blows over the question as to whether Mr. Shannon was 
a shyster, as charged by Mr. Steger. The jury was 
amused and interested. Judge Payderson was highly 
"You gentlemen will have to stop this, or I tell you now 
that you will both be heavily fined. This is a court of 
law, not a bar-room. Mr. Steger, I expect you to apolo- 
gize to me and your colleague at once. Mr. Shannon, I 
must ask that you use less aggressive methods. Your 
mariner is offensive to me. It is not becoming to a court 
of law. I will not caution either of you again." 
Both lawyers apologized as lawyers do on such occasions, 
but it really made but little difference. Their individual 
attitudes and moods continued about as before. 
"What did he say to you," asked Mr. Shannon of Mr. 
Stener, after one of these troublesome interruptions, "on