THE FINANCIER 
had issued one of its numerous reports covering this 
point, and Albert had had the pleasure of seeing Strobik 
and the others withdraw in haste. Naturally he was 
grateful to Cowperwood, even though once he had been 
compelled to cry in vain in his presence. He was anxious 
now to do anything he could to help the banker, but his 
naturally truthful disposition prevented him from telling 
anything except the plain facts, which were partly bene- 
ficial and partly not. 
Stires testified that he recalled Cowperwood's saying 
that he had purchased the certificates, that he was en- 
titled to the money, that Stener was unduly frightened, 
and that no harm would come to him, Albert. He iden- 
tified certain memoranda in the city treasurer's books, 
which were produced, as being accurate, and others in 
Cowperwood's books, which were also produced, as being 
corroborative. His testimony as to Stener's astonishment 
on discovering that his chief clerk had given Cowperwood 
a check was against the latter; but Cowperwood hoped 
to overcome the effect of this by his own testimony 
later. 
During all the examination and cross-examination by 
his lawyer and Shannon, Cowperwood sat solemnly gazing 
at the witness. For once he was fairly interested in this 
dizzy process of law. He could not control this straight- 
forward flow of evidence by Albert. He did not know 
that he wanted to. In the main, it was not unfavorable. 
Altogether it was a very complicated case, and the jury 
showed it in their faces. Up to now both Steger and 
Cowperwood felt that they were doing fairly well, how- 
ever, and that they need not be surprised if they won 
their case. 
The subtlety of law! 
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