THE FINANCIER 
kind. Let them be fed with emotional, sentimental, 
or academic straw, if possible, and be persuaded to be- 
lieve that it was solid food. As for him, he would go 
his way, get strong and powerful, because he could 
not so be fed. He went over his history for Mr. Steger 
and the jury, and put the sanest, most comfortable light 
on it that he could. He had not gone to Mr. Stener in 
the first place, he said—he had been called. He had not 
urged Mr. Stener to anything. He had merely shown 
him and his friends financial possibilities which they 
were only too eager to seize upon. And they had seized 
upon them. (It was not possible for Mr. Shannon to 
discover at this period how subtly he had organized his 
street-car companies so that he could have "shaken out" 
Mr. Stener and his friends without their being able to 
voice a single protest, so he talked of these things as 
opportunities which he had made for Stener and others. 
Mr. Shannon was not a financier, neither was Mr. Steger. 
They had to believe in a way, though they doubted it, 
partly—particularly Shannon.) Cowperwood was not re- 
sponsible for the custom prevailing in the office of the city 
treasurer, he said. He was a banker and broker. The 
jury looked at him, and believed all except this matter 
of the sixty-thousand-dollar check. When it came to 
that he explained it all plausibly enough. When he had 
gone to see Stener those several last days, he had not 
fancied that he was really going to fail. He had asked 
Stener for some money, it is true—not so very much, all 
things considered—one hundred and fifty thousand dollars; 
but, as Stener should have testified, he (Cowperwood) 
was not disturbed in his manner. Stener had merely 
been one resource of his. He was satisfied at that 
time that he had many others. He had not used 
the forceful language or made the urgent appeal which 
Stener said he had, although he had pointed out to 
Stener that it was a mistake to become panic-stricken 
in any way or to withhold further credit. Stener was 
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