THE FINANCIER 
little man, dark, with a short, stubby mustache, and a 
shrewd though not highly intelligent eye, who was anxious 
first to uphold his dignity as a deputy sheriff, which was a 
very important position in his estimation, and next to 
turn an honest penny if he could. He knew little save 
the details of his small world, which consisted of accom- 
panying prisoners to and from the courts and the jails, 
and seeing that they did not get away. He was not un- 
friendly to a particular type of prisoner—the well-to-do 
or moderately prosperous—for he had long since learned 
that it paid to be so. To-night he offered a few sociable 
suggestions—viz., that it was rather rough, that the jail 
was not so far but that they could walk, and that Sheriff 
Jaspers would, in all likelihood, be around or could be 
aroused. Cowperwood scarcely heard. He was thinking 
of his mother and his wife and of Aileen. 
When the jail was reached Cowperwood was led to the 
door of the central portion, as it was here that the sheriff, 
Adlai Jaspers, had his private office. Jaspers had recently 
been elected to office, and was inclined to conform to all 
the outer appearances, in so far as the proper conduct of 
his office was concerned, without in reality inwardly con- 
forming. Thus it was generally known among the poli- 
ticians that one way he had of fattening his rather lean 
salary was to rent private rooms and grant special privi- 
leges to prisoners who had the money to pay for the same. 
Other sheriffs had done it before him. In fact, when 
Jaspers was inducted into office several prisoners were 
already enjoying these privileges, and it was not a part of 
his scheme of things to disturb them. The rooms that he 
let to the "right parties," as he invariably put it, were in 
the central portion of the jail, where were his own private 
living quarters. They were unbarred, and not at all cell- 
like. There was no particular danger of escape, for a 
guard stood always at his private door instructed " to 
keep an eye" on the general movements of all the inmates. 
A prisoner so accommodated was in many respects quite 
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