THE FINANCIER 
it was his business to get it and keep it. Only he must 
never be so foolish another time as to permit himself to 
be caught within the toils of the law. This present diffi- 
culty was due merely to a lack of forethought. If he had 
kept his lines drawn tighter, had held a reserve n govern- 
ment bonds in case of a possible panic, he would not be 
in his present doubtful state. However, here he was, 
and it was necessary to make the best of it. 
The morning after the trial, on waking, he stirred curi- 
ously, and then it suddenly came to him that he was no 
longer in the free and comfortable atmosphere of his own 
bedroom, but in a jail-cell, or rather its very comfortable 
substitute, a sheriff's rented bedroom. He got up and 
looked out the window. The ground outside and Passa- 
yunk Avenue were white with snow. Some wagons were 
lumbering by silently. A few Philadelphians were visible 
here and there, going to and fro on morning errands. He 
began to think at once what he must do, how he must 
act to carry on his business, his efforts to rehabilitate him- 
self ; and as he did so he dressed and pulled the bell-cord, 
which had been indicated to him, and which would bring 
him an attendant who would build him a fire and later 
bring him something to eat. His problems were large 
and significant, and he meditated on them while a shabby 
prison attendant in a blue uniform, conscious of Cowper- 
wood's superiority because of the room he occupied, laid 
wood and coal in the grate and started a fire, and later 
brought him his breakfast, which was anything but prison 
fare, though poor enough at that. He had to take 
what the sheriff served him—ham and eggs, coffee, bread 
and butter, and a little jelly, which Cowperwood ate 
solemnly by himself, speculating on how readily it might 
have been worse. 
He was compelled to wait in patience several hours, 
in spite of the sheriff's assumption of solicitous interest, 
before his brother Edward was admitted with his clothes. 
An. attendant, for a consideration, brought him the morn- 
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