THE FINANCIER 
Jaspers will be around here to-morrow looking for you. 
It's his duty to take you into custody again, once he's 
notified that your appeal has been denied. He'll be 
wanting to lock you up unless you pay him, but we can 
fix that. If you do want to wait, and want any time off, 
I suppose he'll arrange to let you out with a deputy; but 
I'm afraid you'll have to stay there nights. They're 
pretty strict about that since that Albertson case of a 
few years ago." 
Steger referred to the case of a noted bank cashier 
who, being let out of the county jail at night in the al- 
leged c..:(:,tody of a deputy, was permitted to escape. 
There had been emphatic and severe condemnation of 
the sheriff's office at the time, and since then, repute or 
no repute, money or no money, convicted criminals were 
supposed to stay in the county jail at night at least. 
Cowperwood meditated this calmly, looking out of the 
lawyer's window into Second Street. He did not much 
fear anything that might happen to him in Jaspers's 
charge since his first taste of that popular gentleman's 
hospitality, although he did object to spending nights in 
the county jail when his general term of imprisonment 
was being reduced no whit thereby. All that he could 
do now in connection with his affairs, unless he could 
have months of freedom, could be as well adjusted from 
a prison cell as from his Third Street office—not quite, 
but nearly so. Anyhow, why parley? He was facing a 
prison term, and he might as well accept it without 
further ado. He might take a day or two finally to look 
after his affairs; but beyond that, why bother? 
" When, in the ordinary course of events, if you did 
nothing at all, would I come up for sentence?" 
" Oh, Friday or Monday, I fancy," replied Steger. 
" I don't know what move Shannon is planning to make 
in this matter. I thought I'd walk around and see him 
in a little while." 
"I think you'd better do that," replied Cowperwood
 
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