THE FINANCIER 
doesn't show up here before Monday at eight o'clock, 
will you, or Sunday night, anyhow? He's perfectly re- 
liable, as you know." Steger was sounding Jaspers out, 
politely trying to make the time of Cowperwood's arrival 
a trivial matter in order to avoid paying the hundred 
dollars, if possible. But Jaspers was not to be so easily 
disposed of. His fat face lengthened considerably. 
How could Steger ask him such a favor and not even sug- 
gest the slightest form of remuneration? 
"It's ag'in' the law, Mr. Steger, as you know," he 
began, cautiously and complainingly. " I'd like to ac- 
commodate him, everything else being equal, but since 
that Albertson case three years ago we've had to run this 
office much more careful, and—" 
"Oh, I know, Sheriff," interrupted Steger, blandly, 
"but this isn't an ordinary case in any way, as you can 
see for yourself. Mr. Cowperwood is a very important 
man, and he has a great many things to attend to. Now 
if it were only a mere matter of seventy-five or a hundred 
dollars to satisfy some court clerk with, or to pay a 
fine, it would be easy enough, but—" He paused and 
looked wisely away, and Mr. Jaspers's face began to relax 
at once. The law against which it was ordinarily so hard 
to offend was not now so important. Steger saw that it 
was needless to introduce any additional arguments. 
"It's a very ticklish business, this, Mr. Steger," put 
in the sheriff, complainingly, but yieldingly. " If any- 
thing were to happen, it would cost me my place prac- 
tically. I don't like to do it under any circumstances, 
and I wouldn't, only I happen to know both Mr. Cowper- 
wood and Mr. Stener, and I like 'em both. I don't think 
they got their rights in this matter, either. I don't mind 
making an exception in this case if Mr. Cowperwood 
don't go about too publicly. I wouldn't want any of 
the men in the district attorney's office to know this. 
I don't suppose he'll mind if I keep a deputy somewhere 
near all the time for looks' sake. I have to, you know, 
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