Although Strobik had been one of those who under 
pressure from Mollenhauer had advised Stener not to 
let Cowperwood have any more money, yet here he 
was pointing out the folly of the victim's course. The 
thought of the inconsistency involved did not trouble 
him in the least. 
Desmas, who had been speculating on how he would 
have to treat Cowperwood and Stener, decided that he 
might have to make a difference between them. If 
Cowperwood were persona non grata to the "Big Three," 
it might be necessary to be indifferent to him, or at least 
slow in extending him any special favors. For Stener 
a good chair, clean linen, special cutlery and dishes, 
the daily papers, privileges in the matter of mail, the 
visits of friends, and the like. For Cowperwood—well, 
he would have to look at Cowperwood and see what he 
thought. The politicians might not want him to be nice. 
At the same time, Steger's intercessions—which, though 
tentative, had been forcible—were not without their 
effect on Desmas. He had not been there to see Cowper- 
wood when he came into the prison, and had decided 
to wait some hours until the rigors of the place had had 
time to soak in. But the morning after Cowperwood's 
entrance the warden received a letter from Terrence 
Relihan, the Harrisburg potentate, indicating that any 
kindness shown to Mr. Cowperwood would be duly ap- 
preciated by him. Upon the receipt of this letter Desmas 
went up into Overseer Chapin's block and looked through 
Cowperwood's iron door. On the way he had a brief 
talk with Chapin, who told him what a nice man he 
thought Cowperwood was. 
Desmas had never seen Cowperwood in his life before, 
but in spite of the shabby uniform, the clog shoes, the 
cheap shirt, and the wretched cell, he was impressed. 
Instead of the weak, anemic body and the shifty eyes of 
the average prisoner, he saw a man whose form was 
vigorously erect and whose well-shaped head, rising