THE FINANCIER 
slowly accumulating a little money through Wingate. He 
had paid Steger considerable sums from time to time, 
until that worthy finally decided that it would not be fair 
to take any more. 
" If ever you get on your feet, Frank," he said, " you 
can remember me if you want to, but I don't think you'll 
want to. It's been nothing but lose, lose, lose for you 
through me. I'll undertake this matter of getting that 
appeal to the governor without any charge on my part. 
Anything I can do for you from now on is free gratis for 
nothing." 
"Oh, don't talk nonsense, Harper," replied Cowper- 
wood. " I don't know of anybody that could have done 
better with my case. Certainly there isn't anybody that 
I would have trusted as much. I don't like lawyers, you 
know." 
" Yes—well," said Steger, " they've got nothing on finan- 
ciers, so we'll call it even." And they shook hands. 
So when it was finally decided to pardon Stoner out— 
which was in the early part of March, 1873—Cowper- 
wood's pardon was necessarily but gingerly included. A 
delegation, consisting of Strobik, Harmon, and Winpenny, 
representing, as it was intended to appear, the unanimous 
wishes of the council and the city administration, and 
speaking for Mollenhauer and Simpson, who had given 
their consent, visited the governor at Harrisburg and made 
the necessary formal representations which were intended 
to impress the public. At the same time, through the 
agency of Steger, Davison, and Walter Leigh, the appeal 
in behalf of Cowperwood was made. The governor, who 
had had instructions beforehand from sources quite 
superior to this committee, was very solemn about the 
whole procedure. He would take the matter under 
advisement. He would look into the history of the 
crimes and the records of the two men. He could make 
no promises—he would see. So in ten days, after allow- 
ing the petitions to gather considerable dust in one of his 
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