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No doubt about it," answered Peter. " Peter clenched his hands and summoned his resolution. "First," he said, "you and me got to have an understanding. Mr. " said McGivney. " demanded the man with the face of a rat. Rat-like, he was retreating into a corner, his sharp black eyes watching his enemy. " he repeated. Peter had tried his best to rise to this occasion. Was he not working for the greatest and richest concern in American City, the Traction Trust? Tens and hundreds of millions of dollars they were worth--he had no idea 100%: The Story of a Patriot 31 how much, but he knew they could afford to pay for his secret.
Then there were all the witnesses for the defense. Thru another mischance it had happened that half a dozen different people had seen the bomb thrown from the roof of Guggenheim's Department Store; which entirely contradicted the suit-case theory upon which the prosecution was based. So now it was necessary to "reach" these various witnesses. One perhaps had a mortgage on his home which could be bought and foreclosed; another perhaps had a wife who wanted to divorce him, and could be persuaded to help get him into trouble.
He had really got his grip on the ladder of prosperity now; he must not fail to tighten it. McGivney saw right away from Peter's face that something had happened. " he inquired. " exclaimed Peter. " "Christ! " cried the other. "No doubt about it," answered Peter. " Peter clenched his hands and summoned his resolution. "First," he said, "you and me got to have an understanding. Mr. " said McGivney. " demanded the man with the face of a rat. Rat-like, he was retreating into a corner, his sharp black eyes watching his enemy.