and then, if the fair reports he laid
before you have really proved true, and if all the results have been fortunate,
to admit the view that that friendship was formed for truth's sake and in the
best interests of the city; but, if the sequel has given the lie to all his
predictions, if it has involved the city in much dishonor and in grievous
perils, then be assured that his own sordid greed has prompted this change of
front, because he has sold the truth for a bribe.