Jack Hardy, a wealthy young bachelor, loves Ann Harris, daughter of a banker. He is proposing to her when a note arrives from her father, saying he is to be arrested for embezzling and has committed suicide rather than face the disgrace. Ann sends Jack away and takes a position as nurse in a family going to Europe, rather than have her lover burdened with the shadow of her father's act. Two years elapse. Fate picks Katie O'Brien to bring the lovers together. Katie, whose mother is a washwoman, tends the baby in the street. While she is in the residential section she meets a pretty but weary looking nurse girl, tending a baby boy. The nurse girl admits that she doesn't like caring for the baby. Katie remembers. Later, Katie's charge is saved from drowning in a sewer ditch by a strange young man. This young man playfully offers to buy the baby for fifty cents. Katie refuses, but says she knows where she can get a baby for him. The young man gives her fifty cents. Katie, watching her ...
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