Rudolph Burmeister, an old musician in straightened circumstances, is shown composing at a piano. Suddenly his face lights up, as the inspired melody fills the air. He repeats it and then writes it on music paper. In the room above the old musician, lives Richard Davidge, a keen-eared young man, who is also poor, but whose face is filled with the look of lurking evil. He listens with quickening interest to the music of the old master. The new melody fascinates him and he writes it down as he bears it. Then he rushes out with it. The old musician calls his daughter and she listens to the air, and is at once thrilled with the haunting beauty of the melody. The scene shifts to the office of Henry Richard, a popular publisher, when Richard Davidge appears with his freshly written manuscript. He knows the value of his discovery and plays it in a fashion that wins the publisher, and he gets it on a royalty basis, with $500 in advance. Time passes. The old musician has been seriously ill, ...
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