Jim Starkey is betrothed to Jane Learoyd, the daughter of old Noah Learoyd. Both men work in the factory of Richard Readley, who makes advances to Jane. To free herself from his attentions, she arranges to meet the employer of her father and sweetheart near her house at night. Her father learns of the appointment, and loads an old-fashioned pistol, in which he uses as a wad a portion of a letter written to his daughter by her sweetheart, Jim. He then starts out for the place of the appointment, and, seeing his daughter in the arms of his employer, believes that she is dishonored and shoots him. At that instant he loses his mind. His daughter Jane knows that he has done murder, but her sweetheart Jim is accused. The wad is found near the body, and the fact that it is in his handwriting is used as evidence against him. At the moment of the murder, however, Jim was in another city saying farewell to his chum Johnny, who is leaving for Europe on an Atlantic liner. When Jim returns to his ...
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