Joshua Barstow, a natural born tyrant, domineers over his wife and daughter Emily. Old Frick, the village skinflint, forces his attentions upon Emily but proves helpless in an emergency and young Clary, her sweetheart, comes to the rescue. Barstow has a dispute with Clary over a boundary line, and, becoming embittered against the young man, orders him from the house when he calls to ask for Emily's hand. Barstow's furious temper gets the best of him. He grabs a chair and hurls it at Clary, but through an accident it strikes his wife. Believing he has killed her he rushes from the house and wanders all night through the woods, a victim of remorse. Clary induces Emily and her mother to take refuge in his home. Barstow, half-crazed, wanders on to Clary's property the next day. There he is seen by the wife, who, womanlike, forgives him and the family is once more united, the tyrant having been completely regenerated.
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