Anna Little is a stenographer in the office of William Wharton, a broker, who also employs her old grandfather as a clerk. The grandfather has an addiction to drink. Anna is secretly engaged to Tom Mason, a young civil engineer, who is at present engaged in the building of a railroad out west. Wharton does not know of this engagement, and one day he finds the old grandfather stealing money from his desk. The grandfather, thinking Wharton will send him to prison, appeals to the granddaughter to save him, and Wharton in a moment of weakness, thinking that he could make the girl love him, lets the old man think that he will send him to jail unless Anna will marry him. A vision of the poor, wrinkled old face behind the bars is too much for Anna and she consents. Wharton, after they are married, notices that his wife is distant to him, but does not press his love, as he thinks to win her with kindness and consideration. He is unsuccessful, however, and Anna constantly thinks of Tom, to ...
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