Tom Carlton, leader of a band of Western bandits, tires of his life of crime and resolves to reform. Calling his band together, he tells them of his desire to be an honest man and advises them to follow in his steps. Although a recognized "road-agent," Carlton had never been convicted and went his way among the people without fear of arrest. Carlton finds that a resolution to be good is the first and easiest step in the reformation of a sinner. He applies for work on a ranch, but is refused because of his shady character. He wanders about the country and finally applies for a job at a mine. He works there until he is recognized as the former bandit and is again driven away. Disgusted and in despair, he wanders away, resolving to return to the old life. Making his way along the stage road, he stops to watch the coach go by. It carries many passengers, all of whom appear to be exceedingly prosperous. He resolves to hold up the coach and, stealing a horse from a cowboy, he gallops off ...
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