Nellie Blair and her father, an invalid, are in hard circumstances, due to the long illness of the latter. They have mortgaged their ranch and the mortgage is held by a young millionaire in a distant city, a local agent, however, representing him. Howell, the agent, however, representing him. Howell, the agent, an unscrupulous and crafty schemer, loves Nellie, and having proposed to her unsuccessfully, finally resolves to make use of the mortgage which he, by law, may foreclose at any time. Howell calls on the old man and insists on being paid. Blair deplores his lack of funds and begs for more time. Howell leaves, finally, with a halfway promise to let the matter stand for a few days, and on his way back to town encounters Nellie. He again presses his suit, but she scorns him, and when he turns on her with blazing eyes, showing her the mortgage and threatening her with the loss of her home, she brands him a coward and hurries away sobbing. Some few days later Milton Rodd, the young ...
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