Mrs. Elting's school for young ladies is known throughout the country for its scholarship and high character. The principal's son, Ralph Elting, a young civil engineer, pays his mother a visit and a strong attachment soon develops between him and Ruth Graham, the daughter of wealthy parents, and known as "The Belle of the School." Anna Price, a brilliant scholar, but poor, and who is furnished free tuition and board by the kind-hearted Mrs. Elting, envies the pretty clothes worn by Ruth and the other girls, and the coming of Ralph intensifies the feeling. Money disappears from the girls' rooms, and suspicion is directed towards Anna. Finally Ruth discovers that Anna is really the culprit, but the girl's graphic description of poverty's hardships wins Ruth's sympathy and taking the money she goes to the principal's room and restores it. As she is placing the money in Mrs. Elting's desk, the principal enters, and Ruth is accused of the thefts. To give the other girl her chance, Ruth ...
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