John Grant, old and wealthy, has set his heart on the marriage of his orphan niece, Ethel, to Harry Renolds, son of an old friend. Harry loves Ethel, but she does not return it. While visiting a distant city, Ethel falls in love with and marries Charles Lacy, a poor young man. Harry is visiting at the same place, and when Ethel telegraphs her uncle that she is married, Grant assumes that her husband is Harry, and, dying suddenly, never has his mistake corrected and consequently made no change in his will, by which a million dollars is left to Ethel, to be turned over to her when she is the wife of Harry Renolds. Having married another, she, of course, receives nothing. Ethel and Charley suffer extreme poverty, the husband being almost an invalid. Their only child also needs long and expensive medical treatment. Harry still loves Ethel, but not being wealthy himself, can do little to assist her. Charley determines to kill himself in order that Ethel may be free to marry Harry and ...
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