When Tony Roig arrived in America he had very little money, but was told he could increase it considerably at the gambling table. Tony was good to look at and the sharks looking upon him as a useful member, allowed him to win until he had $200 to the good. With part of this capital he sent to Italy for his mother and Louisa, his sweetheart. In due time they arrived and were installed in humble lodgings. Tony's good fortune did not last and presently he found himself embarrassed. Among his acquaintances was one Josef Vochman, a pawn broker, and Tony approached him for the modest sum of $150. Vochman usually got collateral for his loans, but Tony had nothing to offer. Vochman made a strange proposition. He knew that Louisa was pretty and he would loan the money for a week, if he would send the girl to his home as a pledge. She would he useful in the shop to clean the jewelry and dress the window, and as he, Vochman, had a good mother, Louisa would he well cared for. The proposition was ...
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