Peter Lang, a retired army veteran, receives a pension which is just enough to enable him to live comfortably in a cozy flat and to keep a Chinese man servant. In his younger days Peter had been a wild one, but now, being paralyzed from his knees down, is confined to a chair built especially to accommodate his mountainous anatomy, Peter weighing over 300 lbs. To the arm of this chair is fastened his old cavalry saber. His life is not dull, however, for almost every day he has as guests a half dozen old veterans like himself. At their rallies the bottle flows freely and their numerous toasts to the "old days" often go to their heads. Peter's cousin, Moriah Lang, is desirous of reforming Peter, so when she dies, rather than leave him her fortune of $20,000 to drink himself to death with, she alms to kill two birds with one stone by leaving the money to Sally Nelson, an old maid friend, with the proviso that she marry Peter and share the fortune with him, her idea being that married to a...
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