The gazer is an aged astronomer, who earns a meager living for himself and his daughter with his telescope, at five cents per look. His daughter falls in love with a newspaper reporter. They become engaged. The matter of a trousseau on a slender purse troubles them. The father endeavors to raise money by securing a second mortgage on their home. He fails. During his absence his daughter cleans house. While polishing with kerosene oil, a fire breaks out in the room. Its furnishings are burned. A fireman, after putting out the blaze, discovers a charred rag, saturated with kerosene. He becomes suspicious. So the next day when the old man comes to collect his fire insurance, he is accused of arson and arrested. The reporter visits the house and finds a fireman on watch. A fresh fire breaks out and the reporter, in looking for the cause, discovers a ray of sun, reflected through the telescope, focused at a small spot on the dry floor. It smolders and ignites, thus proving that the ...
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