Major Morris, a country gentleman, has an adopted daughter, Marian Lane, to whom he proposes to leave his fortune. His nephew, George Morris, is in love with Marian, but more particularly with her prospective wealth. Wishing to obtain a portrait of her, Morris engages a young artist, Alfred Earle, The picture is painted in the style of a famous masterpiece. A speedy attachment springs up between Marian and Earle. George, jealous, comes upon Marian's picture one day at its completion, and, taking a knife, rents it. Earle declares his love, the major consents and Earle and Marian are married. The major gives them a pretty bungalow on his estate, called "The House in The Woods." They take possession, and for a time all goes well. Then George begins the machinations whereby he effects an estrangement between his uncle and Marian. A famous portrait in the major's library mysteriously disappears, George, who has himself stolen it, convinces his uncle that it was taken by Earle and sold for ...
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