Julia Seaton, a rich heiress, has two suitors, Dr. John Seymour, a wealth physician, and Richard Calhoun, a poor lawyer. They both propose on the same evening, but while inclined to prefer John, Julia has not yet made a definite choice, and tells both to come back in a month for their answer. The scene shifts to the squalid home of a charwoman, Mrs. Smith, who, ill in bed and unable to earn the rent money, is about to be evicted with her tiny daughter, May. The mother faints from weakness, and May rushes for a doctor. She sees Seymour's sign in a window and asks him to help her mother. Then the man shows his character. Because she has no money, he turns her away. Calhoun, the lawyer, meets May, learns of her plight, and, although poor, pays the overdue rent and the family moves back into the house. But the privations she has suffered prove fatal to the mother and tiny May is left an orphan. On her deathbed, Mrs. Smith is found by Miss Seaton, who is visiting the poor quarters on ...
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