Kent, a member of the Arm of Putnam and Kent, and Crane, one of the clerks, are rivals for the hand of Mary, daughter of Isidore Putnam. Although it is against her fathers wish, Mary weds Crane. Prosperity goes to Crane's head. Mary soon learns that her husband is a drunkard and good-for-nothing. The man loses heavily while gambling on a houseboat owned by Baxter, a card sharp. Unable to pay, Crane is threatened with exposure unless the money is forthcoming within twenty-four hours. Crane returns home in time to see his father-in-law place a large sum of money in the library safe. Later in the evening, Mary and her father visit a friend. Putnam has occasion to call his butler on the 'phone shortly afterward. In answering the 'phone, the man discovers Crane in the act of rifling the safe. At the other end of the wire Putnam hears a shot, and Crane's horrified exclamation, "My God, I have killed him." Hastening home, Mary and her father find the butler slain. Meanwhile, Crane has ...
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