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  • Soon after their engagement, Bill goes to sea, and Emily vows to stay true until his return. Unknown to her, Bill marries another woman from a different port. Emily waits faithfully for six years, finally becoming dangerously ill. When Bill suddenly appears in town with his family, Joe, who has loved Emily all along, forces Bill to make Emily's final moments happy by pretending he has returned to marry her.

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  • Emily Brackett is wooed by two fishermen of the village, and rejecting the proffered engagement ring of Joe, accepts Bill, who places upon her wrist a bracelet, which he locks, he keeping the key. In this manner they plight their troth. Joe is almost heart-broken, but dissembles, wishing Emily well. The time arrives for Bill to ship and the parting with Emily is undoubtedly sincere. He promises to make her his wife upon his return. But, alas. Bill is one of those impressionable beings, susceptible to conditions, and when he arrives at the foreign port he meets a pretty girl whose charms and innocent mien appeal to him. Hence, little Emily is forgotten. Bill being a handsome fellow, his proposal is accepted by the girl and they are married, taking up their residence in this foreign village, where he becomes commander of a fishing ship. But what of Emily? The poor soul is waiting ever hopeful. Each mail she is disappointed at not receiving any word from Bill. She watches the return of the boats after each fishing trip, but all in vain. Day after day she goes to and scans the sullen sea which only brings to the beach huge lines of white, which seem to taunt her as they break upon the sands. Often has faithful Joe importuned to place upon her finger the ring he still holds hopefully for her. But she has pledged her word to Bill. Weeks, months and years pass, yet she waits in vain, until finally she gives way under the strain of anxiety and death is Inevitable. Six years have rolled around and the sands of her life have almost run, when Bill makes his appearance in the village accompanied by his wife and child. When Joe meets him, he is at first inclined to strike him down, but no, there is at least, a chance to make the last few moments of Emily's life happy, thereby easing death's sting. So Joe forces Bill to go with him to Emily's bedside, place his ring on her finger, pretending it's his own, and that he has returned to fulfill his promise. This he does, and not too soon, for the poor girl, a victim of a charitable deception, smiles and trying to raise herself from her pillow, drops back to yield up her pure faithful soul to God.

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