Tom Walsh and his son Pete ( Lon Chaney ) are crooks, but his daughter Pauline ( Pauline Bush ) is basically a good girl. One day, when she is acting as a lookout while Tom and Pete commit a crime, she meets a band of Salvation Army singers who give her a pamphlet on leading a good life. Pauline tells her father that she cannot go on with their life of crime. In a rage he attacks her with a knife, but falls down the stairs and is killed. Pauline flees to a better part of town where she obtains a position as nurse to a wealthy family that is moving west. Pete follows her to her new home and confronts her in the park one day. Paul Reeves ( William C. Dowlan ), a rich young mine owner, comes to her rescue and knocks Pete down. Reeves and Pauline soon fall in love and marry. Meanwhile, Pete has become the leader of a gang and is befriended by a dope fiend ( Richard Rosson ) he once helped out. Pete is blinded in an accident, but soon learns of Pauline's marriage. The dope fiend leads Pete to Pauline's home where he attacks her after she refuses to give him a large sum of money. Pauline flees and in the pursuit Pete falls and breaks his neck.
"The (villain) is played by Lon Chaney, the author, and his character dominates the story...The picture tells its story pretty well and its big situation is certainly striking. The spirit of it is not of the highest; although there is nothing vulgar about it." - Moving Picture World
This film's screenplay was written for Lon Chaney while he was at Universal, sadly it remains a lost silent film.
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