This 1917 drama starring the popular actress, Alice Joyce, was produced by the Vitagraph Company and sadly now remains a lost film. I have found an original film review to share with the reader.
Moving Picture World, February 17, 1917 - Clara Weston is a country school teacher and daughter of a minister. She receives a call to New York to become secretary to the manager of a philanthropic society. She takes the stage coach to the railroad town, but misses the overland train and is compelled to remain over night at the only hotel. A party of Eastern civil engineers come in from an extended stay in the mountains--dusty, unkempt bearded young fellows--who plunge into the diversions of the hotel's dance hall. Rex Fenton of the party pays attentions to Dazy, a dancer. However, when it is late, to get rid of him, she gives him a number at random as that of her room. Befuddled with drink, Fenton afterward looks for the dancer, and as the story works out Clara Weston becomes an accidental victim of circumstances. Next morning she a goes on her way with a broken heart, while Fenton awakes in his room with only a dim idea of what occurred the night before.
After several months at her position in the East, Clara Weston is compelled to resign and retire to a remote country town, where her secret is protected by Dr. Howard, who sympathizes with her misfortune. A year after she has been East, Dr. Howard secures for her a position with a business man as stenographer, leaving her child behind in a nurse's care. After a time her employer falls in love with her, unaware that she has a child. Her love for him makes her too timid, and she accepts him without revealing her past. Separation from her little one makes Clara melancholy. Dr. Howard, whose advice that she be perfectly frank with her husband has been neglected, sees a chance to improve her spirits by inducing the husband to adopt this child, and happiness reigns. Several years pass before the husband discovers correspondence from Dr. Howard that discloses Clara's motherhood. Leaping at the idea that Dr. Howard is the man to blame, the husband has a violent scene with him, but the doctor relates the circumstances under which the girl was wronged. The husband, who is none other than Fenton, realizes that he is the father of her child. He now begs forgiveness of the disaster he brought upon her, and the story ends in her complete vindication and final peace of mind.
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