The Risen Soul of Jim Grant (1913)
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Jim Grant has pretty well gone to the bad. Letters from his mother in the country ask him to help her with a little money and the knowledge of her need almost makes him yield to the temptation to join one of his companions, Kid Burke, in a burglary but the same letter is the cause of a row between Jim and Burke and the latter is unceremoniously put out of Jim's room. Jim becomes acquainted with Esther Benton who lives with her blind mother in the next room in the tenement. She is in financial straits but through an unexpected stroke of good fortune she receives a sum of money, large enough to supply her present needs. She puts the money away to await the demand of the rent collector but Jim, who has another appeal from his mother, knows about Esther's money and on Easter eve, while the child is out, he tiptoes into the room, where is only the blind mother, and takes the money. Before he can leave Esther returns. She thinks he has come in for a neighborly call and sweetly insists on his staying to their simple supper and afterward remaining while the blind mother reads the story of Calvary and the Resurrection, using the raised-type Bible of the blind. Jim cannot refuse, though in agony. During the Scripture reading we see a vision of Christ on the cross and the two thieves. The effect of her reading and the association with the blind woman and her sweet daughter make Jim contrite and when the rent collector calls and Esther finds that the money is gone Jim restores it and makes a full confession to the child. Jim has completely reformed and all ends happily.
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