The Silver Cigarette Case (1913)
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Thinking to retrieve his fallen fortunes, Leslie Torrence makes love to Rita Patten, the daughter of Graham Patten, millionaire. When Rita tells her old friend Dr. Hawley of her engagement, he is very much aggrieved, as he loves her himself and knows well the bad reputation of Torrence at the club. Torrence has been carrying on an affair with Lola di Paolo, a beautiful opera singer, and has promised her marriage. When she sees the report of the engagement in the papers she is furious and determines to be revenged upon the girl who has taken Torrence from her. To this end she gets, through her manager, Herbert Corey, an invitation to a bal-masque being given by Patten in celebration of her engagement, the invitation being for a supposed friend, Count Rostrand. Disguised as a man, in evening clothes, Lola attends the ball. During the evening, she chances to meet Dr. Hawley, who, like her, is masked, and offers him a cigarette from her case. Hawley greatly admires the case, which is of unusual pattern, and at the same time, comments on a beautiful ring, which the supposed count is wearing, A little later on, while Rita is left for a few moments by her partner, Lola approaches her quietly and then suddenly plunges a dagger into her breast. During the confusion she is able to escape, and by the time that a search is made for the assassin, she is far away. Hawley looks after the wounded girl, who, after a few weeks, recovers from the wound. Some time later, Lola, now stricken with remorse, is prostrated by a nervous attack and her maid sends for a physician. Dr. Hawley answers the call and while attending the patient, recognizes the cigarette case and the ring on her finger. Accused by him, Lola admits the crime and agrees to go with him to see Rita and tell her the truth of the affair. On hearing of the double-dealing of Torrence, Rita sends for him and hands him back his ring. Two years later, Dr. Hawley reaps the reward of his patience and devotion and marries his beloved Rita, whom he has loved so long.
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