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(I) (1910)

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  • It is surprising to what extremes avarice will go to accomplish its object. Just take a good look at Silas Peters and you can readily see what sort of a scoundrel he is, and we are not at all surprised when he is threatened with legal action for obtaining land for the railroad of which he is president, by fraud, from George Merton. He tries to secure- the services of John Turton, a young lawyer whom he thinks he can make use of as a willing tool. Pleased with the offer from the president of a railroad young Turton accepts the offer. Not long afterward Miss Claire Merton calls on Turton and asks him to take her father's case against Peters, and when he learns the true state of affairs recognizes that he is being made party to fraud, goes to Peters, asks him to let him see his agreement to act as his attorney, destroys it and becomes counsel for Mr. Merton. The more Turton and Claire Merton are thrown together the more they like each other, until Turton asks Claire to marry him. She consents to become his wife when he wins her father's case. Peters realizes before long that something must be done to escape conviction. He calls on the judge before whom the ease is to he tried and endeavors to bribe him. Peters is indignantly denounced and shown the door. Failing in his first attempt to evade the law, he becomes more desperate, and, with the aid of his lawyer and his scrooging clerk, employs two thugs and pays them to waylay and assault the young lawyer the night before 'the suit of Merton against Peters is to be tried. They carry out their villainous scheme; Turton is attacked and left for dead, but his cries are heard and he is carried into the home of Mr. Johnson, who administers to him, and when morning comes assists him to get to court just in time to prevent the villain and his lawyer continuing the trial without him. The case is decided in favor of Merton and judgment given against Peters and his railroad. John Turton is victorious not only in his suit at law but in his suit for Claire's heart and hand. He makes a double win and proves he is lucky both in love and law.

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