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  • Dick Armstrong is one of the unfortunates who is constantly following the "ad" pages of the daily papers, and being turned down whenever he makes application for a job, because of his shabby appearance and the earmarks of idleness. There is nothing left for him but the bread line and the "hump-back" in the "Hotel du Park." One day, through a stroke of hard luck he strikes good luck when he bumps into Leonard Seymore, a fat, good-natured man about town, who takes Dick to his home, gives him a good feed, and stakes him with a hundred dollar bill. Dick can scarcely believe his good fortune, but braces up with the determination to replace his rags with a respectable outfit that will place him in line for a position and a new start in life. At the shoe shop, at the clothing store, and even at the quick lunch room, the genuineness of his $100 bill is questioned and refused as an impossible asset for so questionable an owner. Desperate, he forces his way into a swell restaurant, declares his rights as an American citizen, orders a meal, which is served, and then taken away from him when he presents the $100 legal tender in payment. He is suspected of having stolen the bill, and is arrested by the police, called by the proprietor. Dick is taken to the night court and arraigned before the judge. Leonard Seymore is making a tour of Chinatown and taking in the other sights of the great city. He visit the night court, is recognized by Dick, who points him out as the man who gave him the bill. At once Seymore corroborates Dick's statement. The young fellow is honorably discharged and goes his way rejoicing, with Seymore as his friend.

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