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Sylvester Burns, head of the controlling faction of the Pennsylvania Midland Railroad is striving desperately to crush the Spring Creek Railway, a rival line. The Spring Creek line is facing a crisis, as a mountain range bars a connecting line to its main road, which is necessary to through transportation. The most expert engineers are unable to overcome the difficulty. Alton Stearns, head of the Spring Creek, calls Gardiner Davis, a young engineer who has conquered almost insurmountable obstacles, as a last resort. Davis and George Burns, son of the railroad magnate, are both in love with Phoebe Stonefield, daughter of the president of the Midland. She spurns George, who is a dissolute character, and tells Davis she hopes he wins success, even though he is working for the road which is the rival of the line of which her father is the head. The elder Burns fears Davis and hires Jim Spears, a desperate miner, to kill him. Spear switches a hand car on which Davis is riding into an ...

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