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  • George Lawrence and his mother live in a nearby town in a modest sort of way, George earning money by writing. His chum, Philip Crane, comes down on week-ends to call and it is on one of these trips our story starts. Unknown to his mother, George has written a play, "The Apples of Sodom," and on this occasion when Crane comes to visit, he reads the play and Crane, more than pleased with it, promises to take it to the city and try to sell it to a manager. Poor George is ailing with a severe cough, which causes his mother many an unhappy moment of worry. On the day Crane returns to the city, George is overcome and dies, trying with his last breath to tell his mother of the play. Crane returns to the city, reads the play, sees its worth and just as he plans what to do, receives a message of George's death. Sending a wire of condolence, be returns to the play. Why not claim it and change the author's name? This he does. The play turns out to be a big hit, and royalties flow into Crane's pocket. We see Crane in the box at the opening made to say a few words, and in his home receiving the checks from his manager. Guilty at heart, he tries to ease his conscience by sending a check to Mrs. Lawrence, not speaking of the play. More than surprised at receiving a letter and the check from Crane, Mrs. Lawrence decides she must go at once and return it. She arrives in the city the night Crane is giving a dinner party. She goes to his home, but finding him out, makes up her mind to go and see him at the dinner. Just as the dinner is at its highest, Mrs. Lawrence's card is handed to Crane. He can hold out no longer. He must tell the truth. Meeting her in the hall, he begs her, as she is trying to speak of the check, to come to the dinner. For his sake she goes, and be confesses. The guests slowly go and Mrs. Lawrence forgives, as only mothers can.

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