Randolph Churchill, a Wall Street broker, incurred the love of Adele Alletta, a comic opera favorite, and although he treated her with almost cruel sang-froid she rejected all other suitors in his favor, among whom was Henry Larkin, another broker, who sincerely loved her. Adele, however, simply a whim with Churchill, and he coldly threw her aside to marry a society lady. This information comes to her in a letter from him, and also announcement of his engagement in the newspapers. He did not know the designing powers of the seemingly light-hearted, frivolous girl, who at once evolved a scheme he little dreamed her capable of. Appreciating the strength and sincerity of Larkin's love for her, he having sought her in marriage most ardently, she writes him of the humiliating insult she suffered from Churchill, begs that he effect his ruin in the market, promising to marry him the day he accomplishes it. Larkin is most willing to undertake the affair, as he had undergone many a heartache ...
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