James Williams, a young city purchasing agent, receives a letter from Flannery, the city political boss, advising that the Acme Paving Material Company must get the city's winter contract. A large bribe is offered Williams to put this deal through. In a fury of resentment, Williams orders the bearer of the letter, Mullin, a corrupt politician, from the office. Mullin goes, but unknowingly leaves the letter in Williams' possession. A few days later Williams quarrels with his wife about her extravagance in dress, and she unthinkingly demands that he get money as other men do and support her properly. In a blind rage, Williams calls Flannery on the 'phone and agrees to accept his proposition. A week later Williams gives a reception at his home. During the course of the evening Frank Holt, president of the Acme Paving Material Company, attempts to embrace Mrs. Williams while under the influence of liquor. Williams comes upon the scene, furiously confronts Holt and his henchmen, including ...
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