Tom Ransom, a fugitive from justice, is pursued to the cottage of his aged mother and arrested. Pleading with his mother to believe in his innocence Ransom is led away. He manages to escape from his captors and the matter is laid before Dayton, captain of police. Among the articles taken from Ransom is a letter from his sweetheart saying she has never seen his mother, and a small photograph. Deciding on a plan Dayton sends for Mary Clement, a clever girl detective, gives her the details of the case and orders her to trap Ransom by gaining access to his mother's cottage through posing as Tom's sweetheart. Mary does so, and is charmed with the sweet simplicity of the old lady, whom she learns to love dearly. Learning from a letter that Tom is expected that evening, Mary is disgusted with her trickery and resolves to give him a fair chance to escape. Before her plan is put in action Tom enters and discovers Mary's deception. Furiously he is denouncing her when his mother enters, and he ...
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