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  • After inheriting his grandfather's estate, John Wright rides through a wooded area and sees Martha Hobbs struggling with Ralph, the man whom her heartless father wants her to marry. John beats Ralph and returns Martha to her shabby home. After Martha's mother dies, Martha goes to the city and is befriended by an aged woman. When Wright, investigating his inherited property, finds the women living in a squalid tenement, he builds the Wright Industrial Home, an ideal community-oriented workplace. After Wright hears Greta Carr lecture about ancient Greek life, he convinces Carr to create with him a modern Grecian colony on his estate. The villagers are shocked by the colony's scantily clad dancers. Learning that Martha lives there, Ralph leads a mob to destroy the house. John catches Ralph setting off dynamite and after knocking him out, warns everyone to leave. After the explosion, the mob sobers upon finding Ralph's body. Now tolerated, the colony constructs new buildings, and John and Martha marry.


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