William Sanderson is a young seafaring man who has risen from the ranks of an ordinary seaman until he has reached the post of second officer on board the ship "Aetna." He is in love with, and is beloved by Edna, the only daughter of Miller, the ship owner, and the latter favors the match because of the manliness of the young officer. It is partially on this account that Willie, as he is called by his shipmates, receives his commission as second officer. The "Aetna" sails on a long foreign trip and after being granted shore leave, falls into the hands of evil companions and finds himself in a resort frequented by sailormen. His better judgment is overcome by a desire for frivolity and he proceeds to "treat" all hands without any regard for expense. But when he is left alone and is called upon by the boarding house keeper to pay his bill for refreshments. Willie is in financial straits. The boarding house keeper takes whatever money he has left and then causes the young officer to sign...
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