John Browning, a young farmer, left his home because he could not stand the petty persecutions of his stepfather and his son, who were alike in their grasping and unfeeling characteristics, Some mouths after he had moved to the city he received word that his mother had died, and when he returned home he found that everything had been left to the stepfather. John had good reasons to suspect trickery and openly charged his stepfather with it, but could prove nothing. The villagers all agreed that there was bad blood between young Browning and his stepfather, and predicted there might be serious effects, but when John was arrested and charged with the murder of Gray, his stepfather, it was considerably more than they had bargained for. Gray had been found dead in his home, while John had stood nearby with a rifle in his hands. He was placed in prison to wait trial. The circumstantial evidence seemed so conclusive that Mary, John's sweetheart, persuaded him to escape. John and the girl ...
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