Huntley Adams, chief of police, has every confidence in his secretary, Arthur Clarke, and Charles Donnelly, detective chief. The two young men are both in love with Blanche, the chief's daughter. Donnelly is ordered by Adams to round up "Spike" Murray's gang, a notorious band. Clarke is secretly in league with the gangsters and communicates with Fanny, their spy. "Spike," hearing that the Mayor is to give a ball, manages to work his way into the festivities, for the purpose of robbing the guests. He pulls off one robbery but is compelled to kill a man in so doing. He makes his escape with the collusion of Clarke. This crime arouses feverish activity at police headquarters and Donnelly is given orders to raid "Spike's" hang-out. Headed by the detective, the police swoop down on the gangsters' lair but the gang have decamped. Donnelly reports his failure and says that he believes "Spike" was tipped off. Meantime Clarke's hatred is aroused for Donnelly because the latter succeeded in ...
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