In one of the mining districts there lived a young and faithful wife, whose finer sensibilities were suffered to tolerate the abuse of a brutal husband. Longing for sympathy and heart affection, she responds to the warmth of friendship affectionately extended by a neighboring miner of corresponding youth and understanding. The story opens and closes in the highly dramatic scene wherein she stands over her wounded lover and answers the accusation of the vigilantes, who have come upon the scene to ascertain the cause of death of her husband. Before their accusing gaze she relates the cause which is depicted as the action follows: "Up the stream there was a man who loved me. Learning of the abuse which my ties as wife made necessary that I should suffer, he pitied me. One day a bottle brought a message down the stream to me, asking that I go away with him to new lands. But I remembered the oath which bound me to this brute and signaled 'No' by a single shot. My husband grew suspicious at...
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