The hinge of the story is a crippled old lady, Mrs. Trill, who is an angel of the alley. The power of her mind cures a child's illness and finds a lost purse. The neighbors are impressed. Among them Fannie. Later, Fannie's husband, Ben, enacted by Mr. Smalley, loses his job in the Bell Mills, has a tilt with one of the owners, draws a gun and is thrown out of the place, leaving the gun behind. This is pocketed by Daily, another owner. Ben's wife tries to instill faith into him, but the saloon seems to bring him more cheer. Daily, one of the owners, is blackmailed by a street girl, who has discovered his relations with Daisy, a wayward girl. Daily, his resources drained, tries to rob the office safe. He is discovered by his partner, who kills him with Ben's gun. Daily escapes undiscovered to his hotel. Ben, drunk, takes the wrong road home and is caught at the mills as the murder of Earle is discovered. Circumstantial evidence condemns him and he is sentenced to be hanged. Fannie ...
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