The great opera singer, against the advice of her physician, insists on singing at one more performance, to earn enough to complete the trust fund she is desirous of setting aside for her child. The effort is too much, and she dies upon the stage. Her brother, who has been left guardian of the child, is crazed by the immense sum of money in his hands, and hides himself with the child and the money in a tenement, where the child is kept a virtual prisoner. The miser spends his days in gloating over the stolen money. After twelve years, three Bohemian friends rent the studio immediately above, and the imprisoned heiress, through the ministrations of the tenement slavey, meets Karl, the pianist. The miser about this time falls asleep after counting his treasure, and leaves a lighted candle, which sets fire to the room. Trying to reach the concealed fortune, he is burned to death. Karl seeing the smoke, gallantly rescues the girl who, alone in the world by the death of her uncle, is ...
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