Tom Ennis, a stalwart, sturdy fellow, is apprenticed to John Matthews, the village blacksmith, whose daughter is a likable girl. Tom falls in love with her, but her father opposes him and Meg marries one who is her father's choice. Five years later, Meg, who is now a widow, brings her little son to see the forge, where his grandfather, now dead, worked. Tom, who purchased the blacksmith shop, is still a bachelor, slightly embittered. The presence of the young widow and her child act as a reminder of his life's disappointment. The part of the village in which this life portrayal takes place, is situated on the banks of a swift running stream. It is springtime and the freshet overflows the river and sweeps everything before it. The house in which Meg and her child live, is carried away. The child, clinging to a part of the building, is seen in the midst of the torrent. Tom rushes to the scene of the disaster and seeing the child imperiled, plunges into the waters and rescues it. He ...
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