Mrs. Ellis, the mother of a crippled girl, is reduced to penury. Alice, her daughter, essays to support the mother, who is in last stages of tuberculosis, by selling papers. The mother has been abandoned by her husband just prior to the birth of the child and in her desperation, she writes him a letter announcing that she has but a short time to live, imploring him to care for their daughter. The child goes out making her way painfully on her crutches and mails the letter. Ellis receives the message and ignores it, being engrossed in business and social engagements. He meets his daughter on the street and buys a paper, dropping his wallet. Alice brings the purse home to her mother in childish glee, but the honest woman bids her return it to the owner. Little Alice hobbles to the palatial home of her father and is denied admittance. She finally succeeds in restoring the lost purse and Ellis becomes interested in the unfortunate child, whom he accompanies home, to find his wife in the ...
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