Anton Paxton, a young man of saving habits, bids his aged mother good-bye at home and walks to the village. On his way he stops to chat with his sweetheart, Great Anderson, at the gate of her home, and is surprised to find her talking with the village blacksmith, who is his rival for the hand of the girl. Anton is downhearted, but the girl shows her preference for him and the blacksmith goes away in a rage. The blacksmith goes to his forge where he is accosted by a hunter on horseback, whose horse has a loose shoe, which the blacksmith tightens. In dismounting, the hunter drops his purse and his dog picks it up and in running through the forest drops the wallet among the rocks. The hunter mounts his horse, whistles to his dog, and rides to the village inn. Anton leaves his sweetheart and goes on to the village and in passing the shop of the smith, he stoops and picks up a piece of string, which he absent-mindedly places in his pocket, and passes on. The blacksmith and his assistant ...
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