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  • John Morden, a manufacturer, has an only son whom he wishes to take into his company. He plans that David shall marry Josephine Claggett, daughter of his partner. On the day of David's return from college, Morden takes him to his office to make his proposition. Just as the two ascend the steps a beautiful and refined looking girl appears in the doorway. Her eyes and David's meet for a second. Then he recalls her as the little girl he used to play with when a child. Morden makes his offer and David declines it. Several days later he meets Josephine Claggett at the party. She is pleased with David, but he is thinking of Madge. David goes to the city, and gains a position on one of the newspapers. Later Madge loses her place in the factory, and she too goes to the city, knowing nothing, however of David's movements. One day she and David meet in the office of David's newspaper. They get married. For a while David and Madge are happy. Then ill-health overtakes David. Madge is the sole support. One day she puts their little boy to sleep and starts back to her work. David, still ill, insists upon going with her. In the crowded street the two are separated. Madge starts back to him. An automobile bears down upon her and she is killed. David is rendered insane and committed to an asylum. His memory has become a blank, and his identity is unknown. The boy is found by an old scrub-woman, and carried to a Children's Home. One day a sorrowful lady appears wishing to adopt a child. It is David's mother. She is attracted to the noble-looking boy of unknown parentage and she selects him. In the home the child works a transformation. Morden, remorseful, having tried unsuccessfully to find David, has taken to drink. Through a renewed interest in life, brought about by his love of the child, he reforms and becomes a changed being. Finally reason and memory return to David, He seeks his child. Wretched and penniless, he determines to go to his mother for money. One night he stands outside of his old home. He sees his mother, and indistinctly, his father, holding a child in his arms. He draws nearer. His heart leaps. He dashes into the room. The child sees him and reconciliation and peace follow.


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