Dan Thomas is the Sheriff of Pawnee County, Nebraska, in the raw days of the eighties. He adopts Nell, an orphan, and his efforts as a "governess" to the little girl are most amusing. Nell has grown into beautiful womanhood, and Dan, loving her more than ever, writes to her his first love letter, asking her to be his wife. He leaves the letter where Nell will see it, and he goes out to his duties. Nell has met Jim Rogers, a handsome young fellow, whom she loves, and Jim has proposed to her. The young people enter to ask Dan's consent. Dan blesses them, and then he destroys his written proposal. Jim does not prove to be a model husband, and he quarrels with his wife because Dan kisses Nell. Dan finds the young wife crying. In her work-basket is an infant's shirt that Nell has just made. He places the shirt in his pocket and goes after Jim, who is drinking and gambling. Jim refuses to go home. Later, in a quarrel, Jim shoots a gambler who has tried to kill him, and Dan is compelled to ...
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