Frank Sloan, the best reporter on the "Daily Metropolitan," is detailed to work in Chinatown to solve the mystery of the disappearance of a Chinese slave girl, Woo. Sloan's nerves become unstrung from overwork and he forms the opium habit. He loses his position on the newspaper and is turned down by the girl to whom he is engaged. Sloan fast goes to the dogs. Sometime later there is a big murder mystery in Chinatown and Sloan, while in the opium den, overhears Yo Hong confessing to the murder to another Chinaman. Sloan tells Captain Wells that he has located the murderer and will deliver him over to the authorities if the captain will promise to keep the arrest a secret for an hour, in order to allow Sloan to secure a "scoop" for his old paper. Wells promises this, and Sloan affects the capture of Yo Hong, and also gets the big story for his paper. That night, as a last resort to save Sloan and cure him of his habit, his friends resolve to shanghai him aboard a schooner bound for a ...
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