A newspaper starts a campaign to ruin Governor-elect Winslow. In order to do this it tries to get hold of a document on a waterway contract which it hopes to twist into a scandal. A politician and star reporter learn that Richard Ware, the fiancé of the governor's daughter, has forged his name to a check. They threaten him with exposure unless he gets the document they want. To save himself, he agrees. Edna Winslow, the governor's daughter, is really in love with her father's secretary, Bryant Gordon, her engagement to Ware having been largely a family arrangement. At the Winslow country estate Ware copies the combination of the safe in which the document is kept and mails it to the newspaper. Gordon discovers what Ware had done. He, with Edna and a chauffeur, bind and gag the mail clerk and get the letter. Gordon is arrested for robbing the mails. Before the chief justice the letter is opened and the combination is not found. However, Marie, the Winslow maid, who has been wronged by ...
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