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  • By hard work and industry, Barney O'Hara accumulates enough money to be considered by his neighbors a rich man. He is considered a catch by the widow McCarthy and she sets her cap for him. He is a little sawed-off, funny-looking man, but she sees nothing but his money. His brother Mike loves her, but she will have nothing to do with him. It is Barney, or no one. She becomes so insistent in trying to win Barney, he has no peace. He decides to escape her by going to America with Mike. They are ready to leave when the widow appears and announces her intention of going with him. They fix up a little scheme whereby Barney is to make believe he is dead and bribe the doctor to pronounce him so. An old-fashioned wake is held and at every opportunity, Mike helps his "dead" brother to a good swig of whiskey. Mike stumbles over Barney's plug hat, arousing his ire, and forgetting himself, he sits up and gives vent to his feelings. The mourners are so frightened, they leave the room. The widow, coming in, sees his feet moving, looks into his face and discovers the trick. She picks him up and carries him bodily out of the house, claiming him as her own personal property. Mike protests against the widow's right to take possession of his brother. The widow, who is well-built and thoroughly able to take care of herself, gives him to understand that might is right.


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