Mary Turner, a poor, drink-sodden woman of the tenements, but beautiful of face and form, meets Don Parker, a noted artist, who is walking the streets seeking an inspiration. Don instantly introduces himself and begs her to pose for him. At first Mary refuses, but he insists and she finally consents. In his luxurious studio. Don poses Mary in the robes of the Madonna, and is about to start on the canvas when a poor woman enters with a baby and asks for charity. A happy thought strikes Don, he places the babe in Mary's arms and starts to work out his masterpiece of the Madonna and child. Some months later the picture is finished and Mary leaves. A number of art critics are called in and pronounce Don's canvas a masterpiece. Mr. Knighton, a financier, is so impressed with the work that he purchases and presents it to the cathedral of Saint Hillaire. Many weeks later Don is walking to his studio when he again meets Mary on the street. She is ragged and tries to pass him unobserved, but ...
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