Owing to his gambling proclivities, Viscount de Lancry is reduced to a state of absolute penury. Mathilde, a niece Mme. De Rochegune, is courted by the Viscount and Chevalier Lugarto. She favors the latter. Knowing that his rival cannot marry Mathilde without money, the Chevalier, through his diabolical machinations, inveigles the Viscount into accepting a check for 20,000 francs. But the Chevalier does not intend to help his rival, the offering of the check being given for the sole purpose of confirming his belief that the Viscount is without money. The Viscount leaves the room and upon returning, he finds a note from the Chevalier to the effect that he has left for abroad. Being unable to find the check, and thinking that it must have been lost the Viscount forges the signature of the Chevalier to another, cashes it and receives the money. A few days later the Chevalier calls upon the Viscount and is well received. Ignoring the fact that he had received a check from the Chevalier ...
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