An old man has an ingenious plan to circumvent the customs officials and for a time it works like a charm. Officers and sailors on various transatlantic liners, who are in the gang, are given in Europe rare gems and laces, which they are to bring to America. The ordinary methods of smuggling by members of the crews being well guarded against, the men do not dare to bring the valuables into port with them. But they encase them in lifebelts, and on nearing the coast near Fire Island they keep a close watch out for the racing yacht which the old man owns. The rest is easy. The life-belt is slipped overboard, the men on the boat pic it up and land at their little village, from where the jewels are taken to the city. The old man has two nieces, who are orphans, and dependent upon him. He decides that the elder girl shall take part in the crime, hoping that if anything goes wrong, she may be the one to suffer, rather than he. And although the girl did not like the task, the fact that ...
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