Dugan, looking for trouble, smashes Pasquale's violin. The violinist follows the loafer, but is pacified by a passing priest. Grant's salary is insufficient for his family's needs. His respect for an increase is denied. That day a large sum of money is placed in his care, consigned to a distant bank. Dugan learns of this money and decides to steal it. Unable to board the train in the yard, he drops to the roof of the express car as it passes under a bridge. Grant is knocked unconscious by Dugan. The thief empties the money bag and jumps off the speeding train into a river. Later, the express messenger is accused by his employer of having stolen the money and is arrested. By chance, Dugan passes Pasquale's house. The Italian follows him and learns that the man intends to leave the city. Dugan discovers the Italian looking through his valise and assaults him. A lamp, upset by accident, sets fire to the house. Dugan escapes. The Italian revives and chops his way out. Knowing his man will...
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