Getting old and feeble, Sir William Foxwoody declares to his daughter and her son his intention of leaving his estate to the son. The mother is overjoyed, but later hears the old nobleman confiding to his ward, Julia Ann Rixby. that he means to make her his heiress. Sir William has seen the. lover-like attitude of the young people and writes a third and last will, hiding it behind a portrait of himself. After his death the mother secretly enters the death-chamber, steals the will, leaving all to the ward, and substitutes a forged will, leaving everything to the young man. The fraud is discovered and the lawyer accuses the mother of having committed the forgery. By accident, he secures possession of the original second will written by the old man. The lawyer tells her she must inform Julia Rixby by five o'clock that the fortune is hers. The son, dozing behind a screen, overhears the conversation between the lawyer and his mother and sorrowfully confronts them. Julia, who has also ...
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