Edwin Harmon, a contractor engaged in building an aqueduct in California, is greatly worried by lack of money to pay his men, who threaten to strike. His contract must be filled by a given time, otherwise he will be ruined. He goes to Charles Wayburn, a banker, and obtains a promise of a loan to tide him over his difficulties. The same evening he goes to the home of Virginie Barker, with whom be is in love, and meets Wayburn there. Wayburn, finding that Harmon is his rival, determines to refuse the loan and so bring him to ruin. He tells Virginie that her lover is helpless unless he, Wayburn, advances him money. Virginie at once goes to Harmon and tells him of Wayburn' s threat to withhold the loan. As Harmon is about to set out for the works to tell the men of his inability to get the money, he receives a note from an old friend, asking him to drive his racing car in the automobile race on the morrow. Harmon was formerly one of the racing drivers on the Pacific Coast and is sure that...
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