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  • Mrs. Maloney, a poor widow, takes in washing for a living. She has a staunch admirer in Michael Finnegan. He tries to show his love by the many little attentions and kind assistance he gives her. She is very happy in her modest way until one day Michael brings her an imposing and suspicious looking envelope. She insists upon Michael opening it and they soon learn that she has fallen heir to a large fortune. After the legal preliminaries are closed, she takes possession of her wealth and decides that she will live in accordance with it. Michael bids her a fond farewell and tries to hide his sorrow at the parting as he drives her to the station. In the city, she is initiated into the ethics of society. She makes a very poor hand at it, until she attends a dinner party, where she finds the liquid refreshments very much to her liking, and suffers for her overindulgence. The next day she finds it difficult to content herself in quiet and starts on a slumming tour. She hears of a poor woman's sickness through a little boy who appeals to her sympathies, and with the national impulses of her big-heartedness, she goes with the child to his home, where she finds his mother dying, and from whom she receives some papers, before she passes away. Mrs. Maloney discovers that the boy, Teddy, is the rightful heir to the property of which she has become possessed. The child, now being an orphan, she takes it to her home, and goes back happily to her old ways of living, feeling that the environments are more to her taste and her personal fitness. Michael Finnegan happens to be passing the house when he sees it is occupied and learns the widow has returned. He rushes in, pops the question and receives the widow Maloney's consent, as her cheeks are filled with rose-like blushes, her eyes sparkle with joy and her lips quiver with ecstasy.


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