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  • Sylvester Burns, head of the controlling faction of the Pennsylvania Midland Railroad is striving desperately to crush the Spring Creek Railway, a rival line. The Spring Creek line is facing a crisis, as a mountain range bars a connecting line to its main road, which is necessary to through transportation. The most expert engineers are unable to overcome the difficulty. Alton Stearns, head of the Spring Creek, calls Gardiner Davis, a young engineer who has conquered almost insurmountable obstacles, as a last resort. Davis and George Burns, son of the railroad magnate, are both in love with Phoebe Stonefield, daughter of the president of the Midland. She spurns George, who is a dissolute character, and tells Davis she hopes he wins success, even though he is working for the road which is the rival of the line of which her father is the head. The elder Burns fears Davis and hires Jim Spears, a desperate miner, to kill him. Spear switches a hand car on which Davis is riding into an abandoned mine shaft, with the intention of murdering him. Davis, however, grapples with him on the car and they have a terrific hand-to-hand struggle. The car jumps off the track, crashes into the timbers of the tunnel and causes the mouth of the shaft to cave in. Davis then forces Spear, who knows all the passages, to lead him out another entrance. He finds that the passage is just the outlet wanted by the Spring Creek road. In the meantime Burns, thinking that Davis is dead, starts a raid on Spring Creek. He pounds the stock down almost to the breaking point, when Davis telephones Stearns and tells him of his discovery. A panic is started among Midland holders and the bottom drops out of the stocks. The road then is purchased by Spring Creek and Burns is crushed. Stonefield learns from Burns himself that he had tried to kill Davis, is horrified and breaks with him. Davis then sees to it that he is retained with the new company. Davis and Phoebe plight their troth.


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