The editor of a small newspaper in a little town, through his unwillingness to employ as bookkeeper, Orphan Annie, has his troubles in collecting money due him for subscriptions, advertising, etc., and starts out to try and minimize the outstanding amount. His attempts at collection arc futile and he spends his last penny on a postal card, saying to one of his principal creditors that he is unable to pay and is desperate. The postmistress reads the card and soon circulates the message around the village. On his way home the editor sees an Indian bargaining for a second-hand shotgun. As the editor has a gun which is not useful to him, he strikes up an acquaintance with the Indian and agrees to sell his gun to him, offering to bring it to the village store. The village gossips recognize a man coming across the street carrying a gun as the editor. When he enters the store everybody, having heard that he is desperate, gives him some coin. He shrewdly collects it and then hies himself back...
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