John Crane, a miner, refuses to be cowed by Jenkins, the bully of the mine, but makes the mistake of being seen intoxicated. Jenkins tells the foreman and Crane is discharged. Later, there is an explosion in the mine. Crane, because of his discharge, is suspected of having caused the explosion and on Jenkins's perjured testimony is convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. Jenkins becomes foreman of the mine. The shock of the sudden turn in fortune is too much for Mrs. Crane and after struggling bravely she gives up the fight and passes away. Her little boy is now homeless, but Vance Wilkins, a kindly neighbor, adopts him. The boy soon becomes known only by the name of his foster father, who, after he has finished his primary schooling, sends him to college to take a course in mine engineering. The young man returns after several years and is appointed chief engineer of the mine by Jenkins, who has secured control of the property. Because of his good behavior during the ...
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