Joseph Kane is a drunkard. Ruby, his daughter, shares his shame. Kane is in the saloon of "Red" Dooin, imbibing freely. Ruby enters and tries to persuade her father to leave the place. He objects. Charles Stevens, a young lawyer, finds her standing at the door of the saloon, heart-broken. Stevens, who is addicted to strong drink, enters the place, drinks, and goes out unsteady on his legs. The men implicated in the murder of Mat Karn hit upon a scheme to incriminate the inoffensive Kane. They throw the body of Karn on the floor and Kane is laid across it, with a bloody knife placed in the hand of the drunken man. Kane is charged with the murder. The judge appoints Stevens to defend the accused. He visits Kane in prison and obtains from him the facts, the old man protesting his innocence. Ruby implores Stevens to save her father. Stevens recognizes the impossibility of clearing the old man in court and takes matters in his own hands. He visits the saloon, accompanied by the marshal, ...
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