Clark, a young shipping clerk, goes west, discouraged at loss of his job and failure to get another. He promises his mother he will help her and send for her when he strikes a good job. He falls among bad companions and is desperately hard up for money. He works at prospecting unsuccessfully and finally gets a job at a mine. Later he receives word of his mother's illness and needs money badly. He is sent later on a trip across the mountains with a lot of money and he determines to risk all, steal the money and get away. But an outlaw sees him start and follows, planning to fire from ambush and take his money from him. He follows through the hills for a long distance and when the young man sits down to eat his lunch, the outlaw fires at him from behind. The boy, however, in sitting down to eat has placed his hat on a bit of rock above his head. The outlaw, from the rear, hits only the hat, which, disappearing from view, causes him to believe he has killed the boy. He takes so much time...
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