Henry Carter receives a message that he must be in Wall Street that same day to avert an impending business disaster. Speeding on their way the taxi breaks down. David Burton, a friend, loans Carter his car. Carter thanks Burton, and says he hopes to repay. Burton now in financial trouble, comes to his friend Carter for assistance, which he refuses, giving as his reason that he has recently purchased for his wife a very costly pearl necklace, which he shows to Burton. That night, while he is contemplating his position, Burton takes from his pocket ten shares of railroad stock, when he replaces them he considers their apparent worthlessness. He gives way to a sudden impulse to return to Carter's house and steal the pearls. He enters the Carter library through the window and takes the pearls. At this moment, Mrs. Carter, returning from a reception, enters the room and confronts Burton. He confesses and returns the jewels to her, explaining why he took them. She is trying to persuade ...
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