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  • Lucien Archer, Jr., is in love with a girl of his own social set. While walking along the avenue, he loses his wallet which is found by the maid of Cora du Ford, a woman of questionable character. Cora's maid brings the wallet to her mistress, who, after finding the rating of young Archer in the Blue Book, decides to return the wallet, in order that she may relieve young Archer of some of his wealth. Young Archer, much ashamed of his visit to Cora, asks his father for a great deal of money. He calls, and much to his surprise, finds a beautiful woman entirely different from the unsophisticated girl whom his father would have him marry. He falls desperately in love while the woman leads him on and invites him to call again. Lucien pays another visit to Cora's after extracting from his father quite a large sum of money. Lucien inquires of Cora the manner of her living and she takes him to her gambling room, Lucien is induced to play. He loses heavily. Cora, seeing her mistake, suggests that he never come back again. After a farewell kiss. In which Lucien takes her picture from her dressing table, he leaves. Upon arriving home, much to his surprise, he finds his father awaiting his arrival. His father upbraids him for coming home so late and in such a condition. Seeing the photo of the woman in his hand, he again tells his son the woman's reputation and forbids him seeing her again. Quite an argument ensues, in which Lucien, Jr., is struck by his father and sent to his room, where he falls asleep and dreams the following: He sees Cora in her true light. He calls and tells her his father has cut him off. At first she is impatient, but upon second thought tells him she will marry him if he secures from his father's safe all the money therein. He is horrified, but so much in love that when she gives him the lantern, mask and a revolver, he leaves to "turn the trick." While securing the money, his father comes in and switches on the light and Lucien, behind the curtains, covers his father with his revolver. They struggle and his father is killed. He then goes to Cora and explains what has just taken place. She, seeing the bag of money, dopes his whiskey and he falls into a stupor. She greedily counts the money. Upon awakening, Lucien finds Cora cold to him. When she casts him aside, he becomes enraged and chokes her. Just then a detective, who has been notified by the police, is heard without. Lucien hides in Cora's bedroom. The money is hidden when the detective enters. Being satisfied that no one is there, the detective starts to go, when he takes a look around and discovers the suitcase. Lucien, hearing the struggle between the detective and Cora, shoots himself in his dream and then awakens. Realizing that it all has been a dream, he goes to his dresser and tears Cora's photo into bits. Cora 'phones Lucien. His father goes to the conservatory to call Lucien, but when he finds the contented boy, with his young and innocent sweetheart, playing the "Sweetest Story Ever Told," a duet on the piano, he decides that it is time to end matters between Cora and Lucien. He therefore tells Cora that both now and hereafter, Lucien will not be at home to her. Cora, much angered, dashes the 'phone to the ground.


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