Phil has redeeming qualities; one in particular, his love for children. This is very easily seen where the poor fellow in a railroad coach is being taken handcuffed to prison. In the seat next to the one in which he is sitting there is a little child, Dotty. The train stops, the sheriff, with his prisoner, leaves the car, and we don't see the convicted man again until we see him in stripes, working in the prison shoe shop, and witness his escape from the prison window, when he makes his plunge into the river and his long swim to freedom. The alarm is sounded and soon a sheriff's posse of hardy riders are on the trail of the escaped prisoner. Dotty, the little girl whom we met on the same train with the prisoner, starts out from her home to roam the fields. She loses herself. It is night. The child sees the man sleeping quietly and she arouses him. After recovering from his fright, Phil hugs the child to his bosom and pillows her head upon his breast and soon she is asleep. Out of the ...
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