To test the worthiness of his two heirs, his niece, Stella Grigsby, and his nephew, Dr. Hale Webster, Giles Webster, an eccentric old millionaire, conceals himself in a secret apartment of his mansion. Word is sent to them that he is dead, and his money is left to them, provided they marry. Stella is to occupy the family mansion during the courtship. At first Dr. Webster seems well impressed with the girl. Complications arise, however, when the two go to a circus and Dr. Webster sees Kate, an equestrienne, with whom he becomes infatuated. While riding through the burning hoops on the back of a fiery charger, Kate falls and is badly hurt. Dr. Webster attends her until she is well. His infatuation is noticed by Stella, who is loathe to allow anything to interfere with the legacy. His attentions to Kate are also resented by Pietro, the Italian ringmaster, who is enamored of her. The doctor calls upon Stella, declaring that he will give up the legacy in order to marry Kate, the girl of ...
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