Silas, a paralytic, has two daughters and a son. Betty, his particular pride, meets Ned, an artist, from the city, and is soon secretly posing for him. Ned's influence over the girl is greatly increased, when John, the brother, goes to war, and there follows the usual tragedy of a wild, fun-loving young girl, thrown too much in the company of a middle-aged man of the world. Ned, the Lothario, is about to wash his hands of the whole affair and leave for Europe, when Betty makes a last appeal to him and he casts her brutally aside. Then the news comes to the old father, who sends for him and a violent scene takes place, peculiarly pathetic, in the fact that the old man is paralyzed. He demands justice, but the insolent roué laughs in his face and jeers at him and his daughter, until nature rebels and can stand no more. Miraculously, the paralytic's strength returns to him, and he is about to crush the brute under his heel, when his soldier son returns. He saves his father from murder, ...
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