The scene opens in the bunk house of the Lazy K Ranch, where we see Jack Hartley and his pal Jack Smythe. Hartley has just received a letter from the east, in which his mother asks him for money. Hartley is much depressed. He is broke and sees no immediate prospect of recouping his fortunes. Smythe, learning of Hartley's dilemma, offers his roll to his pal, who gratefully accepts it. Some time later the two boys meet Clara, the daughter of a neighboring ranchman, and both fall in love with her. For a time it seems a fair field and no favor, but at last she seems to show preference for Smythe. The two boys discuss the matter at the bunk house, and decide to write her letters of proposal and abide by her decision. They write and mail their letters, and she replies, accepting Smythe. Hartley goes for the mail, and his weak nature asserting itself, he surreptitious opens the letters before returning to the ranch house. His own letter is superscribed "Dear Jack," and reading it he finds ...
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