The factory owner's daughter, Pauline, is engaged to the young inspector of factories. At the opening of the story the factory owner is given notice that on the morrow his factory will be inspected as to safety appliances and compliance with the city fire laws. He, knowing that his factory is painfully deficient, endeavors that evening to bribe the young inspector when the latter calls on Pauline. The inspector very quietly refuses the bribe. The next morning when the inspector comes to the factory the owner tells him that unless a favorable report is made, the engagement of the inspector to Pauline will be broken. The young man is considerably tempted; but when comparing the safety of the lives of hundreds of girls and the happiness of two young people, himself and his fiancée, his conscience will not permit him to hand in any but a truthful report. The owner tenders the inspector the engagement ring, which he accepts, and leaves. The young foreman of the factory is an inveterate ...
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