A crusty old uncle, whose niece refuses to marry the man he selects, leaves a clause in his will requiring that she marry on a certain day, or be disinherited. Confronted with the loss of a fortune, or immediate marriage, reluctant to forego her freedom, being as yet "heart-whole" and "fancy-free," she decides on a plan that allows a loophole. A homeless man, drifting, discouraged, is induced to become her husband, and paid a large amount on condition that he absent himself for a legal period, and then submit to a divorce. After the marriage he decides on a fitting celebration. Comfortably seated in a saloon, he muses o'er the strange adventure. In a reverie he sees again the woman he has wed. Amused at first, the "man within" awakes, and he resolves to meet Fate's jest with one to match, to earn a name and fortune, return and win the love of the woman he has wed. In the West, seeking gold, he prevents a stagecoach hold-up: among the passengers is an Eastern banker, from whom he ...
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