Ernest Gray, discontented with the dull routine of a farmer's life, rails at his fate. He causes great uneasiness for his widowed mother and his brother, John, by openly sympathizing with those of anarchistic tendencies. At a lecture by Arthur Fenno, an anarchist, he gains the friendship of the lecturer by saving him from violence at the hands of a mob. Fenno prevails upon him to leave the farm and go to the city. He becomes a leader of an anti-capitalist movement, and attracts the attention of the mayor, who secures a position for him in a public library. Mary Pearce, a romantic school girl, is deeply impressed by him. They meet often, and their friendship ripens into love. Through ignorance, and intending no harm, he induces her to enter into a common-law marriage with him. A month later, while reading a book of law, he learns of his terrible mistake, and in a moment of cowardice, he drives her from him. Through this act he loses his position, and swears vengeance on the mayor, who ...
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