Favored by Alice, Jack is in fine spirits, while Bill, who is also a suitor for the beautiful young girl's hand, receiving no encouragement from her, he is surly and inclined to be ugly. Both Jack and Bill are sailors. When they go to sea they are both set to "trim sail." While they are far out on the bowsprit of the schooner. Bill suddenly places his foot on Jack's neck and pushes him into the ocean. A search is made for the unfortunate sailor, but it proves fruitless and the ship continues on her way. When Bill returns to port, he informs Alice of Jack's supposed death and begs her to marry him, now that the other suitor is no longer on earth. She coldly turns from him and looks sadly out to sea. Five years later, Jack, who has been cast on a desert isle, upon climbing to the top of a pile of rocks on the beach, which he has been in the habit of doing ever since he reached the island, sees a ship which has come into the bay for shelter from a violent storm. He is overjoyed at the ...
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