This unusually well-made Selig Polyscope Production covers a narrative span of fifteen years. The film begins with a violent prologue, as two burglars argue over division of their ill-gotten gains; one of the burglars settles the argument by stabbing the other with a knife. A decade and a half passes before the next scene, in which we discover that the surviving burglar, through means both fair and foul (mostly the latter), has risen to the position of supervisor in a mill town. While the mill's owners are in Europe, the supervisor runs roughshod over the workers, slashing their salaries and firing anyone who dares to defy him. Enter the college-educated son of one of the owners, who pleads with the cold-hearted supervisor to treat the workers more equitably. The supervisor responds by hiring three hooligans to kill the young man. Our hero is rescued by his sweetheart, who happens to be the daughter of the loyal millworker who should have gotten the superintendent's job. Revealed to be a louse (nobody could figure this out beforehand?), the villain is fired, the heroine's dad is hired in his place, and Capital and Labor peacefully iron out their differences.
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