John Burly, a law clerk (Herbert Prior), wants to help his friend, newspaperman George Laughlin (John Sturgeon), who needs to go West for health reasons. He has already borrowed against his salary, so he unwisely tries to steal the needed sum. He is caught, but he tells his story to his boss, Robert Poindexter (Charles Sutton). Instead of sending Burly to jail, Poindexter gives him a year to return the money and fires him. Burly goes West, to the same town where Laughlin is now living. Poindexter's niece Helen (Bessie Learn) lives there, too, and she helps Burly get back on his feet. Laughlin supports Burly's candidacy for district attorney, but a thoroughly crooked clerk from the old law office, Tom Neil (Frank McGlynn), shows up. He has stolen the confession that Burly wrote when he was caught stealing and tries to use it as blackmail. He winds up selling it to the current district attorney, Wallace, and it looks like Burly's past is going to be exposed. But W! allace has also been romancing Helen, and she rips the signature off the confession, making it worthless. Burly wins the election and Helen.
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