Convict No. 999, lonely in his prison cell, is handed a letter one morning from his mother. The letter states that the enfeebled old lady is ill and without food or money. The convict's heart saddens as he recalls his life of crime and that he is responsible for the poor old mother's want. He prays for the opportunity to redeem himself. Later he calls the guard, who is monotonously patrolling the hall outside and begs an interview with the warden of the penitentiary, a just, honest man, to whom he shows the letter and begs for a ticket of leave that he may visit his mother and make some endeavor to relieve her want. The request is granted, and promising to return when his time has expired. No. 999 shakes the wardens' hand and goes out. Beyond the gray walls of the penitentiary Walt Rooney makes haste to catch the next train for his home in the little western town. He arrives and hurries to his mother's home. The mother embraces him tenderly while Walt turns his head, hiding a tear. "I...
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